West Point travels to Center Hill for next outing

Hunter Cloud
Special to Daily Times Leader

West Point went four rounds with a heavyweight and won 14-13 over Lafayette last week, now head coach Chris Chambless and the Green Wave look to the road as the team travels to play Center Hill.

“We have had a good week of preparation, having to deal with the rain and everything else,” Chambless said. “I believe our guys are focused on going on a long business trip and getting the job done.”

West Point’s last road game was against Starkville this season. Chambless said there is no difference in how they prepare for a road game versus a home game.

“You got to go into every game mentally prepared,” Chambless said. “Certainly those games some guys don’t focus because of the long trips. Certainly our guys are locking in and keep doing their jobs.”

As with every game this season, Chambless’ keys to victory were playing fundamentally and technically sound football.

“We are going to have to block, tackle and not turn it over,” Chambless said. “Turnovers are huge in any game so our game is to not have any turnovers and play good defense and tackle well.”

Chambless said the rain has helped the team practice ball security with a slick football this week. There is another key to success for the team besides not turning the ball over.

As far as key players for the Green Wave, Chambless said to have success the entire team has to contribute. Eight players have combined for 1,061 yards this year on the ground.

“All of them,” Chambless said. “Everyone that is on the field they all have a role to play.”

The West Point defense will have to contain the option offense that Center Hill uses as it has gained 1,164 yards on the ground this season.

“They are going to run some option at us,” Chambless said. “You got to play your assignment in football to stop that kind of offensive run. (With) one missed assignment, that leaves runners down the field untouched and that’s something we got to do a good job of.”

West Point (4-1,1-0 Class 5A, Region 1) has scored a a total of 15 rushing touchdowns out of their 20 total this season. The run game will be the key to success for the Green Wave as well as big special teams plays.

Center Hill (3-3, 0-1) has scored 14 touchdowns this year and it will also need the run to find success as it has scored 13 of the 14 touchdowns on run plays.