By Bryan Davis
In a season when every single game is pivotal, the West Point Green Wave (5-1; 2-0) have not had a lot of time to breathe. Other than the week three bye that replaced a scheduled game with Columbus, West Point has been in high intensity mode for most of the season.
For many teams, this time of year means play with high intensity or risk falling out of playoff contention. The Green Wave are no exception to that, as conference play heats up, with just a little over a month to play in the regular season.
This Friday night, the Green Waveâ€™s storied season continues as Oxford High School (4-2; 1-1) comes to West Point for a division match.
Over the last two weeks, the Green Wave have been nothing short of dominant in early league play.
After defeating Indianola on the road, 34-8, the Green Wave continued district play last week, at home, against New Hope.
A big third quarter put the game out of reach, as West Point marched to a 24-14 victory. That win made it three in a row for West Point, which also defeated Noxubee County in a non-league game three weeks ago.
West Pointâ€™s only loss this season was week fourâ€™s 21-20 loss to Starkville, another non-district game.
Oxford comes into Friday nightâ€™s game with a lot of potential on offense. Their ability to put up a lot of points in a hurry will have West Point needing to play tough for all four quarters.
Oxford has been outscored 59-41 in their two losses this season, but the Chargers have averaged over 30 points a game in their four victories.
That fourth win came last Friday night, in the form of a 37-13 win over Clarksdale. They were up 10-0 going into the third quarter, but a 27 point second half led to the dominating win.
When West Point and Oxford met in 2009, the Chargersâ€™ had a reversed record of 2-4. That meeting resulted in a 33-30 loss for Oxford, at home.
Oxford eventually finished up the 2009 season very strong, winning its last four regular season games, before losing to Pearl in the first round of the playoffs.
Friday nightâ€™s team will likely be more akin to the second half bunch in 2009 than the ones the Green Wave saw in week seven of last year.
After finishing the non-district part of their schedule 3-1 in 2010, the Green Wave have started off well in conference play so far.
They will not get to face another non-league contender for the remainder of the season, going up against Lake Cormorant, Saltillo, Clarksdale and Hernando to end the season.
With weather conditions looking similar to last weekâ€™s, kickoff will be at 7 p.m.