By Bryan Davis
Halloween is not until Sunday, but the West Point Green Wave (8-1; 5-0) football team’s magic number is one. If West Point wins, they are district champions. If New Hope loses, the Green Wave are champs.
West Point would much prefer the first scenario to the latter.
“We’re going to try an sow up the district this week,” Chambless said. “If we win, then we’ll be district champs, and that’s been our goal all along.”
So far, the Green Wave have not lost a district game in five meetings with conference rivals. Their only loss of the year came in week three against Starkville.
Tonight, the Green Wave will go up against Clarksdale (4-5; 2-3). While they are out of contention for the district title, the Wildcats are a much-improved team from 2009, and they will be looking for their third district win of the season.
“Every team we’ve played so far this year have been improved,” Chambless said. “We knew that was coming. Everybody last year was really young. We knew that if all of them came back, they would be a lot better.”
Clarksdale will be hosting the Green Wave, which means another three hour trip into the heart of the Delta for West Point. Two weeks ago, they traveled that far to play Lake Cormorant. They won there 28-27.
“Having to go again, to the Delta, to play on a long trip, that concerns you, because you have to go, get off the bus and play,” Chambless said. “It makes it tough on you, but we’ll make the best of it.”
While playing on the road is not ideal, playing anytime, anywhere is something Chambless and the Green Wave relish.
“Anytime you get to play a game period, you get a chance to get better,” Chambless said. “You have to play on the road as much as you play at home. You just have to play games to get better.”
This week will likely be another tough battle this week against a Wildcat team that will display a good bit of speed.
“They can run,” Chambless said. “They’ve gotten a lot stronger since last year.”
Like many others in the district, Clarksdale is building with a lot of youth.
“They’re in a process of reviving the program from last year,” Chambless said. “They’re doing a very good job. They’ve got some very talented players.”
Chambless says that his team, like last week, has had a good week of practice, despite the rain and heat issues.
“We’ve had a good week of preparation,” Chambless said. “We’ve had some good days. We’ve had wet days, hot days, and we’re fixing to have a cold Friday night. We’re getting the best of all worlds.”
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.