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Green Wave prepping for 2011, beating the heat

August 4, 2011

West Point knows coming into the 2011 season they are the best in 5A.
After all, they’ve won the last two state championships. So how do they stay motivated to win another?

Head coach Chris Chambless says his guys knows what is expected of them.

“It’s one thing I can never complain about them and that’s their work ethic,” he said. “They know there is no room for laziness and know that it’s a privilege to play. They work hard everyday and know there is a sacrifice to it. If they’re going to step on the field, they’re going to give it 100 percent.”

The Green Wave started fall camp on Monday with a lot of new faces in the starting roles after losing over a dozen seniors last year while also trying to beat the heat with temperatures reaching as high as 104 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

Five seniors return on offense with the key strength being the offensive line. The running backs have a lot of depth and the receiving core are experienced.

However, they will be led by a new guy under center in senior quarterback Dequinten Spraggins. Last season, Spraggins got plenty of game experience in the secondary, but takes on a new role as the leader of the offense. Chambless said he has been molded for this position his entire career.

“Leadership is key for us, we play smash mouth football,” he said. “He has a lot of potential and has handled his new role very well. He knows he won’t have to carry the load this season, he can spread the wealth a little bit.”

The defense returns just two starters from last season led by linebacker Brandon Edwards.

Chambless said the defensive line has a lot of potential to put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks while the secondary, all new faces, will have to prove to themselves that they can battle with the best of them.

The Green Wave will be tested right off the bat with a season opener against reigning back-to-back 6A champion South Panola August 20. As far as the rest of the schedule.

“It’s is what it is,” Chambless said. “We always want to play a non-district tough schedule. We fell that prepares us for our season and the district schedule.”

West Point had one blemish on their season a year ago, 21-20 to Starkville. The Yellowjackets have since moved down to 5A Region 2 which could mean a potential match-up for the North State title.

The Green Wave though aren’t looking that far ahead, instead taking it one practice and one game at a time.

“We’re just going to focus on trying to get better everyday,” he said.

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