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West Point fizzles the Rockets, 43-14, face Starkville in round two

November 12, 2011

West Point head football coach Chris Chambless got right to point at halftime. The Green Wave led 21-14 at the break over Neshoba Central and Chambless kept it short and sweet.

“This is the playoffs, you better step it up or you’re going home,” he said. “What else do you say?”

The boys heard it loud and clear.

The Green Wave (8-4, 6-1) rolled through the Rockets in the second half, scoring 22-unasnwered points and rushing for 348-yards on their way to a 43-14 win in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association 5A playoffs Friday night. The victory sets up a rematch with Starkville who topped Hernando in their first round battle 42-28.

“You don’t get second chances,” said Chambless. “There’s no do-overs in the playoffs.”

The two teams traded three and outs before the Rockets hushed the home crowd with the game’s first touchdown after converting on fourth and inches to keep the drive going on their second possession. O’Neal McCarty found a hole in the line and scrambled for a 27-yard touchdown.

West Point gained an edge on special teams when the extra point snap was fumbled by the holder. It wouldn’t be the last.

West Point Senior quarterback DeQuinton Spraggins had a trio of touchdowns and topped the century mark on the season with a team-high 142 yards rushing. His first, gave West Point a 7-6 lead on a 25-yard quarterback keeper. The Green Wave marched from their own 32-yard line on the next possession.

For the complete story, pick up the Sunday edition of the DTL.

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