Green Wave grows in spring loss to Oxford

Staff Writer

Friday night provided a little new territory for the West Point High School football team.

Fresh off two previous spring games where they dominated big-name programs on either offense or defense on the way to three straight Class 5A state titles, the young Green Wave football team took it on the chin a little, 31-16, from a strong Class 6A Oxford team.

The Chargers finished 9-3 last year and some think they will contend for the state title this year.

“They are really good team,” said West Point coach Chris Chambless, who is known for challenging his teams with tough competition in both spring games and fall jamborees.

While the score wasn’t pretty, the coaching veteran wasn’t disheartened.

“We got beat pretty good, but we played a lot of players and we had a few injured players who didn’t play. Youth hurt us, but I can assure you we got better,” Chambless said of the game that served to close out the school’s month-long spring practice.
"the score was 14-0 at the half and they scored the second touchdown with like two seconds left so the score might not really have been indicative of all the game," he added.

The offense, which stuck to a “pretty scripted plan,” moved the ball, the coach said, but either got bogged down and surrendered turnovers.

“We only punted three times all night,” Chambless observed.

A couple of the highlights were Xavier Moody’s pick-6 interception in the junior varsity  quarter and senior running back Brandon Harris interception during a stint at free safety.

Playing a lot of kids has its benefits.

“We got to see a lot of players doing the things we wanted to see, the things we got a lot of film of. We got a lot of people in live game action. That’s what we wanted to do, to be able to see and help the kids. A lot of people don’t do that,” said Chambless, who has coached the Green Wave to five of its 10 state titles.

“It might not be what we’ve done in the last couple of years, but in 2009 and 2010, we got beat up in he spring and came out and won state championships in both years. The kids went into this and came out of it with a great attitude. They know what they’ve got to do,” he concluded.