No. 3 – West Point vs. Noxubee County

By: 
WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

Daily Times Leader continues its countdown of West Point's Top 5 Games of the 2014 football season today. The Green Wave made its 14th consecutive playoff berth last season, finishing with a 9-5 overall record. West Point was the No. 3 seed in Region 1-5A behind No. 2 New Hope and back-to-back champions Oxford. Head Coach Chris Chambless and his team defeated Germantown High School in the opening round of the postseason before falling to Class 5-A runner-up Oxford. The Wave opens this season against Louisville High School at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Louisville.

NO. 3: Thursday's game recap highlights West Point's come-from-behind 33-19 win over rival Noxubee County in non-district action in West Point.

THE FACTS: West Point scored 19 unanswered points during the second half, defeating the Noxubee County Tigers 33-19 at McCallister Field in West Point. Senior running back Quincy Starks scored two rushing touchdowns, including the go-ahead, 46-yard run. Kadarious Forside had a touchdown run during the second-half rally.
THE STATS: Starks, who was West Point's intitial starting running back before a back injury ended his season, filled the shoes left by Aeris Williams well against rival Noxubee. Though it was a slow night, Starks toted the football 17 times for 86 yards.
WHAT THEY SAID: West Point Head Coach Chris Chambless – "That's our forte. Stop us on first and second and third down, but we are going to do our best to wear you down."
West Point running back Quincy Starks – "The team needed me tonight, and I just stepped up and filled the shoes." "We just came back in the second half and just bull-dozed them over and ran the ball like we were supposed to and like we are coached up to do," Starks added. "It is just a clutch moment. When it is there, you just have to take it."
WHY THIS GAME: Friday, Sept. 19 may have been the best night of high school football in West Point last season. Though I was not physically in attendance, as I was covering Oak Hill's Homecoming thriller against eventual MAIS Class-A champion Newton County Academy down Eshman Avenue, I was well aware of the instant classic occurring that night at West Point High School – thank you Twitter. The Green Wave were in an unfamiliar situation, holding a 2-2 overall record at the time, and many outsiders might have expected the Tigers to beat their arch-rival. However, West Point flipped the script against Noxubee for big-time bragging rights over a team that won the MHSAA Class 4-A championship.
I recall, as well, that I told the Wave offensive line they would be eligible for player of the week with a strong performance. After a terrible start, where the offense carried 15 times for nine yards, Devin Morton, Scott Lashley, Chris Humphries, Josh Birchfield, Miller Keys, Josh Coggins, Donald Wesley, and Thomas Williams helped West Point open its running attack up for 188 yards on 26 carries in the second half alone. Of course, player of the week had a first the next time as West Point's offensive line was given the award.
THE NEXT MEETING: West Point and Noxubee County face off in the annual rivalry on Friday, Sept. 18 at Noxubee County High School in Macon. In the past five meetings, West Point has won three games, including the past two.

Check back tomorrow for No. 2 on the list. In case you missed No. 4 on this countdown follow this link ---> http://www.dailytimesleader.com/content/no-4-%E2%80%93-west-point-vs-sal... Follow Will Nations on Twitter @NationsSports.

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