It was obvious from the sidelines that West Point is happy where they are right now.
After a perfect 4-0 start in district play, who wouldn’t be?
The Green Wave scored 47 unanswered points Friday night, on their way to convincing 47-7 win over Saltillo to remain atop the district standings and move to 5-3 on the season.
“We played hard, we’re improving everyday,” West Point head coach Chris Chambless said after the Green Wave earned their fourth consecutive win. “We just go to get to that point where we make zero mistakes, we don’t miss any blocks or any tackles.”
West Point scored on six of their nine possessions, including all five in the first half to take a commanding 34-0 lead into the locker room.
Saltillo differed on the coin toss to start the ball game and the Green Wave wasted no time to score the games first touchdown on homecoming night.
A 52-yard quarterback scramble by DeQuinten Spraggins set up first and goal from inside the 10-yard line and Tez Lane quickly found the endzone to cap a five play drive.
After forcing a three and out, West Point needed less than a minute to double the lead. Spraggins connected with Aries Williams for a 63-yard pass and catch that got the home fans on their feet when Williams broke a tackle with a highlight reel stiff arm on his way across the pylons.
The visiting Tigers looked as if they had found a rhythm on their second drive as quarterback Chase Watson teamed with AJ Hunt for 15 and 15-yards respective to move the ball to midfield. Watson took a chance on third down on a deep pass, instead found the arms of West Point’s Nelson McIntosh to stall the drive.
Spraggins connected with Jerry Randle on a 52-yard pass and catch to set up Lane’s second touchdown of the game, a 4-yard scamper to extend the lead 21-0.
The Tigers had their best chance in the first half to find the end zone on their third possession, and despite two pass interference calls by the Green Wave secondary, the Tigers failed to score a touchdown.
A 17-yard field goal attempt was wide left to keep them off the board.
Lane capped off his hat trick performance with 4:20 left in the ball game with a 28-yard run down the sidelines. He finished with a team-high 83 yards from scrimmage.
Another three and out by the Tigers gave West Point one more opportunity to put some points on the board before the half, and once again, they were clicking.
Spraggins found William Harrell for a 38-yard pass to set up a four yard touchdown catch by Randle.
Spraggins wasn’t finished just yet, his 24-yard quarterback keeper put the Green Wave up 41-0 with 9:01 left to go in the third quarter. The senior rushed for 78 yards and passed for 111 more connecting on 5-of-8 for 168 yards in the win.
Less than a minute and the defense posted another big play when Antreon Bennett picked up the football on a bad snap and found his way into the end zone to wrap up the ball game.
The Tigers finally got on the board late in the fourth when Watson found Hunt for a 72 yard touchdown.
Although the second string played most of the second half for the Green Wave, they still managed to move the ball effectively despite a running clock.
The Green Wave finished with 391 total yards, including 280 on the ground. Williams finished with 52 to compliment his score.
With the way things are rolling right now for West Point, their offense is as good as they want it to be.
“We’re clicking on all snaps, the defense is playing good too,” he said. “All the teams we play are going to have play makers that are going to make some plays, we just have to defend against them the best we can. But our offense is clicking.”
The Green Wave won’t return to their friendly confines until November. They travel to Center Hill next Friday who are coming off a 30-28 win over Clarksdale before making the trip to Oxford.View more articles in: