Friday: West Point (11-1) at Kosciusko (8-4), 7 p.m.
Read more about the football playoffs in Friday’s Daily Journal.
Not too many teams actually want to play West Point. So Kosciusko’s players are either crazy and hungry for revenge.
“I thought when our game was over Friday night, the kids were excited for beating Shannon,” coach John Perry said, “but when the West Point score was called out, they were really excited.”
The Whippets (8-4) get another shot its Region 4-4A rival in a third-round playoff game. During an Oct. 12 regular season showdown, West Point (11-1) pulled out a 17-14 victory. The win was preserved when a fourth-down pass from Kendrick Presley slid through Terrance Griffin’s fingers in the end zone.
West Point senior quarterback Cortney Scott passed for 104 yards and rushed for 90 that game. In last week’s 28-13 win over Oxford, Scott rushed for 282 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries.
“The key is Cortney Scott, period,” Perry said.
West Point must be careful not to put too much on Scott’s shoulders. He’s so talented, it’s hard not to, even with guys like Jeremy Cannon, Michael Carr and Darren Ewing on the field.
“We’re not going to be able to depend on him to carry the load every week,” West Point coach Chris Chambless said. “It’s been a long season so far, and somebody else is going to have to step up.”
An already physical Kosciusko team has made some changes in the secondary and on the offensive line, and Perry thinks his team is better since that loss at West Point. The Whippets are led by Presley (896 yards passing, 773 rushing) and defensive end Jeremy Henderson (71 tackles, 9 sacks).
“We’ve got to play better in the first half,” Perry said. “We kind of tested the waters (last game). We came out the second half doing what we do, running the ball and being physical.”