November 12, 2017 12:47:55 AM
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team kicked off the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A playoffs in rousing fashion Friday night at Hamblin Stadium.
Marcus Murphy and Chris Calvert eclipsed the 100-yard mark as part of a 325-yard rushing effort in No. 1 seed West Point's 56-0 victory against Callaway.
"It was good to get off to a fast start," West Point coach Chris Chambless said. "In the playoffs, you have to take every opponent seriously. We had a great week of practice and I think that carried over to the game. We wanted to start fast. We were able to do that on both offense and defense."
West Point (12-0) will play Friday at Grenada (7-6) in the second round. Grenada, a No. 3 seed, beat No. 2 seed Germantown 33-9 on Friday. West Point beat Grenada 48-0 in a Class 5A, Region 1 game Oct. 20 in West Point.
West Point scored on five of its six first-half possessions and led 42-0 at halftime.
West Point finished with 325 rushing yards. The rushing performance marked the sixth game this season West Point has had at least two running backs rush for more than 100 yards in the same game. Murphy, Calvert, and Nate Montgomery eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the team's victory against Grenada in the regular season.
West Point has rushed for 4,094 yards this season, which is an average of a little more than 341 yards per game.
Murphy scored on runs of 1 and 53 yards, while Calvert scored on runs of 10 and 7 yards. Montgomery also scored on a 1-yard run. In the second half, Brandon Harris scored on a 4-yard run and Jimothy Mays scored on a 24-yard run.
The West Point defense recorded its fourth shutout. Nine opponents have been held to one touchdown or less.
"The defense is playing great football," Chambless said. "Everybody knows what we are capable of doing on offense. However, the defense has really been special. The communication is great. It's a hungry unit. They are passionate about getting that shutout every week."
Ryan Melton had a 50-yard interception return for touchdown for the Green Wave.
Kentavius McMillian and Terence Cherry had punt blocks to help spark the special teams unit for West Point.
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