West Point punches ticket to North 5A game with rally

West Point’s Brandon Harris (2) looks for a lane on a big run Friday night against the Lafayette Commodores (Photo by Ryan Phillips, DTL)
Cal Brown
For Daily Times Leader

The West Point Green Wave punched their ticket to the Class 5A North championship when they prevailed over the Lafayette Commodores in a 21-14 win on Friday night.

The Green Wave found themselves trailing 14-7 at halftime with their lone touchdown coming from a 9-yard run by Dantariyus Cannon midway through the second quarter.

After the intermission, the West Point defense pitched a shutout, and Cannon went on to score two more touchdowns to deliver the Green Wave a playoff victory and a berth in the North championship.

West Point Head Coach Chris Chambless felt real proud after his team fought back and secured the win.

“It was a great team win,” Chambless said. “It was everything we expected it would be. We did give up some big plays, but we rallied back in the second half. We had each other’s backs all night and that’s what happens when everything comes together and you don’t quit fighting.”

Soon after the second half began, the Commodores muffed a punt which was recovered by O’Bryan Brandy for the Green Wave, which led to a touchdown by Cannon to tie the score 14-14.

Brandy’s muffed punt recovery was the spark his team was looking for to get its groove going in the second half.

“Before that play, I wanted to make a difference and do anything I can to help the team out,” Brandy said. “After we got it back, we were all fired up. We needed the offense to score right there so we could win, because we worked so hard in the summer for games like this. We all came through and we won as a team.”

The biggest of Cannon’s three scores came off of a 58-yard run that not only gave his team its first lead, but it proved to be the final difference as West Point won by seven points.

During his 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Cannon said once he saw the lane open up, he made a break for it and never looked back.

Cannon and the rest of the Green Wave knew Lafayette again would be a tough challenge. Their first meeting with the Commodores this season was on September 27 when West Point prevailed 28-24 in Oxford.

“Lafayette’s a good football team,” Cannon said. “It’s hard to beat a team twice, especially a team like Lafayette, so we knew we were going to have to bring it again like we did earlier this year.”

The Green Wave will be back in action at home next Friday night against Neshoba Central for the North 5A title game.