Chambless looking forward to West Point’s matchup against Louisville

West Point’s Kam Martin makes a run against Columbus last week  (Harvey Myrick/Special to the DTL)
Hunter Cloud
Special to Daily Times Leader

West Point head coach Chris Chambless is looking forward to a battle between two strong teams when Class 5A West Point (1-0), and Class 4A Louisville (1-0) meet Friday night in West Point.

“Every game we play is equally as important, it is why you play, you just got to focus and win,” Chambless said. “They are really good, they have a lot of returning players, and they have won a lot of games the past year.” Louisville is coming off of a 14-6 victory over the 99th best team in the state of Florida - Navarre High School. Louisville is ranked 10th in the state of Mississippi and hopes to extend its win streak to two straight games to start off the year.

“They are back now, and they are playing hungry,” Chambless said. “It is going to be a huge challenge for us to be competitive and let the chips fall where they may.”

West Point gave Columbus a 55-6 drumming in the previous week as West Point is now ranked fourth in the state. Chambless said he wanted to see a few things from his team against a solid team like Louisville.

“I just want to play well number one, that means block and tackle, you start off with the principles of football,” Chambless said. “You want toplay clean football, no penalties, and no turnovers. Just play hard and have great effort. If we can do that, then we give ourselves a fighting chance.”

Chambless said some players to watch for from Louisville defensively are Charles Moore, a senior defensive linemen, who is a Mississippi State University commit and will be coming off of an injury and Ashanti Cistrunk, a senior outside linebacker and free safety, who has committed to the University of Mississippi and made five interceptions last season. Offensively, West Point will also face Dre Shumaker, a junior quarterback and wide receiver, who can be an athletic threat and make big plays.

West Point had 413 rushing yards in their first game of the season and hope to keep having success with their running backs. West Point’s secondary has forced two interceptions on the year and looks to add to that total Friday night.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Friday night at McCalister Field in West Point.