Wave wins big on senior night

Green Wave linebacker Tyron Orr brings down the New Hope quarterback during their 49-3 win over the Trojans on Friday night.
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It was a special senior night and a pretty happy birthday for West Point fullback Kelviontae Gibbs.

Gibbs scored a pair of first half touchdowns on the day he turned 18 as the Green Wave defeated the New Hope Trojans 49-3 on Friday night.

There was nothing but satisfaction for Gibbs to get the big win on senior night and close out the home slate of the regular season with a victory.

West Point head coach Chris Chambless was very proud of the way his team played for the seniors.

“This group of seniors who have carried the torch have been great leaders for us,” Chambless said. “They’re playing some good football and having fun, and that’s what it’s all about; everyone believing in each other.”

For the second consecutive week, senior running back Dantariyus Cannon scored on the first offensive play of the game for the Green Wave, which set the tone early for five first half touchdowns.

Cannon expressed how much it means for him and the rest of his senior teammates to win in the fashion they did.

“It’s like what coach Chambless always tells us, 'make the best of your senior year. It’s your choice of which memories you make. Are you going to make good or bad memories?’ and we push hard to make good memories,” Cannon said.

After the initial touchdown by Cannon, West Point went on to score four more touchdowns in the first half including a pair by senior fullback Kelviontae Gibbs, another by Cannon, and one from senior running back Jimothy Mays, giving the Green Wave the 33-3 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Mays and senior fullback DJ Moseley scored the last two touchdowns to set up the game’s final score.

It wasn’t just the offense that had a memorable night for the Green Wave. The defense had a huge night getting after the New Hope quarterback, especially when it found him in his own end zone for a safety shortly after the second half began. The special teams unit also had a good night, blocking two New Hope punts.

“We had great energy," Chambless said. "The guys pulled together and played for each other."

Chambless also said that the cold weather on Friday night was no issue for his team.

“We love the weather," Chambless said. "It doesn’t matter what it is. Our guys like getting dirty and that’s what football is all about. It's getting after it, having fun, and doing the little things right. When you do those three things, you put a lot of smiles on people’s faces.”

West Point, which is now riding a nine-game winning streak and has a firm grip at the top of the Class 5A, Region 1 standings, will close out the regular season when it travels to Olive Branch to take on the Center Hill Mustangs on Friday night.