West Point rallies to beat Grenada

Photo by Cal Brown, DTL
By: 
CAL BROWN
For Daily Times Leader

A seven-point deficit late in the third quarter was not enough to keep the West Point Green Wave from making a comeback when they held off the Grenada Chargers on Friday night.

The Green Wave found themselves down 13-6 at halftime, but rallied for 14 non-answered points to take a 20-13 victory over the Chargers.

West Point head coach Chris Chambless said it was all about execution for his team in the second half.

“Our guys just executed, played hard and we were able to get some things going in the second half and play our style of ball.” Chambless said.

The lone touchdown of the first half for the Green Wave came on a 24-yard pass from Brandon Harris to Trey Ryland near the end of the first quarter.

For a moment, it did not seem likely that West Point would be able to come out victorious. The Green Wave suddenly had the momentum shift into their favor when they made two quick scores within the last minute of the third quarter.

The first of those two scores for West Point came from a touchdown run by Dantariyus Cannon. The second score came a few plays after Cannon’s touchdown run when linebacker Tyron Orr took an interception to the house as the clock expired for the third quarter.

Cannon said that when the Green Wave came out for the second half down 13-6 that they had to play harder than they did the first half.

“We had to go hard,” Cannon said. “We knew they were going to come in and make great plays because they are a great team, but we just had to stay focused, play the next play and keep working.”

Orr’s pick six on the final play of the third quarter not only gave West Point the winning score but all the momentum it needed to hold off Grenada for the rest of the game.

“I knew the play was going to come,” Orr said. “As the play was going on, I saw the quarterback stare down his receiver and I just made a play on the ball. After I caught the ball, I saw the end zone and that made my eyes light up, so I shot for it.”
The Green Wave (8-1, 4-0) continue Class 5A, Region 1 play when they travel to Columbus to face the Falcons this Friday night.

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