By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave (6-1; 3-0) will hit the road for just the third time this season today, traveling to Lake Cormorant to take on the Gators (5-2; 2-1) in a district match up. Other than week two’s trip to Florida, the Green Wave’s only other road game was week six’s trip to Indianola.
“Our major concern is going three hours to play a football game,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless. “That means you’re going, getting off the bus, getting dressed, playing an then getting back on the bus and coming home. There’s going to be no down time to lay around and things we’re used to doing.”
So far this year, West Point is 2-0 on the road, and they are a perfect 3-0 in district play, as they continue to play for the conference title.
“We’ve played well on the road,” Chambless said. “Hopefully we can continue that. The major concern is the three hour trip.”
Chambless says that down time is important, but West Point will be able to handle the trip.
“Our guys are focused, and focused on winning district,” Chambless said.
West Point is coming off a big district win over Oxford that went down to the wire, as the Green Wave won 22-20.
“We play teams that have quick strikes on offense,” Chambless said. “For anybody who drops back and throws the ball, if we don’t make the bad things happen, good things will happen to them.”
West Point’s only defeat of the season came at home, against a much-improved Starkville team. A lot of West Point’s competition has played the Wave tough in 2010.
“Everybody we’re playing this year is better than they were last year,” Chambless said. “We know it’s going to be a fight every game.”
Lake Cormorant is definitely no exception to that, playing in the school’s second year in existence, the Green Wave will face a team that is 2-1 in district play. They are coming off their first league loss to New Hope last Friday night, but they are much better than the team that was 3-4 this time last year, while losing to West Point 43-0.
Chambless said to expect to see some great athletes on the Gators offense tonight.
“They have some good receivers,” Chambless said. “Jordan Taylor (No. 7) is one of the best receivers we’ll face this year, and they’ve got a quarterback, (Mike) Williams, who’s just excellent. He has a great arm, and handles pressure well.”
Williams has completed 71 passes for 1226 yards and 13 passes. He has been intercepted nine times.
Taylor has caught 782 of those passing yards.
“They’re a step above what they were last year, and they’re playing that way,” Chambless said. “Last year, they were out of it, so they didn’t play as hard against us last year, but this year they’re in it. They’re going to play hard, and it’s a home game for them. They’re trying to start their tradition,” We’ve got to take our tradition up there and smother them, so to speak.”
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.