Same week, different date.
Starkville High School did the unthinkable September 10, 2010, defeating the Green Wave 21-20. It was the only loss for West Point before they won 12 in a row on their way to a second consecutive 5A state title.
History, fans hope, won’t repeat itself tonight when the two teams meet under different circumstances.
The Green Wave have started 0-2 for the first time since 2000 while the Yeallowjackets are coming off back-to-back wins over Madison Central and Tupelo.
West Point are coming off a 35-27 overtime loss to Golden Triangle rivals Columbus and have been busy all week trying to correct mistakes to get back on track.
“Just mental mistakes, recognition, little bitty things that we’re trying to get our young guys to better understand certain situations and we’re constantly working on that,” head coach Chris Chambless said. We’ve had great practices this week.”
West Point came from behind last week, trailing 27-20 with less than two minutes left to play when quarterback Dequinten Spraggins orchestrated a 43-yard drive which included two 4th-and-long situations before running the ball in from eight yards to send the game into overtime.
Spraggins finished 5-of-16 for 54 yards while junior running back Tez Lane had 212 all purpose yards including a team-high 126 yards rushing.
“We left it all out here,” Chambless said after the loss. “They just made more plays then we did in the in the end.”
Hopefully the Green Wave will have a little more in the tank when Starkville comes to town.
Last week, the Yellowjackets held on to a 10 point lead and defeated Tupleo by a field goal in a game where no points were scored in the first half.
Quarterback Gabe Myles threw for 100 yards passing while the Yellowjackets struggled on the ground game with just 47 total yards. Tupelo didn’t fare any better compiling 112 yards of total offense and didn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter.
“It’s a big rival game for us,” Chambless said. “We know they’re going to play hard and be aggressive and come at you with everything they’ve got. We’ve got to be well prepared mentally and physically for them. That’s something we’ve preached all year long and we’re going to be ready.”
“Voice of the Green Wave” taking a leave of absence
Bud Bowen, the voice of the West Point Green Wave for the past 33 years, will be taking a brief leave of absence from the broadcast booth starting tonight to deal with an illness in his family.
In a letter to Green Wave fans, Bowen recently wrote:
“To the Green Wave Nation: I, Bud Bowen, at this time need to take a little time away from broadcasting to attend to family medical issues. I will return. In the meantime, I ask that Green Wave fans, players and coaches support my temporary replacement, Brandon Walker. He is one of us, he knows football, and he will do a good job.
I love all of you, and I will return,