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The West Point Green Wave are looking to get a little bit better each week.
After getting beaten on a last-second field goal by South Panola 12-10 in the first week, West Point had an open date before defeating Columbus last Friday 26-19.
The Green Wave make the trip to face rival Starkville at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
"We are nowhere where we need to be as far as peaking," West Point coach Chris Chambless said. "We don't want to peak now. We want to get better every day and every week. We've got a lot of improvement.
"One thing about our team that I like is they play extremely hard every play. It's fun to watch because we play so hard. I wish we'd do a lot of the little things better than what we're doing them, but we're working on it every day and our kids are taking pride in it. We'll eventually get there hopefully."
One player that has apparently bought into that notion of improving is junior running back Aeries Williams.
Against Columbus, Williams had 238 all-purpose yards for the Green Wave with 156 yards rushing on 33 carries and three touchdowns. He added an 86-yard kickoff return for a score.
"Aeries is very humble and a great leader by example," Chambless said. "He works extremely hard and has a great work ethic. He has great character and it rubs off on everybody else."
Quarterback Tez Lane provided a good one-two punch for West Point on the ground. Lane added 128 yards rushing on 18 attempts against the Falcons and combined with Williams for 284 yards."
â€“ Danny P. Smith
Leake has momentum, confidence
Leake Academy enters Friday's game against Starkville Academy with a lot of momentum and confidence.
The Rebels (2-1) are coming off two-straight victories in which they scored 50 points in each game.
"They are somebody we played last year," SA head coach Jeff Terrill said. "Both teams are very familiar with each other, in their schemes. We feel very comfortable about it."
Leake took care of Immanuel 50-12 and beat Kirk Academy 53-20 last week.
The Volunteers (1-2) on the other hand, are coming into the game with two-straight losses. the Vols look to turn it around at home this week. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
â€“ Ben Wait