The Green Wave have been all business this week. Last year, round two saw West Point exit the playoffs when bitter foe Starkville knocked the Wave out. But this year, West Point wants to erase the bad memory from everyone’s mind when they play host to Ridgeland.
West Point played Canton in the first round opener. The Wave overwhelmed the Tigers and went on to win 38-0.The offense ran the ball well the whole game, and were able to score at will. Along with the massive offensive success, the Green Wave defense was dominant over Canton, allowing them to pitch a shutout.
The Wave have proven time and time again they are one of the best teams in the state. West Point has been very consistent and are in control of their destiny to win the state title, but before they turn their focus to Jackson, the Green Wave need to get past Ridgeland.
Ridgeland enters round two after defeating Center Hill 13-6. The Titans (9-3; 6-1) hold an active five game winning streak, and are the second seed out of 5-A Region 2. Though their season began slowly going 2-2 out of their region, Ridgeland silenced many of their doubters only losing one game to Starkville in district to pick up the second seed.
Ridgeland runs a spread offense but looks to run first as the Titans have racked up an average of 221 yards on the ground. Along with rushing the ball well, the Titans will go to the air if the ground game disappears averaging 73 yards a game. Head Coach Chris Chambless knows that Ridgeland’s offense allows their athletes in space and results in big plays.
The Titans’ offense may be able to have big play potential, but the Ridgeland defense has been suspect at times this year. Some teams have scored points at will against the Titans, and hopefully the Green Wave will be able to take advantage of Ridgeland defensive breakdowns.
Talking to Coach Chambless on Wednesday afternoon, he expects his team to do well this week. “Everyone is healthy, and we have had a good week,” commented Coach Chambless, “we need to just make sure we do not turn the ball over and win the battle in the trenches.”
Kick-off is set for 7:00 P.M. and the gates will once again open at 5:30. Admission is $7 per person for the playoff game.