The MHSAA 5-A playoffs kicked-off this past Friday, and the Green Wave played host to the Canton Tigers. West Point out classed the Tigers and won the game, 38-0.
Tez Lane had another outstanding night, carrying the ball ten times for 197 yards and scored twice on the ground. Lane also threw the ball nine times completing two passes for 45 yards and throwing one touchdown pass to Peair Howard. Besides Lane’s big game, Aeris Williams rushed 19 times for 146 yards on the night and one rushing touchdown. Eric Lemus was perfect on five extra points and kicked a 20 yard field. The offense put on a showcase of their ability against the Tigers and looks ready for the playoffs.
The Wave defense also had a great night, producing a shutout against Canton. The Tigers at some points could not rush the ball at all, thanks to the front seven of West Point standing like a brick wall. And when the Tigers went to the air, the Green Wave secondary created turnovers. Nelson McIntosh and Cortez Young both recorded one interception each during the second half. Ladarius Patterson scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery off a fumbled kick-off return by Canton. West Point’s defense was simply dominant against the Tigers.
The Green Wave now put their sight on the Ridgeland Titans from Madison County. Talking to West Point linebacker Mario Virges after the win, Virges understands what the Green wave needs to do. “Everyone needs to keep getting better so we can go further down the road to Jackson,” said Virges about the formula for success.
This upcoming round two playoff game will be a definite battle as Ridgeland comes off a close win against Center Hill, 13-6. Head Coach Chris Chambless understands the importance of this game saying, “It’s a big game against the Titans, Ridgeland will be up to the challenge, and we need to be ready to bring our “A” game.”
Also in the second round of the 5-A Playoffs; Starkville will host Oxford, Picayune travels to Pascagoula, and Wayne County makes the trip to Pearl River Central.
Stay tuned to the Daily Times Leader for updates throughout the week on Green Wave football and check out our Friday football preview to get you set for Friday night’s game against the Ridgeland Titans.