No. 4 West Point Green Wave
Head Coach: Chris Chambless
2017 Record: 15-0 (Class 5A State Champion)
Starters Returning: Offense: 4 Defense: 5
Players to Watch: QB Jake Chambless; WR/DB Ryan Melton; RB Brandon Harris; LB Brentt Cunningham; DE Jaylen Cungious; DB Tyler Rupert; LB Brandon Lairy; DE Jaylen Cungious; DL Jaylon Webb.
Coach Speak: “It’s about pride and tradition here and for us games are won in the offseason. Guys have bought in and stepped up. Senior class last year was extraordinary and now people are riding us off and our guys are motivated. We have the next man up mentality and we’re excited about the season. I’m excited about the offensive line and the fact we’ll have three or four running backs to run the ball,” Chambless said.
Outlook: For West Point expect nothing new from the two-time defending 5A state champs. The Green Wave are the state’s second longest active winning streak at 28 games. Jake Chambless returns for his last season at quarterback after passing for 679 yards with seven touchdowns to lead the two-time defending 5A state champs. Brandon Harris (214 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns) will be the main running back now and is the most experienced back returning. Expect West Point to throw the ball more than usual with Ryan Melton returning at wide receiver and tight end Sema’j Harris will possibly return in the later part of the season after tearing an ACL. The Green Wave defense will not miss a beat even with several key guys gone in the front seven. Linebackers Brentt Cunningham (44 tackles in 2017) and Brandon Lairy return along with defensive linemen Jaylon Webb to anchor the front seven, while Tyler Rubert (37 tackles and four interceptions last year) and Melton will anchor the secondary.
Season Opener: Aug. 17 at Columbus