It’s now safe to say that everybody who paid to see Friday night’s showdown between the Green Wave of West Point and the Mainland Buccaneers got their money’s worth.
It didn’t matter if these fans never saw the beach or the beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic. It didn’t matter that the 40 percent chance for rain at Daytona turned into a dismal 100 percent reality as the game kicked off. The West Point fans, and Mainland alike, were treated to some of the best football the Southeast has to offer on Friday nights.
For the West Point fans, Friday night’s win over Mainland was especially sweet. It was a long ride for everyone who made the journey. Some arrived in time to get a little sun, and some came into town just in time to make it to the stadium before kickoff. West Point fans wanted a win, and they got what they paid to see.
“It was well worth it,” said Bill Brown, who made the trip from West Point. “We really enjoyed it. The boys played hard, and they kept their cool even under some bad calls that we thought were bad, but we’re not the officials.
Brown was there with his family, and as they exited the gates after the victory, the Browns were a little wet, but they were a lot happy. Brown was especially pleased with the crowd who shared his enthusiasm enough to make the day long trip.
“I tell you what, West Point came out really strong to support their team, and that was really great,” Brown said.
Asked if he thought West Point bolted onto the national map on Friday, Brown emphatically believes they have.
“If they didn’t, I don’t know what they have to do next to get there,” Brown said.
For the Green Wave and their coaches, having the crowd there to cheer during sacks and touchdowns and boo during “questionable” calls, was especially heartwarming.
“The fans that were here were tremendous,” Chambless said. “You’re talking about a few hundred fans coming down here from little West Point, Mississippi,” Chambless said. That’s a big deal to us, and that’s a big deal to me personally. We thank them for that.”
At half time, the West Point fans on hand were still not silent. Despite the marching band and the boisterous student section on the other side of the field, Green Wave fans got the message across.
No one had a story of a bad trip down, and everyone had nothing but great things to say about Daytona. Perhaps it was that positive energy that guided the Green Wave to their second win of the 2010 season.