Q&A with West Point radio announcer Bud Bowen

Brian Hamilton
Daily Times Leader

The Daily Times Leader recently caught up with West Point High School radio announcer Bud Bowen to get his take on the Green Wave going into its next game at home against Grenada on Friday.

Q: What do you find so special about this year’s Green Wave team?

A: “They’re so balanced on both sides of the football. They can play offense when they have to, they play defense when they need to.”

Q: What do you think about the quarterback play and Coach Chambliss’ use of a two quarterback system?

A: “Jake (Chambliss) figures into the game plan every week on offense. We go as Murphy, Calvert and Brownlee go. We have a three-headed monster (in the backfield), but Jake figures into that too when he’s in the ball game. They’ve got special stuff for Jake when he comes in.”

Q: Do you think this year’s team is better than last year’s state champion team?

A: “Well, I won’t say it’s better yet until they win it, but they’re pretty darn good.”

Q: Did you expect West Point to come out as strong as they did against Olive Branch Friday night?

A: “You know, personally, I really did. I felt that West Point wanted to make a statement because we hadn’t really been pushed that hard this year and having to read about Olive Branch all week and how good they were.”

Q: What did it say?

A: “They were being recognized as the best rebuilding job in the state of Mississippi. They were 7-0 and they came from 0-11 to 7-0. They were getting a lot of pub, and I think West Point wanted to prove that we were the better team, especially at our place.”

Q: Do you see any weakness in the Green Wave’s game that another opponent may be able to exploit?

A: “From what I’ve seen in North Mississippi, if we don’t beat ourselves, we’ve got a good shot to go to state. The only way we’re going to blow this thing is to not come prepared to play mentally.”

Q: What do you think about the matchup this Friday with Grenada?

A: “Grenada has not had the year they’ve had in the past, but it will probably be the type of ballgame that we will need to be mentally prepared for. Coach Kuhn is probably going to put a lot of emphasis on his team coming back to West Point where he used to coach as an assistant.”