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November 26th, 2012
West Point returned to Starkville for the second time this year to take on the Yellow Jackets in the North Half Championship game. The Green Wave had a tall order ahead of them as they wanted to seek redemption over Starkville who knocked out West Point in the 2011 playoffs.
In a hard fought game, the Wave and Jackets needed more than four quarters to decide the winner in Starkville. After one overtime period, the Yellow Jackets were the victors with a Gabe Myles two-point conversion run, 29-28.
I have been watching the NBC syndicated series â€śFriday Night Lightsâ€ť the past couple of weeks. In the current season, the head coach for the fictional Dillon Panthers Eric Taylor, portrayed by Kyle Chandler, informs his players that any recruiting violations will hurt the player and team. Many of the recruiters for the universities push for Dillonâ€™s top-rated running back, Smash Williams. The majority of these recruiters offer Smash special treatment, money, and even cars if he will chose to attend their university or college.
The West Point Green Wave (11-3; 7-0) had a number of lopsided victories during the 2012 season.
One thing the team did not have was a lopsided loss.
Of the three blemishes on the West Point schedule, including Friday nightâ€™s season-ending loss to Starkville, the Green Wave did not lose by any more than six points in each defeat.
The first loss of the season came during week one against South Panola. The final score was 12-10 in favor of the hosting Batesville team.
Once again it was Starkvilleâ€™s Gabe Myles who handed the Wave their final loss of the season. This time it took an overtime period to decide the team that got to travel to Jackson. Myles threw the overtime touchdown and ran in the winning two-point conversion to lead the Jackets past West Point for a second time in a row in postseason play.
It was a hard fought affair the last time Starkville and West Point met in the playoffs.
A fourth quarter drive led by Starkville Quarterback Gabe Myles put out the then two-time defending 5A champions in West Point 20-14.
Last year was not the Waveâ€™s year in the West Point-Starkville rivalry as the Yellow Jackets doubled up on the Green Wave. But in 2012, West Point won the regular season game in Starkville 47-22, and hopes to find redemption this year in the North Half Championship.
The Lady Wave could not get much done Monday night against Kemper County as the Lady Wildcats ran rampant in the West Point gym. West Point was on the wrong side of a twenty point deficit and fell to the Lady Wildcats 53-33.
Juan Davis nailed a clutch corner three at the 3:15 minute mark of the fourth quarter with the game tied 49-49. Davisâ€™s shot sparked a 10-2 scoring stretch allowing the Green Wave to beat Kemper County 63-56 on Monday night.
Oak Hill Academy was unable to keep their undefeated season alive against Starkville Academy in a 39-52 loss against the Volunteers. The Raiders were plagued by bad shooting and many careless turnovers that resulted in easy layups for Starkville. While Oak Hill was resilient in their comeback efforts, the deficit they had fallen into earlier in the game proved to be insurmountable.
The Lady Raiders came close, but were not able to knock their rival Starkville Academy from the top spot in the rankings. In an incredible rally, Oak Hill nearly upset the Lady Volunteers in an electric Monday night game that resulted in a 58-52 loss for the Lady Raiders.
The first half of the competition was frustrating for fans to watch. The Lady Raiders were sturggling from the field and the Lady Vols could not miss. After a lethargic opening half, Oak Hill headed to the locker room trailing 37-17.
It was the second round of the 5-A playoffs, and West Point looked spectacular against the Ridgeland Titans.
Everything was hitting on all cylinders as the Wave controlled all three aspects of the game. Offensively and defensively, West Point looked high-caliber and explosive throughout. Along with the special teams play with contribution in the kicking game from Eric Lemus and a kick-off return touchdown by Aeris Williams.
â€śWe hit on all cylinders, we came out and we were ready,â€ť said Quarterback Tez Lane about the Waveâ€™s offense performance.