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West Point looks to build on first region win

 

Scott Walters

 

All is not lost for the West Point High School football team. 

 

However, the Green Wave needs to continue winning. 

 

Fresh off its first victory in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 play, West Point looks for two in a row Friday night when it plays host to Lake Cormorant. 

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Hamblin Stadium. 

 

After suffering back-to-back losses to Oxford and Clarksdale, West Point (3-4, 1-2 Class 5A, Region 1) got back on track with a 69-41 win over Center Hill. 

 

"We had been needing a lift, so this was a big win," West Point coach Chris Chambless said. "Going down 0-3 (in region play) would have been difficult to come back from." 

 

West Point racked up 536 total yards in the victory. Aeris Williams led the way with 252 rushing yards and four touchdowns. 

 

The Green Wave built a healthy advantage at halftime with reserves playing a large part of the second half. 

 

Lake Cormorant (5-2, 2-1) is off to a nice start with back-to-back region wins over Lewisburg (27-21) and New Hope (28-12). 

 

Hebron Christian (4-3, 2-0) 

 

at Central Academy (2-5, 1-2) 

 

Hebron Christian can wrap up a playoff berth with a win in this Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Eight-Man District 7 game. 

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Macon. It is the final home game for Central Academy. 

 

Hebron Christian improved to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in district play with an 18-12 overtime win over Kemper Academy last Friday night in Pheba. 

 

"That game took about five years off my life," Hebron Christian coach David Foster said. "When we got together at the end and had our prayer, I told the players for Kemper that it was a shame either team had to lose that game." 

 

Justin Gordon scored two touchdowns Hebron Christian, including the game-winner in overtime. 

 

"Each team had a defensive touchdown, so each team scored one time in regulation play," Foster said. "That tells you how great a defensive game that was." 

 

Central Academy (2-5, 1-2) was on the other end of an overtime thriller, falling 34-28 to Calhoun Academy in overtime. 

 

If Hebron Christian wins Friday night, it will face Calhoun Academy next week for the district championship. 

 

Oak Hill Academy (5-3, 2-1) 

 

at Canton Academy (5-3, 1-2) 

 

Oak Hill Academy looks to stay alive in the MAIS Class AA, District 2 race when it travels to Canton Academy. 

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Canton. 

 

Oak Hill is third in the district standings but still within a game of first place. The Raiders won their second straight game with last week's 14-7 upset of Indianola Acdemy. 

 

Canton Academy beat Manchester Academy 45-0 Friday night.

 

Scott is sports copy editor and reporter

 

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