STARKVILLE — Marcus Murphy was a one-man wrecking crew.
And West Point’s defense is as good as advertised.
Behind Murphy and a stingy defense, West Point got past Laurel 29-8 to claim the MHSAA Class 5A state championship at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday night.
It is the Green Wave’s (14-1) eighth state title in school history and first since 2010.
Laurel came into the came averaging over 400 yards a game for total offense. The Golden Tornadoes only managed to get 98 yards of total offense against a stiff West Point defense. The Green Wave defense sacked Laurel quarterback Tyquan Ulmer three times.
Murphy, a promising junior running back, led the Green Wave offense with 141 yards with three touchdowns.
His touchdown runs came from 3, 1 and 2 yards out.
Clayton Knight had a 5-yard touchdown pass to Semaje Harris to give West Point a 10-0 lead with 9:49 left in the second quarter. Jose Garcia added a 36-yard field goal for the Green Wave.
Tyquan Ulmer had 74 yards passing with a touchdown to lead Laurel. Ulmer had a 24-yard touchdown pass to Je’Vah Jones with 7:36 left in the second quarter that cut the West Point lead to 10-6. The Golden Tornadoes (13-2) also blocked a punt that resulted in a safety.