Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
As the Division 1-5A schedule turns the corner and heads for home, the West Point High School football team finds itself in a familiar spot:
Undefeated within the district, and in control of the division race entering the homestretch.
Since joining the division in 2008, West Point is a perfect 19-0 against district opponents, and are outscoring division foes by an average of 21 points in that span.
Tonight, the two-time defending state champs will look to continue their stranglehold on Division 1-5A when they host Saltillo for homecoming, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Hebron can write their own history this week.
The Eagles finish the 2011 season tonight at home against Calhoun Academy and although it doesnât have any playoff implications, in some ways it feels like it does.
âWe have a shot at a winning season,â head coach Tri Nason said. âThatâs more than any other teams have had since Iâve been here. Friday night we get to write our own history. Are we going to be the team that starts getting Hebron on the right track thatâs winning, or are we going to
fall in âalmost there but not quite.ââ
Itâs come down to one moment, one chance to qualify. No restarts or do overs. And for five young athletes on the West Point Swimming team, they want to make the most of it.
Saturday, Kelsey Redus, Isabel Facella, Jessica Farr, Abby Scott and alternate Katie Wilson will don their swimming caps and hit the pool at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness in Flowood for the MHSAA North State championships.
West Point, known for football and basketball prospects over the years, has had swimmers make it this far, but this is a first for these girls and they want to make the most of it.
West Point put themsleves firmly in the drivers seat Friday night, now all they have to do is keep their foot on the gas.
The Green Waveâs ground and pound offense was unstoppable as they ran for 419 total yards in a 37-19 5A Region 1 victory over Clarksdale to move to 3-0 in district play and remain the lone undefeated team after New Hope lost to Hernando.
It was the second long road trip for the Green Wave in the last three weeks.
Hebron Christian had an almost perfect performance Friday night, arguably their best on the season.
The Eagles (4-3) had 363 yards of total offense and scored on four of the first five drives in the first half on their way to a 52-6 victory over Flint Hill on homecoming night.
Head coach Tri Nason said it was a complete team effort in the victory as the Eagles halted a two-game skid in front of a large crowd at home.
Heritage Academy ruined the homecoming festivities Friday night for Oak Hill, shutting out the Raiders 49-0.
It was the fourth time this season the Raiders failed to put any points on the board as they were handed their eighth consecutive loss to remain winless on the season.
The inconsistent Patriots (4-4) rushed for 403 yards in the victory and found the end-zone on seven of the first eight drives.
Starting from their own 22-yard line, the Patriots needed just 10 plays to score the game's first touchdown when Cade Lott connected with Parker Turner from 36-yards away.
If West Point hopes to repeat as division and 5A state champions this season, the road to Jackson goes through Clarksdale.
Two of three undefeated divisional teams square off in a game that could affect the outcome of their respective seasons. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. in Clarksdale.
The Green Wave are coming off back-to-back victories for the first time this season and head coach Chris Chambless said the morale around the locker room is becoming a little familiar.
With all the distractions off the field this week at Hebron Christian School, one might think the Eagles would lose focus with it being homecoming.
Not a chance, because after two straight losses by a combined four points, the Eagles are looking to end that skid and close out the season with a pair of home victories.
Eagles head football coach Tri Nason, hopes his players can stay focused in practice and take care of business on the football field tonight against Flint Hill (Ala.).
Oak Hill Academy showed much improvement in the second half of last weekâs loss to Leake that they plan to keep up the momentum when they host Golden Triangle rival Heritage Academy.
âThey played hard, we got a lot out of themâ head coach Benjie Merchant said. âThey went to the bell and played a good team in Leake. We battled to the end there.â
The Raiders finally ended their scoring drought with the first touchdown since week three.
Merchant said the boys have had a pretty good practice this week.
East Mississippi head football coach Buddy Stephens says he isnât surprised with how his Lions have started the 2011 football season.
After all, theyâre ranked No. 3 in the country, undefeated at 5-0 and have one of the most explosive offenses in the nation.
Their opponents this week, Northeast Mississippi, were relatively quiet despite winning four in a row until they defeated then No. 10 Northwest on the road 34-28. One team will be undefeated no longer. Tigers head coach Ricky Smither says heâs a little stunned with how his team has quickly turned some heads this season.