On Friday night, the West Point Green Wave (3-1) will be traveling in their first in-state road football game of 2010. Three weeks ago, the Wave traveled to Dayton Beach, Fla. to play Mainland High School.
Other than that, West Point has had home field advantage. In week one, they hosted Shannon in a 39-14 win.
They followed that up with the big road win at Daytona, but returned to be beaten by Starkville 21-20. Last week, they got back on the winning track, with a 28-13 win over a very good Noxubee County team.
On Friday, they will be going to play the 2-2 Rams of Indianola-Gentry.
“It’s going to be a lot easier going on a two and a half hour trip than a 14 hour trip,” West Point head coach Chris Chambless said on Tuesday. “We’re going to try and keep the guys as focused as possible on a long trip and go play.”
Gentry started the season 0-2, but since week three they have been coming into their own, allowing zero points in their last two games.
Chambless describes the Rams as “athletic, fast and big.” Those three characteristics are likely responsible for their solid defensive play over the last two weeks.
“They’ve been playing a lot of athletic teams over there, every week, in the Delta, so it’s hard to gage them when they’ve not played anybody we’ve played,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless.
The two losses came to Greenville-Weston and Greenwood, respectively. The wins were against Ruleville Central (8-0) and Humphreys County (28-0).
“We’re just going to have to go play hard and try to be as tough as we can,” Chambless said.
On Monday, the Green Wave got back on the field, preparing for another week and another road game.
Though their 16 game win streak, which stretched all the way back to the second week of the 2009 season, was snapped against the Yellowjackets, the Green Wave are hoping last Friday’s win is the start of a new streak that will end with another title in December.
“Regardless of wins and losses, we just want to come out and play hard and minimize mistakes every week,” Chambless said. “If we can do that, we feel like we can win. If we can’t it’s going to be tough on us.”
In 2009, Gentry suffered a 39-20 loss to West Point on September 25.