Coming off another tough loss to regional rivals Noxubee County last week, West Point will get a chance to prove they still have some fight left when they open district play tonight at Lake Cormorant.
West Point were undefeated against district foes in 2010.
In Macon, the Green Wave, who twice before on the night converted on a fourth-down situations, failed to pick up a first down when DeQuinten Spraggins pass was incomplete to Tez Lane.
Nonetheless, West Point did have some good offensive numbers overall including 155 yards rushing led by Spraggins 69 and Aries Williams’ 55. The senior quarterback also threw for 148 yards in the loss.
It was the second time in as many weeks the offense has put up at least over 100-yards passing and 150 plus-yards of rushing, signs they are slowly finding their groove.
Over the last three games, West Point’s backfield trio of Lane, Williams and Mario Virges, along with Spraggins, have totaled 204, 239 and 155 yards on the ground. Statistically, it’s their most dangerous weapon. The question will be, can they continue it.
The Green Wave have already had a handful of tough opponents on their non-district schedule, and it doesn’t get any easier from here on out as they start their second season.
“Those games won’t make it any easier on us, it prepares you more,” head coach Chris Chambless said. “It’s not going to be easy, Lake Cormorant is very dangerous and very talented.”
The Gators are 2-2 thus far and fresh off their first playoff appearance last season falling in the first round to Ridgeland. Despite losing 16 starters in their first senior class, Lake Cormorant has a lot of talented weapons offensively.
Last season, the two teams were in a shoot out, and despite getting shutout late in the fourth quarter, the Green Wave were able to hold on for a 28-27 win.
“They’re going to play hard,” Chambless said. “They have a couple of good skill guys and some receivers that are back from last season that hurt us.”
Junior quarterback Brett Thompson Chambless said is very accurate.
Last week Lane played several possessions in the secondary for the Green Wave, and Chambless said they have several options to go to in need be.
“We’re working very hard and just trying to improve in every phase of the game.”
Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm in Lake Cormorant.