Green Wave off to races, to handle the Gators 47-7

Hunter Cloud
For Daily Times Leader

Brandon Lairy never looked back as he raced to the end zone on a 50-yard interception return, scoring the second touchdown of the night, and the West Point Green Wave were off to the races.

Lairy was a part of a 47-7 homecoming victory by West Point over Lake Cormorant on Friday night.

Lairy said that all he could think about was scoring as he tightroped down the sideline, and into the end zone.

“It’s a score – that’s it,” Lairy said. “When I caught it, I told my coaches this was going to be a good week this week. I caught one and took it to the house.”

The first touchdown of three touchdowns for Brandon Harris came on the ground as he plowed over some defenders for a 2-yard touchdown to put the Green Wave up 7-0.

Harris said that the team came out strong, as the defense forced a three-and-out 30 seconds into the game.

“It’s a blessing to be winning man,” Harris said. “Offense came out strong, defense came out strong and we have been working hard all week so I think we deserve this win.”

One of the playmakers in the game was Kameron Martin, whose interception in the back of the end zone and 10-yard touchdown made it 21-0.

“I think I did pretty good, ran the ball well and just got the job done,” Martin said. “It’s a big win because that is a playoff caliber team and to just blow them out like that, it’s a big win.”

Harris scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard run into the end zone to make it 27-0 as the kicker missed an extra point.

The team came onto the field with a sledge hammer before the game and Harris explained the meaning. After all he was the sledgehammer in the red zone as all his touchdowns were less than 5 yards.

“We machines baby!," Harris said. "We don’t stop. It’s like a hammer. We don’t stop and we keep working. We can bend, but we don’t break.”

Harris then scored again on a 1-yard run into the end zone. For his performance of 40 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns, he got to wear the playmaker chain.

“It’s a blessing, man, to score all three touchdowns,” Harris said. “I can do nothing but thank God for allowing me to play this game and win.”

The kicker missed his second extra point attempt as it was blocked, and the score was 33-0 after Harris’s touchdown. West Point head coach Chris Chambless was adamant that he has faith in his kicker Jose Lemus.

“He is my kicker, (and) he will always be my kicker," Chambless said. "As long as he is here, he is always doing a good job. When you have to kick so many, you are going to miss some. We will get all of that fixed.”

Dantarius Cannon scored a 17-yard touchdown to make it 40-0 and then Latarius Embry scored a 52-yard touchdown to make it 40-7.

Lake Cormorant avoided the shutout as JJ Daniels scored on a 5-yard run.

Chambless said he was proud of his defense, which forced three interceptions.

“That is just some testament that our guys are getting back to playing West Point defense,” Chambless said. “They are forcing turnovers, and doing whatever they can to win some ball games.”

Chambless still had one thing he wished his offense did better in the game as it had a few fumbles.

“We just got to improve, (and) can’t turn the ball over,” Chambless said. “It’s one of those things you can’t do and consistently win, so we will work continuously to try and fix that.”

Harris was on the same page as his coach and said they need to get better with ball security going into next week's game against Olive Branch.

“We got to step it up though,” Harris said. “Some places we missed, we can fix, and we are striving every day to fix them.”

With the win, West Point improved to 6-1 with a 3-0 Class 5A, Region 1 record, Lake Cormorant fell to 4-3 with a 2-1 division record.