Running game, defense help in West Point win

Cal Brown
For Daily Times Leader

The West Point running game and defense flexed its muscles when it faced off with the Tupelo Golden Wave on Friday night.

That combination was enough to help the Green Wave win a 37-7 decision over the Golden Wave.

Senior Brandon Harris got West Point started on the right note with a 1-yard touchdown following a 96-yard drive on its opening possession. Harris punched it in again from a few yards out two plays after the Green Wave defense recovered a Tupelo fumble in their own territory.

“I really got to give credit to my offensive line,” Harris said. “They blocked their tail off tonight. Tupelo is a good team, but we made our adjustments, kept going and never quit.”

It became 20-0 when linebacker Keon Cunningham scooped up a Tupelo fumble and took it 72 yards for a touchdown.

“When I saw the ball on the ground, I thought to myself, ‘Don’t get caught,” Cunningham said. “I just took it to the house like we were coached to.”

After that, Tupelo responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the West Point lead 20-7 late in the first half, but the Green Wave did a good job of responding before the half when quarterback Gray Berry found Jakobe Pate with 2 seconds left in the first half to extend their lead 27-7 at the intermission.

A 6-yard touchdown run by Jimothy Mays and a 26-yard field goal by Alex Harper capped the scoring for West Point.

“I felt like we were kind of sluggish at times,” Green Wave head coach Chris Chambless said. “It’s been a long hot week at practice, (and) we just came off an emotional win last week against Starkville. What worries you the most as a coach is getting back up to play after a big emotional win. We accomplished our goals tonight, did some things well on the scenarios we prepared for in practice. I was very proud of our guys.”

West Point will be back in action next Friday night when they travel to Macon to face the Noxubee County Tigers.