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It has become an annual occurrence for the West Point junior high football teams and their fellow conference members as they met up once again on the football field for a junior high spring jamboree.
After a month of hard and competitive practices, the Junior Green Wave hit the gridiron on a cold and windy Tuesday evening in Starkville to put their talents on display against other teams. And even though the time of year is not traditionally a time for football, the players, coaches, and fans seemed more than excited to catch some pigskin action.
â€śWe do this every year,â€ť said West Point High School head coach and athletic director Chris Chambless, â€śthe junior high conference sets this up for us and we get a good three weeks of practice out with the guys.â€ť
While having to share multi-sports athletes due to scheduling overlap, West Point looked like they had put together a really strong spring campaign. Many coaches from the high school staff were at the jamboree to lend a helping hand in developing the young crop of future Green Wave.
â€śThis [jamboree] allows us high school coaches to get out and help the younger players,â€ť commented Coach Chambless about developing the youth, â€śAfter this jamboree we will have them in the weight room getting ready for the fall.â€ť
The eighth grade team played very well in their two games at the jamboree as they took on rival Starkville and Lowndes County foe Columbus. Many guys put out the extra effort to show they were ready to compete between the lines. Quarterback Lavarius Gunn had a great evening, giving headaches to over ambitious defenses as he made some big runs around the corner. Also having a good showing Tuesday were current eighth grade running backs Trevino Harris and Andre Lane.
The seventh grade team also took to the field, taking on Louisville and Starkville. The seventh grade Wave had a hard time holding on to the football on offense but were able to find some positives on the defensive end of the football. Under the direction of junior high head coach Steve Cannon, the seventh grade Wave were challenged as a team to get better on every play.
â€śWe have been able to practice for about a month,â€ť commented Coach Cannon, â€śThere was a lot of new faces out for spring and we just want to teach them to fight through adversity. The weight room and lifting program will be a big thing for these guys as well.â€ť
Standing out with good performances for the seventh grade team was Archie Jones on the defensive end of the ball and Marcus Murphy on the offensive side of the ball.
With a junior high spring jamboree under their belt, West Point football will now turn their attention to wrapping up postseason weight training for the high school team. Spring training is quickly approaching for the Green Wave and a sense of anticipation is already on campus for the April 15 start of practices.
Stay tuned to the Daily Times Leader for further updates about West Point footballâ€™s postseason and upcoming spring training.