It’s a 30 for 30 story for West Point seniors

This year’s football senior class at West Point has been a part of three-straight state championships and is working on another outstanding season. (Image provided by West Point athletics)
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DANNY P. SMITH
Daily Times Leader

When it comes to the chemistry between members of the West Point football senior class this season, it’s a 30 for 30 story.

That’s how many seniors are listed on the Green Wave roster this season and they have been a part of a very successful run over their careers.

Those 30 seniors have been a part of three-straight state championships at West Point and are working on another with its 9-1 overall record this season.

“We’ve got a pretty good senior class and I think that really plays a part of it,” Green Wave senior defensive lineman Robert Spearmon said. “Seniors have to lead the team and that’s every team.”

West Point head coach Chris Chambless understands the value of a strong senior class.

It’s no accident the Green Wave have enjoyed the wins and the titles they have over the last several years because the seniors make sure the program remains at that standard.

“You are only as good as your seniors allow you to be each year,” Chambless said. “As coaches, we are going to coach you hard and we are going to be the same coaches. How we go as a team is left up to the seniors. That’s how I’ve always run things. You put the responsibility on them to carry themselves the right way and have pride. The coaches can have it every year, but it’s not going to rub off on the young guys until the older guys get out in front of it.”

That culture is built up over time.

Green Wave senior linebacker Tyron Orr, who leads the team with 57 tackles, said the seniors have developed a bond the last few years.

“We’ve been playing with each other since the seventh grade,” Orr said. “We’ve got good chemistry. We looked up to the seniors before us.”

It’s a process that works for West Point where the next senior class feeds off of the year before.

One of the first meetings Chambless holds each year is with the next group of seniors.

Chambless asks the group what it wants to be the identity of the team and he’s never surprised when the seniors are all in agreement that they want to carry on the tradition.

“It’s amazing when they become seniors, they get serious about being leaders,” Chambless said. “Very seldom you’ll find a sophomore and even a junior that’s one of your top leaders. When they become seniors, they kind of settle into that leadership role. They are unique, but one thing always remains the same. They want to carry on our core values we have and work ethic in the offseason. They leads the team during the season and keep everything in line.”

With 30, it’s one of the largest senior classes Chambless has seen, but he said they usually have in the 25-30 range.

Seniors Brandon Harris and Dantariyus Cannon have been one of the most impressive one-two punches in the backfield ever for the Green Wave.

The duo combines for 1,679 yards rushing with Harris having 868 of those and Cannon adding the other 811.

Cannon said it’s important to keep producing to show the underclassmen how it’s done at West Point.

“We are the oldest and we have young ones that look up to us,” Cannon said. “Everything we do, we stay together. We want to show them the road, win another state championship and keep going.”

The seniors will be recognized during the final regular season home game on Friday night against New Hope.

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