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WP looks to keep offense in sync

September 15, 2011

On the heels of the team’s first victory in 2011, West Point (1-2) will have another tough hurdle when they hit the road for the second time this season at Noxubee County.

Last week, the Green Wave used a dominating second half effort from its defense and a balanced attack on offense to earn a 33-12 win over visiting Starkville who handed them their only loss a year ago.

West Point put up season-high numbers on offense with 33 total points. Quarterback Dequinten Spraggins had his best outing on the season under center with 184 passing yards while wide receiver William Harrell registered 156 all-purpose yards including an 80-yard touchdown reception for the team’s first score.

It might be safe to say the offense is clicking, especially in the running game. West Point has crossed the goal line seven times in over the last two games, including four against the YellowJackets. The three-man backfield of Tez Lane, Mario Virges and Aeris Williams, along with Spraggins have made the big plays when they’ve needed to and catapulted this offense.

Head coach Chris Chambless said that when the intensity level is there, the Green Wave are clicking pretty good.

“Everything is about the moment,” he said. “When you need it, you can get it, and when you don’t need it your intensity level falls a little bit. You can’t play at a high the whole game, you have to be consistent the whole game. You have to count on the other defense’s to be down when yours is a little higher. Being pleased with what we’ve done so far yes, but being satisfied, no.”

West Point’s defense has also been on the rise giving up a season-low 12 points last week and forcing three turnovers and sacking Starkville QB Gabe Myles twice. Freddie Reed, who two weeks ago recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Columbus, grabbed his second fumble in as many weeks. The biggest statistic was by far the most important as Starkville scrambled for just 86 total yards in the second half.

“Very pleased with the turnaround with our performance from the game before,” Chambless said. “We went to Columbus and had so many breakdowns and it was real discouraging not only for the coaches but for the players. (Last Friday), we came out and made adjustments in the second half and completely shut them down and took control of the football game.”

The 3-1 Noxubee Tigers have had a good season thus far, their only loss came in week two, 24-20 to Spain Park in Hoover, Ala. Their victories this season have come against some pretty talented squads in Starkville (week 1 ), New Hope and Aberdeen.

The Tigers have proven they can score points, 114-79 including a season-high 45 against New Hope where running back Darrell Robinson had a team-high 140 rushing yards. Their defense isn’t so bad, thanks in part to junior defensive end Javancy Jones who had three of the Tigers seven sacks last week against Aberdeen.

Chambless said he expects to be tested in the secondary as well as on the ground.

“The misconception about Noxubee County is that they just drop back and throw it all the time,” he said. “They may try and do that against us, but they’ve done a pretty good job of running the football so far this year. The key for us is to always control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football and that sets the tone there.”

The two-time Class 5A state champions and the Tigers will kick-off at 7:30.

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