West Point wins division road game

For Daily Times Leader
Staff Writer

Any road game can be difficult and can never be taken for granted.

The West Point Green Wave considered Friday night’s game at Grenada as a very important one and treated it as such.

West Point took its perfect Class 5A, Region 1 record into the matchup against the Chargers and remained that way after getting a 38-17 victory.

Kameron Martin gained 85 rushing yards and scored twice for the Green Wave (8-1; 5-0).

“We knew the implications were still high for (Friday night’s) game,” West Point head coach Chris Chambless aid. “We made sure we handled business on the road. Our guys know we are going to play our brand of football, and it worked out (Friday night).”

Martin opened the scoring against Grenada with a 5-yard touchdown carry, and Jaylun Eggerson made it a two-score game with his 6-yard touchdown run. Jake Chambless added a 15-yard strike to TJ Anderson for a 21-3 halftime advantage. Jake added a 33-yard touchdown pass to Shun Crawford in the third. West Point completed its scoring with Martin's second touchdown and a Jose Lemus, 28-yard field goal during the fourth quarter.

Grenada (3-7; 1-4) scored twice during the fourth but never threatened the Wave during their victory.

West Point senior defensive back Ryan Melton collected an interception and fumble recovery. Senior safety Tyler Rupert also had an  interception.

Coach Chambless saw some “little things” that need to be “cleaned up.”

“The penalties are one of the biggest little things we are facing,” Chris Chambless said. “I know that it can hurt drives or prolong the opponent’s drives if we continue to give away field position like that.”

The Green Wave have won six straight since its loss to the Starkville Yellowjackets and clinched home-field advantage for the postseason's opening round.

That was important to achieve in Melton’s mind.

“The homefield advantage is exactly what we needed,” Melton said. “It’s important. I know it’s hard to beat us at home. The fans are going to bring great support. We wanted home-field advantage (during the postseason) from the beginning of the season and know how important will be to help us get back into a state championship game.”