Coverage Recap: West Point 41 | Oxford 0
These two teams are very familiar with each other, in the regular season, and the postseason. The Chargers have crushed West Point’s dreams of hoisting a gold ball the last two years in the playoffs, West Point returned the favor.
Two years of postseason frustration was taken out on Oxford. The West Point Green Wave dominated the Oxford Chargers 41-0 to advance to the 5A North Half Championship game. The win was West Point’s 11th in a row. The Chargers failed to put up a single point for the first time since 2003 against the Clarksdale Wildcats. The Chargers also haven't lost this badly since Clarksdale beat them 53-2 in 2004. The Green Wave controlled the game from start to finish.
Both teams had to wait an extra hour to play. A storm that swept pretty much the entire state of Mississippi delayed the start of the game for a full hour. The storm passed, but the rain kept falling hard when both teams took the field for the opening kickoff. Oxford would receive the ball first, but were forced to punt after getting one first down on their opening drive. The Green Wave cranked up their run game immediately, by immediately, I mean their first offensive play. Marcus Murphy found a big gap in the Chargers’ defense and raced 78 yards for a Green Wave touchdown, just like that, the score was 7-0 West Point just two and a half minutes into the ball game. After another failed Charger drive, the Green Wave faked a punt to keep their drive alive, getting a first down. Chris Calvert (who did not play against Oxford earlier in the season) cashed in the gamble for a 55 yard Green Wave touchdown run. At the end of the 1st quarter, West Point had a 14-0 advantage. John Reece McClure and company were determined to stop the bleeding when his team got the ball. McClure handed the ball off to Lance Stewart, a bad exchange put the football right into the hands of West Point’s C.J. Melton. Melton (who had a defensive touchdown against Oxford earlier in the season) took the ball and ran 47 yards the other way for another Green Wave touchdown. Just about everything was falling apart early for Oxford, who trailed West Point 21-0 early in the second quarter after the scoop and score. Then Oxford’s Hiram Wadlington began to make his presence felt. He broke off some big runs to get them all the way to West Point’s 10 yard line. The Chargers were unable to come up with any points on that drive, turning the ball over on downs with an incomplete pass. Nine minutes later, Calvert shed numerous tackles on his way for a 22 yard touchdown run to add to an already impressive West Point lead late in the first half, the score was 27-0 with a blocked PAT. The score at halftime was 27-0 West Point with the lead. The Green Wave ran a total of 17 offensive plays in the first half.
The Chargers were able to force a three-and-out to open the third quarter defensively. Lance Stewart carried the load on the ground to get Oxford into the red zone midway through the third quarter. Once again, the Chargers came away empty handed, turning the ball over on downs yet again. West Point still had their foot on the gas in the run game. Murphy avoided numerous tackles and raced for a 55 yard touchdown to give a West Point a 34-0 lead late in the third quarter. Calvert put the final nail in the coffin once the Chargers turned the ball over on downs for the fourth time in the game. Calvert ran left, then reversed field and ran to the right, and nothing but the blue painted end zone was in front of him. The 22 yard scamper by Calvert put West Point up 41-0 early in the fourth quarter, which ended up being the final score in the game.
Oxford finishes the season with an 8-5 record. The Green Wave will host the Lake Cormorant Gators next week. The Gators will be playing for the North Half Championship game for the first time in school history. West Point defeated Lake Cormorant earlier in the year 39-17.
Players of the game:
West Point - Marcus Murphy/Chris Calvert
Oxford - Hiram Wadlington