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Wave get set to tackle Wildcats

October 6, 2011

If West Point hopes to repeat as division and 5A state champions this season, the road to Jackson goes through Clarksdale.

Two of three undefeated divisional teams square off in a game that could affect the outcome of their respective seasons. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. in Clarksdale.

The Green Wave are coming off back-to-back victories for the first time this season and head coach Chris Chambless said the morale around the locker room is becoming a little familiar.

“We’ve won two games in a row and when you haven’t done that, you start to get a little bit of your swagger back,” he said. “It’s been a lot more lively at practice and a lot more pleasant around here. It’s going to help this week.”

Last week despite having four turnovers and being whistled on seven penalties, the Green Wave held off untested Hernando 32-22 to extend their division winning streak to 16 games. Leading 27-12 after three quarters, West Point leaned on its offense in the fourth, as the Wave ground game chewed up 153 yards and nearly eight minutes of clock to put the game out of reach.

Quarterback DeQuinten Spraggins took charge with a 117-yard passing and 153-yard rushing performance.
Chambless said he’s grown into a real leader on the field.

“The thing about quarterbacks, when you have your hand on the ball every play, there’s going to be mistakes made,” he said. “But it’s how you handle those mistakes, how you bounce back from them that make you a better player.”

There’s no question he’s bounced back after that tough loss to Noxubee.
“He’s growing as a leader when we needed him too. I’m very pleased with him.”

Statistically, Spraggins is pretty even across the board with over 500 passing yards and nearly 500 rushing. He can tear up defense with his arm and with his feet.

Clarksdale has been on a roll since losing their season opener to West Bolivar. The Wildcats have won three in a row including four of the last five.

They’re looking to avenge a 26-17 loss to the Green Wave last season.
Last week the Wildcats tamed Saltillo 34-3.
Chambless says that both teams have similar qualities.

“We’re pretty evenly matched,” he said. “Where there weakness is, is some of our strong points and some of our weaknesses are their strong points. We have to force them to make mistakes and capitalize on them.”

Clarksdale quarterback Cornelius Williams may not have the impressive numbers on the season as Spraggins, but in last week’s victory he sure looks the part with 158 yards and two touchdowns to compliment 52 yards on the ground.

The fact is the winner of this game stays undefeated in district play and holds more aces when it comes to crunch time down the stretch.

A West Point victory on the road will certainly put them in the drivers seat.

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