Greenies celebrate as nine seniors head to the next level

Nine seniors from the West Point High School football team signed to play college football during a ceremony on Wednesday for National Signing Day. Each senior is holding up four fingers to signify the four 5A state championship teams they were a part of at WPHS. (Photo by Ryan Phillips, DTL)
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The outgoing senior class for the West Point High School Green Wave might be sending nine to play football at the college level, but this class accomplished something much bigger.

When the Greenies defeated Picayune 38-26 in Hattiesburg in December, the senior class became the first in school history to win four consecutive 5A state titles, tying the school with South Panola for the most among Mississippi high schools at 11.

This year’s signing class saw three running backs receive the chance to play at the next level as Brandon Harris and Jimothy Mays both signed with East Mississippi Community College, while Dantaryius Cannon signed with Holmes.

The Greenies have earned their titles cultivating a strong run game capable of grinding teams into submission, which was made possible by three lineman who also will take their talents to the college ranks.

T.J. Anderson, a 6-1, 215-pound tight end, made dazzling catches from the his spot and also aided in the blocking game. Anderson signed with Hinds Community College, where he will be joined by fellow offensive lineman Jonquez Roby, a 6-2, 290-pound force who opened gaps all season in the run game.

The third member of the the Green Wave’s talented offensive line to sign was Miller Conn, a 6-foot, 250-pound center and long snapper, who will go on to play for Mississippi College.

Offensive weapon Jordan Rupert, a 5-10 receiver and defensive back who has been clocked at a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, will join fellow offensive threat Cannon at Holmes.

On the defensive side, 225-pound linebacker Tyron Orr, who terrorized opposing offenses on his way to a handful of state championship rings, signed with coach Buddy Stephens and EMCC.

Defensive lineman Robert Spearmon, who is 6-2 and weighs 265 pounds, signed to play at Coahoma Community College.

Coach Chambless expressed pride in his talented senior class, but stressed to those coming behind them that the expectations would not change.

“This year’s going to depend on you,” Chambless told his younger players gathered at the signing ceremony. “How you want us to go is what’s going to happen. We’ve been very fortunate to have a group of seniors in the past who took the bull by the ring so to speak and led us in the right direction, we’re always going to go as our seniors go.”

The coach then emphasized how important of an opportunity it was for the players to sign, while saying the school might not quite be done producing college talent from its current class.

“Some of our guys will get offers later on,” Chambless said. “We always have guys in June or July or May who get an offer, so hopefully our signing’s not done yet.”