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WP ready for rivals Columbus

September 2, 2011

West Point is no doubt excited about tonight.

After a week long-plus layoff, the Green Wave hope to bounce back on the road and get a victory over Columbus.

The last time the two teams met it was the Green Wave riding a 24-6 victory back in 2009, the first of 14 consecutive wins for West Point on their way to the first of back-to-back 5A state titles.

Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Head coach Chris Chambless is just ready to get back out on the field.

“The bye week didn’t help us at all,” he said. “We’re not going to get any better until we keep playing. Practice is good, but we need to get on the field and gain some experience with these guys. We need all the game experience we can get with these young guys.”

The Green Wave are looking to regroup after their 37-17 loss to South Panola in the opener. A pair of turnovers late in the fourth quarter led to two Tiger touchdowns. Senior QB Deguinten Spraggins was 4-for-7 for 34 yards in his first start, but he did lead the team with 90 yards on the ground. The Green Wave racked up 181 yards on the ground combined in 29 attempts.

The Falcons are coming off a week one victory over regional rival Aberdeen, 31-14.

“I know their head coach, (Tony Stanford) really well,” Chambless said. “I know their up for it just as much as we are.”

Columbus had a solid outing offensively with 213 total yards led by Damien Baker who finished with 115 yards on the ground with two scores.

But it was the defense that took center stage forcing five turnovers including three picks.

Chambless said it’s going to be a hard nosed physical game tonight, and they only advantage they have is age.

The Falcons have 21 seniors on the roster, including quarterback Cedric Jackson.

Kick off is slated for 7:30.

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