Green Wave roll over the Falcons

Staff Writer

Just over eight months after the West Point Green Wave celebrated another Class 5A State championship, they picked right up where they left off in Thursday’s season opener.

The Green Wave dominated on both sides of the football giving up just four first downs in the first half and racking up 359 yards of offense in the first two quarters. That set the tone for a 55-6 blowout win to begin the year 1-0.

Three different West Point players rushed for touchdowns led by Kameron Martin, who hit the end zone on three different occasions. The running back had two scores in the first half and another in the second half to help the Green Wave to the easy win.

Dantariyus Cannon led the way on the ground with his six carries for 118 yards. Mays finished with six carries for 85 yards and a score, Martin had eight carries for 74 yards and three touchdowns and Brandon Harris had five for 64 with a touchdown.

West Point scored in each of its first six offensive drives and allowed Columbus to pass the 50-yard-line just once in the first half. That drive ended with an interception by Tyron Orr that ended the first half.

It was 14-0 after one quarter as Mays and Martin scored and the Green Wave defense forced two three-and-outs. It added three more scores in the second quarter as Harris scored on a 12-yard run, Martin got in from 5 yards out and Jake Chambless threw an 11-yard touchdown to Shun Crawford for the 35-0 advantage at the half.

Columbus was able to get its first and only score of the day just before the end of the third quarter on a 39-yard touchdown pass. West Point cleared the bench and the clock ran from there.

The Green Wave carry their 29-game winning streak home as they’re back in action in West Point next Friday against Louisville.