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Entering Friday night's road game at Lake Cormorant, West Point head football coach Chris Chambless stressed one fact to his team over and over this week in practice: It's a new season.
After struggling through a brutal non-district schedule with a 1-3 mark, the two-time defending state champions started their new season with a bang Friday night, opening Division 1-5A play with a convincing 42-14 road win over Lake Cormorant.
Coming off another tough loss to regional rivals Noxubee County last week, West Point will get a chance to prove they still have some fight left when they open district play tonight at Lake Cormorant.
West Point were undefeated against district foes in 2010.
In Macon, the Green Wave, who twice before on the night converted on a fourth-down situations, failed to pick up a first down when DeQuinten Spraggins pass was incomplete to Tez Lane.
Down by a pair of runs to potentially tie the ball game, Oak Hill Academy failed to capitalize with the bases loaded and two outs Wednesday afternoon as Hebron Christian was able to hold on to a 5-3 victory.
It was the final regular season game before the postseason for the Lady Eagles who had played their second game in two days and were coming off a tough district loss the night before to Winona. The Lady Raiders, who had won four in a row coming in, had their win streak snapped before senior day on Thursday.
After another two-week layoff on the gridiron, the Hebron Eagles will take the field tonight looking to continue their two game winning streak when they travel to Pearl to take on Class A-4 Park Place.
In their last contest, the Eagles came from behind to pull out a 36-16 victory over Clinton Christian thanks to a three touchdown performance by Taylor Coggins. Head coach Tri Nason said the layoff gave a chance for the Eagles to catch a breather.
Oak Hill Academy is still searching for their first win on the year.
But as the weeks continue, the opponents wonât get any easier, including Canton Academy.
The 2-3 Panthers have had an inconsistent season. After starting 0-2, they got their first victory over Hillcrest and went toe-to-toe with Winston Academy, arguably the toughest team in the district.
âThey gave Winston a run for their money,â Raiders head coach Benjie Merchant said. âAthlete wise theyâre like Manchester and they play hard.â
Hebron Christianâs hopes of a district softball title evaporated Tuesday night as Winona Christian scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to earn a 5-3 victory on the road and take first place into the playoffs which start this weekend.
The Lady Eagles (12-7), who already secured their fifth consecutive playoff appearance a week ago, came back from a 2-0 deficit after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning to tie the game and eventually take the lead.
âWe just got out played,â Hebron head coach Cass Tapley said.
The West Point High School swimming team had another good meet in the pool last Saturday, this time in Oxford including three top-ten finishes in their second meet of the season.
In all, 16 schools were represented from around the state.
âOverall, the majority of our swimmers had a faster time this meet than they did their very first meet two weeks ago,â head coach Stephen Stockton said. âI am very proud of each one of them. They have been working very hard, in-spite of the weather the past couple of weeks.â
On the heels of the teamâs first victory in 2011, West Point (1-2) will have another tough hurdle when they hit the road for the second time this season at Noxubee County.
Last week, the Green Wave used a dominating second half effort from its defense and a balanced attack on offense to earn a 33-12 win over visiting Starkville who handed them their only loss a year ago.
As many as six players will be out for Oak Hill in tonightâs non conference slate versus Winona Christian. Itâs been an issue for the read and white since fall camp.
Head coach Benjie Merchant and his staff have been forced to reshuffle positions all year long.
âItâs killing us,â he said. âWe get one back, we lose anther one.â
Third string quarterback Adam Tumey, a new addition to the squad will be taking the snaps. Last season he played cornerback.
âHeâs got a good arm and good throwing motion, just lack of experience at the position,â Merchant said.
With Hebron Christian School on the verge of a district title, Tuesdayâs 12-1 victory over Calhoun Academy clinched a fifth consecutive playoff appearance for the Lady Eagles.
A landmark in itself, but for pitcher Chloe Tapley, it solidified her as one of the best pitchers in the MAIS.
Tapley again had another stellar outing in the circle, just three hits given up to compliment 13 strikeouts.
Nothing new for the junior, who over the last few weeks had pitched three straight no-hitters.