Green Wave show solid effort in jamboree action

West Point head coach Chris Chambless, left, has a conversation with running back Kameron Martin during Friday night's jamboree at Mississippi State. (Photo by Ryan Phillips, DTL)
Staff Writer

Football kicked off around the state of Mississippi and the area on Friday night and the West Point Green Wave were getting their first look at life without players like Marcus Murphy.

The two-time defending Class 5A State champions passed the first test at Friday’s New Hope Jamboree inside Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium. The two-quarter exhibition saw the Green Wave come out of the gates slow but power through that sluggish start on the way to a 27-13 victory over the defending Class 3A North champions of North Panola.

“I knew we would get great effort from our guys," West Point head coach Chris Chambless said. "We’ve just got to do a lot better in our execution and a lot better job with the organization and that starts with me. You can only get game ready by playing games and hopefully this will get some jitters out of the guys.”

North Panola came out with the juice in its opening drive as starting quarterback and Arkansas commitment K.J. Jefferson sent the team down the field. It capped the drive with a 5-yard score and quickly went on top 7-0 with 7:21 remaining in the first quarter.

It didn’t take long for the Green Wave to wake up. A nine-play drive culminated with Brandon Harris’ 9-yard touchdown run and was followed up by a 44-yard score from Jimothy Mays and a 3-yard score from Kameron Martin for 21-unanswered points into the second quarter.

North Panola earned a late touchdown drive on a 10-yard pass from Jefferson, but West Point's Jake Chambless hit Jaylun Eggerson from 13 yards away for the final score in the two-quarter scrimmage.

The biggest question mark for the Green Wave is how to replace an All-State player like Murphy. West Point is trying to do it with a multitude of different players and they got some help from everybody on Friday night.

Mays was the most productive of the group carrying it just three times for 96 yards and his long touchdown run. Martin finished with 10 carries for 25 yards and a score and Harris had three carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Jake Chambless went a perfect 4-for-4 passing for 55 yards and a touchdown pass in the victory.

West Point now starts preparation for the opening game of the season as it will travel to Columbus for a 7 p.m. tilt against the Falcons next Thursday.  

There will be a new sense of urgency for the fresh faces and upcoming leaders, but coach Chambless expects his team to go back to work with the same mentality that the Green Wave have carried every year. So far, he likes the makeup of his team as they prepare to defend consecutive state titles in Class 5A.

“We depend on our seniors that are coming up and they have great leadership for the young guys,” coach Chambless said. “We have a lot of tradition at West Point. We do things the right way, do things hard, do things consistently good and get better every day. Every team has a different personality and this team’s personality has great work ethic.”