The West Point Green Wave's second-half rally fell short against a rising Clarksdale Wildcat team as West Point lost its second consecutive District 1-5A game, 39-34, Friday at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
After four consecutive offensive scoring drives for Clarksdale in the first and second quarters that placed the Wildcats ahead of West Point 26-7 with 49 seconds remaining in the first half, the Clarksdale defense had the ball bounce in its favor when West Point's junior quarterback Josh Ewing's pass was deflected, intercepted and returned for a 40-yard defensive touchdown by Clarksdale's Tiwan Jackson. The late second-period touchdown gave the Wildcats a strong 32-7 lead heading into halftime.
West Point would rally following the halftime interval on its first possession of the third-quarter. An Aeris Williams touchdown capped an 80-yard, 16-play drive to cut the deficit to 32-14.
Clarksdale answered quickly after the long Wave touchdown drive with a scoring drive of its own. Only using four plays, the Wildcat offense found pay dirt when Chris Carpenter converted a fourth-and-one situation into a 73-yard rushing touchdown, which proved to be the winning score.
West Point would score in the fourth-quarter three times starting with a Quincy Starks one-yard run and two Ewing touchdown passes of 70 yards and 35 yards to Kaelon Collins and Dason Thomas, respectively. The Ewing to Dason touchdown cut the Wildcat lead within five, 39-34.
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