Coverage Breakdown: West Point @ Lafayette
Players to Watch
Murphy led the Green Wave to an impressive 14-1 season last year that ended with West Point winning the 5A State Championship, and he has been even more impressive so far this year leading the team on the ground with 517 yards rushing with 10 total touchdowns through 4 games.
Calvert has been the Green Waves second offensive option behind Murphy this season, as he's totaled 356 yards rushing on just under 50 carries with 6 touchdowns. It has been an impressive start to Calverts senior campaign as he has almost passed his rushing total from all of last season through just 4 games.
Terrence Cherry/ Ledarius Glover
While we get caught up in the West Point offensive attack, the Green Wave also have a stifling defense that is led by Terrence Cherry and Ladarius Glover. Cherry and Glover are apart of the nasty front 7 that West Point sends out every Friday night that based off looks mirrors that of the Clemson Tigers. Cherry and Glover have combined for 10.5 sacks in just 4 games. Cherry led the team last season with 18 sacks, so it will be interesting to see who is West Points sack king this season.
Quarles is coming off a season in which he had 2,140 yards on the ground for the Commodores as he led the team to a 4A State Championship. As Lafayette searches for their first win they'll have to rely on Quarles to lead them offensively.
Anderson took over under center when Brandon Turnage got hurt, and the Sophomore will be key for the Commodores to have some much needed success offensively.
Curry led the Commodores with 158 tackles last season, and as a senior he's a leader of this defense in 2017. They'll need him among others to step up this week as they try to contain the rushing attack of Marcus Murphy and Chris Calvert.
Keys to the Game
This game has a much different feel now than it did coming into the season, as this is a matchup of the defending 5A State Champions in West Point and the 4A State Champions in Lafayette who are still searching for their first win. Can the Commodores pull off the monumental upset in the first division contest as a 5A squad and earn their first victory?
Can Lafayette find a way to contain Marcus Murphy and Chris Calvert?
For West Point, coming on the road as a huge favorite they don't need to let Lafayette hang around and get their fans into the game. So it'll be key to get off to a quick start.
The Mississippi State commit and SES E10 member has looked like one of the top players in the state so far this season, and he doesn't look to stop now.