Titans fall short in quest for state championship
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 PM
WEST POINT - The road to Jackson ended for Ridgeland last Friday night as they lost to West Point 56-21 in the second round of 5-A playoffs. The West Point Green Wave took control of the game early on scoring on its first drive after stopping the Titans. In what became a theme of the night, West Point shut down Ridgeland on its second drive and took over again at midfield and found the end zone and a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
But Titan quarterback Parker Loham kept the option and scooted into the end zone 50-yards later pulling within 7, 14-7. West Point shut down the Titans in the second quarter and took control of the game scoring three more touchdowns for a 35-7 halftime lead.
West Point put things out of reach as they took the opening kick-off 99 yards and a commanding 42-7 lead. They added one more in the third for a 49-7 lead. But the fourth quarter came alive for Ridgeland when Lane took another 50-yard run to shorten the lead to 49-14. Ridgeland lit up the scoreboard again when Loham hit Xavier Marion for a 61-yard TD pass, cutting the lead down to 49-21.
West Point then added another score in the fourth for the final 56-21 win.
Ridgeland's season ends with a 9-4 record. West Point, 11-2, travels to Starkville Friday night for the right to play for the 5-A state championship.