BY WILL NATIONS
STARKVILLE â€” West Point and Louisville will just have to be satisfied to have competed against somebody other than teammates. Nothing separated the pair, but preseason practices finally had an end game.
The Green Wave and the Wildcats, defending MHSAA Class-3A state champions, played to a 7-7 tie in two quarters of action in the New Hope High School fall jamboree Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.
â€śIt was good today to play somebody else,â€ť West Point Head Coach Chris Chambless said. â€śThis scrimmage, again, came down to doing the little things, and we will get to see that on film. We saw quite a few guys play today. Overall, we had a good day, just need to fix the little things.â€ť
West Pointâ€™s Dason Thomas opened the scoring, connecting with Steffon Moore for a 12-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. The touchdown, at the 4:06 mark, capped a six-play drive following a shanked Louisville punt that put the Wave on the Wildcatsâ€™ 34-yard line. Omar Lemus tacked on the extra-point field goal to give West Point a 7-0 lead.
Entering his second-year under center as a starter, Thomas finished the two-quarter scrimmage with 38 yards on four completions. The senior said he would like to continue to gain confidence inside the pocket as the season progresses.
â€śThe passing game gets better every year. I get better and the wide receivers get better,â€ť Thomas said. â€śI want to be more of a leader this year.â€ť
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