West Point Football: Four Thoughts

By: 
Collin Brister
Sports Writer

The Green Wave will start practice on Monday morning attempting to win their second state championship in a row. The Green Wave won back-to-back state championships in 2009-2010.
1. West Point will have to replace Clayton Knight at the quarterback position, but the good news for the Green Wave is that they have multiple guys that can take over and do well at the position.

Senior Marcus Murphy spent much of the 2016 season playing running back, but will be at quarterback a lot more during the 2017 season. Murphy is an elite athlete, and his ability to make things happen in the pocket when the play breaks down.

The Green Wave also have Jake Chambless who can step in and play the quarterback position. Chambless has been extremely impressive in seven-on-seven camps this summer.

2. West Point will start practice next week, and they’ll have plenty of things that they’ll want to get addressed in the first few weeks of practice.

West Point head coach Chris Chambless said that the team has spent a lot of the summer making sure that they’re ready to attack the first practice.

The first few practices will allow West Point the opportunity to continue to improve the cohesion among the offensive line, and with their quarterbacks and receivers.

With the heat, the MHSAA requires that the first few practices be without pads, and that allows teams to grow before the physicality picks up.

3. West Point will most certainly be tested when they enter district play, as their isn’t a soft non-district team anywhere to be found on their schedule.

The Green Wave will start the season at Louisville, and the Wildcats will most certainly be a lot better this year. They’re a team that perennially competes for the 4A State championship, and after a down year last year, they’ll be solid again.

Starkville and Columbus are two 6A opponents that West Point will take on, and both will have an immense amount of athletes. The Green Wave will travel to Noxubee County to take on a Tiger team that has been dominant at the 4A level for a long time.

4. The Green Wave’s district is one of the toughest in the state, as they’ll still have North Half runner up Lake Cormorant, and they’ll be adding Grenada and Lafayette to their district slate.
Grenada is a team that has consistently made the playoffs in the opposite north half division in 5A. They were beaten by West Point in the 2015 playoffs, and Oxford eliminated them in the 2016 playoffs.
Lafayette won the State championship in 4A last season, and that’ll give them confidence that they can compete at the 5A level.

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