Green Wave defense digs in for 2017

Staff Writer

The Green Wave’s defensive line was the best in the state last season, and that’s what allowed them to do many different things on that side of the football.

They were able to constantly create penetration on running plays, and not let teams feel comfortable when they handed the ball off to the running back.

Terence Cherry, defensive tackle, was one of the best defensive linemen in the state and his quick twitch allowed him to get into the backfield and make plays on a consistent basis. He’ll be back in the 2017 season, and will likely create even more havoc for the Green Wave.

West Point’s defensive line gave teams issues all night long, and their constant ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks was a key component in what allowed them to win their first state championship since winning back-to-back titles in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

West Point’s linebackers were able to roam free for much of the 2016 season, because of the presence that the defensive line had, and they took full advantage of that.

The Green Wave’s linebackers played close to the line of scrimmage, and they were able to help stuff running backs in the backfield on a consistent basis.

The linebacker play was an extreme strength for the Green Wave last season, and they have a core of those players coming back for the 2017 season.

West Point’s linebackers were able to cover tight ends and running backs in passing situations, and that allowed them to play a lot of man defense and have plenty of players available to rush the passer.

West Point will have a lot of experience returning at that position for the 2017 season, and that will only help them as they look to repeat as state champions.

West Point went into last year with the least amount of experience in the secondary, but that wasn’t a detriment to them as they were able to make plays all throughout the year to help them.

The Green Wave secondary had the speed that allowed them to consistently cover dynamic receivers, and not let themselves get beat and over the top.

That was extremely beneficial, as the defensive line was able to create havoc and that often times mean that teams were going to attempt to pass it more against them, and the secondary consistently held up to that burden.
They’ll have a lot of players back there this season, and with the way that most expect the defensive line to play, it’ll be a huge advantage to have those guys with that experience back for the 2017 season.