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October 10th, 2012
Of the more exciting times associated to the regular season of football, it would be hard to make a determination as to which is as the highest level: the weeks leading up to the seasonâ€™s beginning or the weeks leading toward seasonâ€™s end.
For the players, coaches and fans of the three local schools, the responses to this are all over the board.
Whether it be the junior varsity squad or the second string on varsity, playing time for the younger members of a school team is extremely important for the longevity of a program.
In last Fridayâ€™s game against the Hernando High School Tigers, the Green Wave was able to put enough points up on the board to afford Coach Chris Chambless the opportunity to put some of his younger players into the the game, including sophomore Dason Thomas (#9), sophomore Josh Ewing (#2), and junior Jayson Burnett (#7).
West Point and Hebron move forward, Oak Hill stumbles a bit this week.
The Green Wave went on a Tiger hunt in the wilds of Hernando on Friday night. The trip yielded great results as the West Point team was able to make quick work of Hernando.
It was a rare night for the younger players on the Green Wave football team in that because the Tigers proved so tame, the second and third string players got a chance to add a more points to the victory.
Hebron entered into tonightâ€™s football game 5-0 and played host to Central Academy from Macon, Mississippi.
Coach Foster mercifully did not play his starters against a definitely weak Central Academy who had earlier in the week threatened to forfeit the game. The Eagles, though slow to start the game, finished strong in the second half winning 30-0.
Friday night, the West Point High Green Wave hosted the Lake Cormorant Gators, defeating them 23-17.
Balmy and slightly chilly, the Green Wave took the field, ready to win their homecoming game. Several standout players made crucial plays in clutch situations to ensure victory by nightâ€™s end.
Mario Virges (#20) was a powerhouse for the West Point defense, along with Freddie Reed (#44), Ed Brown (#56) and Lederrius Gallion (#90) on the line. The Green Wave defense was able to really set the pace of the game, while the West Point offense was in charge of time management.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (3-3;1-2) offense has had its struggles thus far in 2012, but Friday nightâ€™s home match against Canton was the roughest outing yet for the team.
Eight turnovers, including seven fumbles and a lone interception, would make all the difference in a 48-15 Tiger win over the Raiders.
â€śYou canâ€™t turn the ball over seven times against a good team like Canton,â€ť said head coach Daniel Merchant after the game.
No one who was present at Hamblin Stadium on Friday night could say that both West Point High School and Noxubee County High School didnâ€™t play their hearts out down on McCallister Field.
Both teams came out and played their games. The Noxubee defense was impenetrable most of the night, and it certainly was when it really counted. West Point was not allowed a single point, and with the exception of the lone touchdown of the game, the Green Wave defense played virtually flawlessly, as well.
The action words for Friday nightâ€™s game were â€śgritâ€ť and â€śdetermination.â€ť
The residents of Pheba and the many fans surrounding Hebron Christian High School have been aglow in light of their teamâ€™s remarkable season thus far.
The Hebron Eagles are absolutely dominating their opponents on a weekly basis, at home and away, and in return they have a perfect 5-0 record about which to boast.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (3-2; 1-1) had 277 total offensive yards on Friday night agains the Winona Christian Stars.
After winning their first two games, the Raiders suffered back-to-back losses, including a district game last Friday against Manchester. Oak Hill had lost the focus and discipline it had the first two games against Newton County and Winston.
That was not the case on Friday night. Oak Hill won handily 21-6 against the Stars.
Friday night saw an incredibly hard-fought loss for West Point. In what was an almost entirely defensive game against Noxubee County, West Point struggled for every inch of the field gain on offense and dug in deep to keep as much of the field as possible on defense.