By Bryan Davis
At this point in the football season, it matters not who you’re playing or where you play. Competition is going to be tough.
The Ridgeland Titans (13-0) are coming to West Point to take on the 12-1 Green Wave in the North Half title game tonight for a reason. They are just plain good at what they do.
The Titans come in sporting an average of over 300 offensive yards a game, most of those come via the ground game.
“They’re a spread run team,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless. “They’re going to try and get their athletes some space. They’re not very big, but they are very fast.”
Their leading rusher, senior Jordan Bush, has amassed 1433 rushing yards this season, including 236 against Lake Cormorant two weeks ago. He has four touchdowns in two playoff games so far too.
There’s plenty of more artillery besides Bush though. David Darden had 497 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season, and quarterback Nick Johnson has 631 rushing yards for eight touchdowns.
“We’re going to have to play assignment football,” Chambless said of tonight’s game.
While Johnson is efficient at throwing the football, he has lost eight fumbles this season to go along with 17 total fumbles for the Titan offense in 2010.
The Green Wave will be attacking with their rushing game as well. It is a rushing game that has been very successful over the last few weeks, especially in the playoffs.
LaKenderic Thomas is healthy, and he and quarterback Justin Cox have been having their way with defenses late in the season.
“They’re a pretty good one-two punch,” Chambless said. “We have a couple of good sophomores coming along in Tez Pulliam and Mario Virges.”
Chambless said that his runners have gotten a lot of alleys thanks to the line.
“Our offensive line has played well,” Chambless said. “They’ve done a good job of opening that initial hole , and our guys have done a good job of getting yards after that, taking the licks and staying on their feet.”
The Green Wave and the Titans are going to kick off at 7 p.m.