HATTIESBURG — The dynasty continues.
Behind a potent rushing attack and the play of Ryan Melton, West Point got past West Jones 27-12 to claim their third straight MHSAA Class 5A State Championship at Southern Miss’ M.M. Roberts Stadium on Saturday night.
The Green Wave (14-1) have now won 10 football state championships which is second in the state all-time behind South Panola’s 11 state championships.
“Just used to it. West Point football, you are expected to win and expect to win a state championship every year,” said West Point senior quarterback Jake Chambless, the head coach’s son. “It will hit me when I get home and go to bed. As far as the game, offensively we didn’t have a good tempo going until the last drive. We had to go fast and score on that drive to seal the win and we did.”
The Green Wave would get down early 3-0 on Walker Thompson 46-yard field for West Jones with 6:36 left in the first quarter.
West Point would answer on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Harris to Treddis Anderson to go up 7-3 with 3:17 left in the first quarter.
On the next drive West Jones was forced to punt, but West Point’s Ryan Melton blocked the punt and scooped it up to score from 25 yards out to extend the Green Wave lead to 14-3 with 1:50 left in the first quarter.
Melton also had a interception in the fourth quarter to stop a West Jones drive that could’ve tied the game.
“Coach told me all week if the punter gave me a look I would get the block. The look was one up back and they widen the side and the up back didn’t block me so I was able to block it,” Melton said. “The interception, the coach thought I was going to bite on the double move and I didn’t and just made the play. To win three straight is awesome and this senior group can have their own legacy.”
After the interception the Green Wave would march 84 yards on 15 plays, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Harris.
“That drive was just West Point style of football,” said West Point coach Chris Chambless. “We just kept believing and never panicked and kept playing our way. Winning three in a row with my son at quarterback is special. Not a lot of fathers can say that and I’m proud of this senior class.”
Harris had 120 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown and passing touchdown to lead the West Point offense. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Jaylun Eggerson added a rushing touchdown for the Green Wave.
Alan Follis had 153 yards passing with a touchdown to lead West Jones (12-3).