West Point wins North title over Olive Branch

West Point receiver Jason Brownlee goes up for a touchdown grab during the North title game against Olive Branch on Friday
Staff Writer

West Point will defend its state title next Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, as the Green Wave held off Olive Branch 39-6 Friday night.

The Green Wave struck early with Marcus Murphy finding Jason Brownlee for a 67-yard touchdown with 10:12 left in the first quarter. Olive Branch’s second drive ended with a Tyler Rupert interception at the Conquistador 41-yard line.

It would not take the Green Wave long to capitalize on the turnover, as Murphy went in for a 2-yard score to give West Point a 13-0 lead with 7:57 left in the opening quarter.

Murphy would run for his second touchdown early in the second quarter, as he went in from four yards out to put West Point ahead 19-0. Another Rupert interception would set the Green Wave up with good field position at the Olive Branch 29-yard line.

The score would remain 19-0 until Jake Chambless tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to Brownlee for his second receiving touchdown of the night and a 25-0 halftime lead. Olive Branch would get on the board with 4:48 left in the third quarter when the Conquistadors’ Juan Hassell scooped up a Green Wave fumble and returned it 68-yards for a touchdown to cut the score to 25-6.

Murphy would run for a 3-yard touchdown with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter to increase the Green Wave lead to 32-6. Chris Calvert would put the nail in the coffin when he ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 3:20 left in the game for a 39-6 win.

Brownlee caught five passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, while Murphy ran for 99 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while throwing for 164 yards and a score on 8-of-13 passing. Chambless also threw for 89 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-7 attempts. Calvert also rushed for 108 yards and one touchdown.

Tyler Rupert finished with two interceptions defensively.

“We have to continue to bring our A-game and continue to stay motivated,” Murphy said. “We kept our composure and played our ball game.”

Olive Branch’s season ends at 12-2, with its only two losses coming at West Point. The Conquistadors made an impressive turnaround from a winless season in 2016. West Point will defend its Class 5A state championship on Saturday night in Oxford, as the Green Wave try and put a bow on a 15-0 season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at the University of Mississippi.

“We’ve got one more week. One more week of preparation, learning, and doing the little things right,” West Point head coach Chris Chambless said. “This team, we feel like, can get so much better week to week, and this next week of practice we’re going to get better.”