West Point football plays critical swing games

Staff Writer

West Point will play a challenging schedule next year. We’ll take a look at three of their biggest games for the 2017 season.

Starkville
West Point has lost two consecutive games to the Yellow Jackets, and they’ll be looking to end that losing streak to Starkville when they travel to West Point in the first few weeks of the season.
The game will be huge for both teams because of the rivalry that it presents. The schools are located less than 30 miles apart, and it has become one of the bigger rivalries in the state.
West Point wasn’t able to get anything going on the offensive side of the football against Starkville last season and that came to their demise. Starkville was the only loss West Point suffered in their 2016 state championship season.
The Yellow Jackets are a good team, but they’ll be without the services of standout linebacker Willie Gay, and it will also be the first year under new head coach Chris Jones, as former head coach Ricky Woods took the South Panola job at season’s end.

Lafayette
These two teams will open up the district in October, and it will have a large part in who wins the district title.
The Green Wave have become accustomed to going to Lafayette County, as them and Oxford had a rivalry or the past six years with Oxford being in the district.
Lafayette will be a team that can beat you up defensively, as they did last year in their run to the 4A state championship.
The Commodores are a hard team to score on, and their ability to move the football methodically on the offensive side of the football really helps them with game management and field position.
The Green Wave will have to play well in Lafayette if they’re going to come out with a victory. A win in the first game of the district is always huge, but this one will likely go a long ways in determining the district championship.

Lake Cormorant
The Gators were the second best team in the district last year, and may have been the second best team in the state.
Lake Cormorant battled West Point twice last year, and their ability to throw the football down the field consistently really helped them in critical situations.
They’ll have a lot of returning starters for the 2017 season, and they’ll likely be a team that contends to make it back to the north half championship game
West Point will get them at home, and that’s a huge advantage. Lake Cormorant’s offense is so different from most high school football teams, and that can give them some advantages.

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