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November 6th, 2012
West Point played solid defense and went by a weaker New Hope in the last game of the regular season and district play. After the 38-7 win Friday, the Green Wave have had seven strong wins in a row, including the district clinching win over Oxford.
West Pointâ€™s Head Coach Chambless was happy to see this past week to go by, knowing that his Green Wave could have lost focus playing the lesser New Hope. Also the margin of victory allowed for West Point to play younger players and rest many of their starters.
After a two-hour bus ride to Batesville, Mississippi, the Raiders knew it would be an all or nothing battle ahead of them against the MAIS AA #4 North Delta Green Wave. Oak Hill hoped to play the role of giant killers on Friday night in the first-round playoff clash.
Score early, score late and dominate all four quarters on defense is one way to get the job done in football.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2; 7-0) employed that strategy on Friday night, defeating the New Hope Trojans 38-7.
This concluded the Green Wave 2012 regular season, one that boasts nine strong wins, seven of which were division victories, including a district clincher last week against Oxford.
West Point finds itself in what has become the norm for the Green Wave program over the past few seasons. The team will enter into the first round of the playoffs next week at home.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-6; 2-3) had a tough loss on Friday night to the No. 4 ranked team in AA ball at North Delta Academy.
North Delta defeated the Raiders 42-14.
The Raiders two scores came after halftime, where they trailed 42-0 after two quarters of play.
The Raiders had end a remarkable turn-around season after losing all of their games in 2011. This was the most wins by Oak Hill since 2006 and the first playoff appearance since 2009, this all coming under new head coach Daniel Merchant.
Read more about Oak Hill's final game in Sunday's Daily Times Leader.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2;7-0) got a chance to rest some key players before next week's opening round of the 5A playoffs.
The back-ups played solid ball, and the visiting West Point team took down their final division opponent 38-7 at New Hope.
West Point finishes the season undefeated in the district.
Scoring early and dominating the entire game on defense, West Point scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 25-0 at the half.
Two late touchdowns by some up and coming players led to the final score.
The life of a kicker can be a lonely assignment, many times working by yourself to perfect your craft. Sometimes people do not even know your name or that you are a part of the team.
Though Oak Hillâ€™s football team begins the MAIS AA playoff Friday, the Oak Hill Raiders and Oak Hill Lady Raiders basketball teams are making the final preparations to start their season next week. The Oak Hill Raiders had a somewhat disappointing finish to last yearâ€™s season finishing in the lower half of their district, while the Lady Raiders hope to continue their success from last season when Oak Hill made it into the All-Around State Tournament before losing out to Simpson Academy. Both teams are hoping that they can both be successful and have a winning season ahead of them this year.
Some of the West Point Green Wave players, cheerleaders, drum line and head coach Chris Chambless took time out of their morning to visit the ICS Head Start Center in West Point to promote Head Start and help the kids celebrate Spirit Day.
Seen here is Ed Brown, a Green Wave football player shaking hands with kids from the school.
It was a long ride home for the thousands of Mississippi State fans who believed prior to the 7:30 start of Saturdayâ€™s ballgame that the Bulldogs would be 8-0 and ranked in the top five in the nation after beating No. 1 Alabama.
It did not work out that way, but all was not a loss for state fans.
At the high school level, north Mississippi boasts teams like West Point, Noxubee County, Starkville and Oxford.
At the junior college level, this area of the state has East Mississippi Community College, which is ranked in the top five in the nation.
Go to the next level and Ole Miss and Mississippi State are the premier college programs in Mississippi in 2012.