November 30, 2009

West Point headed to 5A State Championship

COLUMBUS, Miss., - It's a very difficult task to defeat the same team twice in one season, not to mention on the road.

But that is exactly what the West Point did Friday night. The Green Wave ran past district rival New Hope for the second time this season for a 41-21 win in the Class 5A North State title game to earn a birth in the state championship.

"It feels amazing," said West Point defensive tackle and MSU commitment Curtis Virges, who had nine tackles including three for loss against the Trojans. "It feels like all of the hard work has paid off. For my whole high school career we've only had one goal and we finally get to get it."

The win improved West Point to 13-1 overall reeling off all of their wins after a last second 27-20 loss to Shannon in the season opener.

The Green Wave totaled 406 yards of offense on the night chewing up 347 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Justin Cox was responsible for most of the damage offensively with 196 total yards and four touchdowns. Cox completed 5-of-7 passing for 59 yards, one touchdown and one interception while carrying seven times for 137 yards and three more scores.

"One thing I tell him every Friday night is to find a way to lead us," said West Point head coach Chris Chambless. "I tell him to lead us physically, spiritually or anyway you can and that's what he does. He's really grown into a really good quarterback for us."

Junior running back LaKenderic Thomas also eclipsed the 100-yard plateau rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.



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