No. 5 – West Point vs. Lewisburg

West Point seniors Demontae Rush (left) and Dason Thomas (right) break out of the backfield on a run play against the Lewisburg Patriots during the Green Wave's 65-51 win Thursday, Nov. 6 at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch.West Point senior Jalen Lee plays pass coverage against Lewisburg senior Tucker Wammack during the Green Wave's 65-51 win Thursday, Nov. 6 at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch.
By: 
WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

The first five games Daily Times Leader breaks down from the 2014 season is West Point High School's season. 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 District 2-5A 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. 5: Tuesday's game recap features West Point's eighth win of the season, a 65-51 shoot-out win over the Lewisburg Patriots in the regular season finale.

THE FACTS: Following a heartbreaking 20-15 loss to District 2-5A rival New Hope at McCallister Field in West Point, the Green Wave hit the road for its regular season finale. West Point squandered a 32-point advantage but held on for a 65-51 win over the Lewisburg Patriots Thursday, Nov. 6 in Olive Branch. After trailing 15-7 in the first quarter, West Point built a 36-21 halftime lead and then extended its advantage with Dason Thomas' fourth touchdown pass for a 65-33 cushion with 10 minutes left in the game. Behind a strong throwing Jake Harville, the Patriots threatened late, scoring 18 unanswered points. After Lewisburg's third fourth-quarter touchdown, West Point recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran the remainder of the clock out with two first-down conversions.
THE STATS: West Point had a two-pronged attack in its eighth win of the season. Third-string senior running back Demontae Rush rushed 20 times for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Rush amassed 194 yards on 14 carries in the first two quarters alone. Through the air, Thomas, an East Mississippi football commit, was 6 of 14 passing for 145 yards and four touchdowns. Steffon Moore had two receiving touchdowns, and Kaelon Collins and Javontae Harris had one each – all three seniors.
For Lewisburg, junior quarterback Harville was extraordinary, passing for 333 yards and five touchdowns, including three in the 18-point, fourth-quarter rally. Harville was 14 of 28.
WHAT THEY SAID: Wave Head Coach Chris Chambless on the game – “We told them before we got on the bus that we are 21 points down. It was cold and damp, and it is a place you have never been. I am glad we got to come up here and do this kind of trip before next week. I am kind of disappointed that the message didn’t sink into us. We have to be prepared for it next week: coaches, players and everybody.”
Demontae Rush on his career night – “I was very confident before the game. I think with an offensive line that we have, I believe nobody can stop our rushing attack. I practice on getting behind my shoulder pads and getting behind my blocks. It translated to the game tonight.”
WHY THIS GAME: After a last-second loss to New Hope, West Point needed some rejuvination before the MHSAA Class-5A playoffs started the next week. The Wave played its most complete offensive game of the season, tallying well over 450 yards of total offensive production. Though the defense was lackluster at time, giving up 51 points and 465 yards, West Point built from the positives and negatives from this game as it headed off to play Germantown in the opening round.
This game was also a glimpse into the future of high school football. Lewisburg's spread offense exposed gaps in West Point's secondary, while the Wave's old-fashion approach wore down the opposing defense. High scoring seems to be the name of the game these days as defenses are more exposed to different offensive sets and fancier schemes.
THE NEXT MEETING: West Point and Lewisburg are set to meet for the third time in both schools' history Friday, Nov. 6 at McCallister Field in West Point. It is the regular season, District 2-5A finale once again.

Check back tomorrow for West Point's No. 4 game on the Top 5 list. Follow Will Nations on Twitter @NationsSports.

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