West Point football district

By: 
Collin Brister
Sports Writer

West Point football: District Preview
BY COLLIN BRISTER
sports@dailytimesleader.com
The West Point high school football team will have a three new schools within their district for the upcoming season, and they’ll have three teams that were in their district last year.
Lewisburg, Center Hill and Lake Cormorant remain common opponents, but Grenada, Olive Branch and Lafayette High School will all be new opponents for the Green Wave.
Center Hill
The Mustangs had an extremely difficult season last year, as they were never competitive in the district and struggled in only winning one district game on the season.
Center Hill is a team that relies heavily on the rushing attack, and they have the athletes on the offensive side of the ball to move the football if they’re clicking on all cylinders.
The Mustangs struggled at times on offense because of a lack of cohesion on the offensive side of the football, but when they were working well they could move the football on anyone. Center Hill played well in the first half of their game against West Point, but were worn down in the second half of the game and couldn’t continue to move the ball on them.
Center Hill wasn’t able to make any sort of run towards playoff positioning last year, but they do have a solid nucleus of players returning off of last years time, and while they weren’t very successful in winning district games, they were able to compete with some of the better teams in the district.
Center Hill’s offense can provide them a real advantage, as they rely heavily on an option attack, and while they won’t beat anyone down with that offense, it’s tough to prepare for and if teams aren’t discipline on their defensive keys, they’ll give teams trouble with their offense.
Lewisburg
The Patriots were a team that just didn’t see any success in the district last year, dropping all six of their district contests and not being real competitive in many of them.
Lewisburg struggled all year on the offensive side of the football, and they weren’t able to sustain drives against anyone and that really put their defense, who played well at times last year, in a bind as they couldn’t get any time on the sidelines.
The Patriots could be better next year if they can sustain a consistent rushing attack, and if they can avoid the turnover bug that bit them at times during the 2016 season.

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