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October 27th, 2011
With just two games remaining in the 2011 regular season, the West Point High School football team finds itself in an unfamiliar position; trying to rebound from a division loss.
For the first time in three seasons, the Green Wave dropped a Division 1-5A contest last Friday night in a 30-29 heartbreaker at Center Hill.
Despite the loss, head coach Chris Chambless and his Wave have moved forward, insisting that all of their goals are still within reach.
Oak Hill academy will have one final shot tonight to try and erase their winless season when they host district newcomer Immanual Christian here in West Point.
It will be the second time this season the junior high players will be in the lineup, and despite a 21-6 loss last week to Kirk Academy, there has been a little spark for the 0-9 Raiders.
The Hebron Christian School girls basketball team went back to basics Wednesday afternoon to get their first win on the year at the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament, topping North Sunflower Academy 42-24.
"We just played plain basketball," head coach William Cotton said of his team's victory. "We brought up the court and fed it Tori (Nichols)."
Nichols, the squad's top-rebounder finished with a team high-24 points for the game as the Lady Eagles took a convincing 20-6 advantage into the locker room.
West Point swimmer Kelsey Redus looks to make a splash this Saturday and bring home a state championship when she hits the pool at the 2011 MHSAA state championships held at the Delta State University Aquatic Center in Cleveland.
Redus qualified for the 50-yard freestyle (28.20) and 100-freestyle (1.04.41) after she finished in the top 12 of the respective heats at the North State championships held two weeks ago in Flowood.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 7:30 amÂ for warm-ups and then 9:15 am for the events to start.
The 2011 basketball season officially gets under way this afternoon for area teams.
The Lady Eagles of Hebron Christian School tip-off the new season under first year head coach William Cotton this afternoon when they take on the winner of North Sunflower Academy and Starkville Christian at 3 pm at the Winona Preseason tournament which started Monday.
Should Hebron advance, they would take on Delta Academy, a team they have been become all to familiar with.
In last yearâ€™s first round of the 5A playoffs, West Point was out scored by Indianola-Gentry 20-8 in the overtime period. Their season ended rather quickly after making it to the postseason for the first time a while. That loss still sits on the players minds.
â€ś A lot of our seniors played a lot of minutes last year,â€ť head coach Brad Cox said. â€śThey werenâ€™t just watching it, they were right in the thick of it.â€ť
Itâ€™s a new season, and for several players coming back, itâ€™s their last chance to make the most of their legacy wearing the green and white. Cox agrees.
OLIVE BRANCH - Three or four plays Friday night could have made all the difference.
For Center Hill, they made plays at the right time, converting on a trio of third downs late in the ball game and capped off a 73-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jacob Marsh to upset West Point 30-29.
Dequinten Spragginsâ€™ quarterback keeper with 14 seconds left to play fell just shy of the first down on the Green Waveâ€™s final effort.
GRENADA - A first half touchdown by freshman tailback Drake Riley wasnâ€™t enough to give Oak Hill itâ€™s first win on the season, as the Raiders stumbled on the road, 21-6 to Kirk Academy.
The loss is the ninth in a row for the Raiders who scored just their second touchdown in the last three weeks.
Looking to convert on fourth down in the second quarter, Kirk tired a little trickery with a fake punt only to be snuffed out by the Raiders defense.
To get where he wants his team to be, West Point head football coach Chris Chambless knows his team has to check off certain goals first.
So, in order to be the last team standing in Jackson with a third straight state championship in December, Chambless believes his West Point Green Wave have to take care of their division first, which means winning a third straight Division 1-5A championship.
The Wave (5-3 overall, 4-0 in division) can take a big step toward that goal tonight, when they travel to face Center Hill (4-4, 3-1) for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
With three games left in the regular season and playoffs just around the corner, West Point has itâ€™s eyes set on a third straight state title.
But already a few players have gotten post-season honors.
High school coaches from across the state met Wednesday in Clinton and selected five Green Wave to take part in a pair of all-star games.
Offensive lineman Romia Wilson and linebacker Brandon Edwards were selected to represent Mississippi in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic set to play Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Alabama.