West Point rallies to beat Lafayette 28-24

Staff Writer

It did not look promising early in the third quarter for the West Point Green Wave on Friday night.

Down 24-7, the Green Wave had dug themselves a big hole in their Class 5A, Region 1 opener against the Lafayette Commodores on the road.

As champions do, West Point rallied for 21 non-answered points and defeated Lafayette 28-24.

It was the fourth-straight victory of the season for the Green Wave as they improved to 5-1.

"We came out flat in the first half," West Point head coach Chris Chambless said. "We played sloppy and we let Lafayette control us mentally in the first half. We overcame a lot of adversity and had a great mindset in the second half.

"It was a great team win and one I will remember for a long time."

After the Commodores opened the scoring with a 25-yard field goal with 6:23 remaining in the first quarter, the Green Wave got their first points on a 6-yard touchdown run by Jimothy Mays at the 1:37 mark of the first quarter.

Lafayette took control of the game in the second quarter and led 17-7 at halftime with touchdown runs of 8 and 48 yards.

The Commodores stretched their advantage to 24-7 with a 32-yard touchdown run with 7:45 left in the third quarter, but that was the last time they found the end zone or any points in general as the West Point defense shut them down the rest of the way.

Dantaryius Cannon got the comeback started for the Green Wave with a 4-yard scoring run with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Cannon made it back-to-back touchdowns with a 5-yarder at the 8:19 mark, then Mays got his second touchdown run of the game with 3:19 left in the game from 4 yards out for the winning points.
A sack by the West Point defense on the game's final play preserved the victory for the visitors.

The Green Wave play at home next week against Saltillo in the second division game of the season.