West Point put themsleves firmly in the drivers seat Friday night, now all they have to do is keep their foot on the gas.
The Green Wave’s ground and pound offense was unstoppable as they ran for 419 total yards in a 37-19 5A Region 1 victory over Clarksdale to move to 3-0 in district play and remain the lone undefeated team after New Hope lost to Hernando.
It was the second long road trip for the Green Wave in the last three weeks.
“We handled the road trip well,” head coach Chris Chambless said. “We played with a lot of intensity and played like we wanted it. When you do that, it gives you a good chance to win.”
West Point 4-3, is beginning to look like they have found their groove offensively, rushing for over 400 yards for the second time this season and third in as many weeks as the offensive line worked hard to the make the holes all night long.
West Point broke the deadlock on their first possession of the ball game as QB DeQuinten Spraggins connected on four of his seven passes to get the Green Wave into field goal range allowing Eric Lemus to split the uprights with a 32-yard kick with 4:31 left to play in the first quarter.
The Wildcats took a three point lead after forcing West Point to punt on the ensuing possession. It was their only lead of the game.
Starting at their own 20-yard line, Clarksdale marched down field and capped a seven play drive with a 42-yard touchdown reception by Christian Stephney. The ensuing extra point was no good.
The Green Wave however didn’t trail for long, as Spraggins, Aries Williams and Mario Virges combined for 52 yards before Williams found the endzone from 15-yards out to take a four point lead heading into half time.
Williams tacked on his second touchdown of the ball game on West Point’s first drive of the second half with an easy run from the four yard line.
Spaggins threw one pass as the Green Wave pounded the football for nearly seven minutes before capping a 70-yard drive and extend their lead 17-6.
The two teams would swap scores on back-to-back drives just minutes apart.
First the Wildcats with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Cornelius Williams, his second of the game, to Jamie Hawkins to cut the deficit to five.
The Green Wave needed just three plays for 10, two and 25 yards to extend the lead to a dozen as Spraggins crossed the goal line on a quarterback keeper.
Williams capped his hat trick with 5:26 to play in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard run. He finished with a team-high 165 yards rushing.
The Wildcats would not go down without a fight, scoring on the ensuing possession as Cornelius Williams found Joey Jefferson for a 20-yard touchdown pass, 31-19 Green Wave.
Makarios Sears added the final score for West Point, his first touchdown on the season, with a one-yard run with less than a minute left to play.
Jonathan Patterson added an interception on Clarksdale’s final drive to seal the win.
Chambless said he was happy with the backfield tag-team of Williams and Virges who had the bulk of the carries for West Point until the fourth quarter. The credit for their success would have to go to the o-line.
“They played really good,” he said. “Probably better than they have all year.”
The Green Wave defensive front held the Wildcats to just 95-yards rushing, however West Point struggled with the passing game, giving up 321 yards in the air.
“We have to do a better job stopping the pass,” Chambless said. “That’s no secret and we didn’t get it done. It get’s frustrating but we’re going to keep working and keep plugging.
Spraggins ran for 140 yards on the night including a touchdown and finished 7-of-16 for 65 yards passing.
Tez Lane finished with 69-yards on nine carries while Virges ate up 40 yards.
The Green Wave will be back home next week for homecoming when they battle Saltillo who are coming off a third straight loss, 37-14 to Center Hill.
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