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Coverage Recap: West Point 49 | Lafayette 14



Last night I finally got to see the mighty West Point Green Wave in person, and I must say they're as good as advertised if not better. West Point has an explosive offense with a lot of athletes including Mississippi State commit Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and Jason Brownlee among others. The Green Wave defense is also full of talent, with a defensive line that based off size mirrors that of the one that Dabo Swinney and Clemson send out on the field on Saturdays.

After falling behind 7-0 early, West Point rattled off 21 straight points to hold a 21-7 lead over the Commodores at the end of the 1st quarter.

Despite being a huge underdog and struggling through a tough season so far, Lafayette didn't roll over last night. Following a 35 yard pitch and catch from Randy Anderson to Jamarcus Quarles, the Commodores found themselves only trailing 21-14 with 4:23 left in the first half. But like they have all season, West Point quickly responded as Marcus Murphy broke loose for a 55 yard touchdown to extend the Green Wave lead back to 14. They would punch it in one more time before the half on a Chris Calvert 4 yard touchdown giving them a 35-14 halftime lead.

The second half was relatively quiet with the Green Wave scoring twice and keeping the Commodores off the board, to earn the 49-14 victory to move to 5-0 on the season.

After seeing Marcus Murphy and this tough West Point team in person, with all due respect to Pearl and others I believe this is the best team in the state of Mississippi. It's tough to see anyone in 5A giving these guys a run for their money.

As for Lafayette, it's tough to see the defending 4A State champs off to such a rough start this season at 0-5. The bright spot for the Commodores is tailback Jamarcus Quarles who scored the two lone touchdowns for Lafayette last night. It doesn't get any easier from here as the Commodores get welcomed to 5A football.

#MackGordon #WestPoint #Lafayette

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