Important dates for West Point football season

By: 
COLLIN BRISTER
Staff Writer

JULY 31

The Green Wave will start practice on July 31, as they look to win back-to-back state championships. West Point will have a lot of new things to work on along with instilling players into the rotation when practice begins.

The first few practices are without pads, allowing players to become more acclimated to the miserable Mississippi heat.

The first practices are also a time to install some things and work on the mental side of the game, before jumping into full fledged contact practices the next week.

They can be extremely valuable over the course of the year, as it’s the first opportunity to get back into football action.

SEPTEMBER 1

The Green Wave will host Starkville on the first day of September this year. The Yellowjackets were the only team that was able to knock off West Point during their state championship run in 2016.

Starkville will be under first-year head coach Chris Jones, who comes over from Kemper County after winning the state championship there last season.

Starkville will have a lot of talent returning off of the 2016 team, but they’ll be without the services of some players. Starkville struggled to move the football all night on West Point, but were able to hit some big plays in the second half to put points on the scoreboard.

SEPTEMBER 22

West Point will return to Lafayette County again next season, but it will be against a different opponent than they’re used to facing.

The Green Wave played Oxford over the last few years, often in a game that decided who would win the district title.

With the Chargers moving to 6A, that’ll no longer be the case.

They will, however, play Lafayette County next season in a game that will likely shape who is going to come out of the district with the number one seed. The Commodores won the state championship in 4A last season, and return enough players to make a run at a title in 5A.

DECEMBER 1

The Green Wave hope to make another trip to Lafayette County on the first day of December, as the state championship games will be held at Ole Miss this season.

The Green Wave will have to win three playoff games before they’re afforded the opportunity to head to Oxford and defend their state championship trophy.

West Point defeated Laurely in Davis-Wade Stadium last year to win their first state championship since 2010.

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