West Point beats Columbus in rain

By: 
CAL BROWN
For Daily Times Leader

Constant rain was no problem for the West Point Green Wave on Friday night.

The Green Wave were still their dominating selves as they defeated the Columbus Falcons 35-6 on the road.

West Point set the tone right out of the gate when it recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and scored on the first offensive play, which led to an explosive first half that saw all 35 Green Wave points scored.

West Point head coach Chris Chambless said that the wet conditions was one of the things that his team had prepared for leading up to Friday night.

“We practiced in these conditions all week, but nothing really prepares you until you do it,” Chambless said. “Especially in this atmosphere with the rain coming down all night, but our guys handled it well. They were mentally prepared for it and I thought we played at a high level.”

After the Green Wave recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff, the run game was able to flex its muscle when running back Dantariyus Cannon scored the first pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter with the first one coming off of the first play from scrimmage.

Cannon said that his team loved the wet conditions that they played in Friday night.

“We love conditions like this,” Cannon said. “This is all we practiced in this week. Undefeated in the rain. We love it.”

After Cannon’s two touchdowns, running back Jimothy Mays went on to score a pair of touchdowns himself in the second quarter complimented by a pick six from Xavier Moody within the last 2 minutes of the first half to give West Point a convincing 35-0 halftime lead.

The lone touchdown for Columbus came from a 16-yard run by quarterback Jaelan Craddieth midway through the third quarter, but that was all the Falcons could do.

The Green Wave will continue region play when they host the New Hope Trojans this Friday night.

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