It was the second round of the 5-A playoffs, and West Point looked spectacular against the Ridgeland Titans.
Everything was hitting on all cylinders as the Wave controlled all three aspects of the game. Offensively and defensively, West Point looked high-caliber and explosive throughout. Along with the special teams play with contribution in the kicking game from Eric Lemus and a kick-off return touchdown by Aeris Williams.
“We hit on all cylinders, we came out and we were ready,” said Quarterback Tez Lane about the Wave’s offense performance.
Lane had five total touchdowns on the night including 278 total offensive yards, capping off a spectacular night. Peair Howard had one reception for 45 yards and T.J. Howard had one reception for 66 yards and a touchdown. Also Aeris Williams carried the football for 74 yards total Once again; the defense was lights out against the Titans. Ridgeland only had six first downs the entire game, and could not get much done. Ed Brown and Freddie Reed help lead the front seven for the Wave keeping the Titan running game to a minimum and the secondary were all over the Ridgeland receivers.
“Our kids played hard on both sides of the ball,” said Head Coach Chris Chambless about his team’s overall performance, “we had a lot of focus and need it next week.”
In other 5-A playoff action, Oxford made the trip to Starkville for a hard fought battle. The Yellow Jackets were the victors after three close quarters with the Chargers, going on to win 28-7. Starkville will be the Green Wave’s opponent in the North Half Championship game November 23.
The South side of the bracket had a big shakeup. Defending 5-A champ Picayune fell to Pascagoula on the road, 27-10. Also in the South, perennial power Wayne County lost to Pearl River Central, 24-15. The South Half Championship will see Pearl River Central host Pascagoula.
The Green Wave will have to strap on their chin straps tight so they will be ready to take on Starkville. The Yellow Jackets last year put out West Point in the playoffs and will take a full effort from the Wave to win this Friday night.