Recap: West Point High School spring football

Danny P. Smith
For Daily Times Leader

It was the first spring in a while when the West Point Green Wave didn’t have the versatile Marcus Murphy lending his skills to the program.

Murphy spent his spring in Starkville working with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The loss of Murphy and others created some holes for coach Chris Chambless in West Point.

Chambless saw some things accomplished in the spring, but enters the summer workouts with more evaluation to take place.

Coming off another Class 5A State championship, Chambless and his Green Wave started working for the next one.

“We were just seeing what people could give us,” Chambless said. “We’re still a work in progress.”

One of the question marks going into the spring was at the quarterback position.

After Murphy used his athletic ability to perform well at that position, Brandon Harris and Jake Chambless split the reps behind center in the spring.

Coach Chambless likes what both his son and Harris can do.

“Brandon and Jake will handle things barring any injuries,” coach Chambless said of the quarterbacks. “We’ll have a one-two punch and they both do some good things for us.”

Chambless said there will be plenty of talented skilled players surrounding the quarterbacks with runnings back and wide receivers to help.

He liked the progress of the offense in the spring.

“We have some guys that can do a lot of things for us,” Chambless said. “Our offensive coaches do a great job of mixing things up. We’ll use a lot of different formations and do what our kids can do.”

It will be much of the same on the defensive side of the football.

Despite who will be used in new roles next season, it will still be the type of defensive football people are used to seeing in West Point.

“You’ve got a lot of new faces in new places,” Chambless said. “One thing we’ll have is speed.”

The Green Wave open the season at home on August 24 when Louisville comes to town.