Tupelo vs. Clinton

Tupelo vs. Clinton

Tupelo took on Clinton this past weekend in the opening round of the Mississippi 5A playoffs. The Wave got the best of the Arrows 42-14 and will now host four time defending state champion South Panola this Friday night.

While I have seen several videos of Tupelo, this week's game was the first time I had seen the Wave play live. The amount of improvement the team has made since the midway point of the season is rather remarkable.

Chris Garrett looked like a college quarterback prospect. His footwork was very good and he delivered a nice tight spiral on just about every pass. His decision making was good for the most part and he was content to take what the defense gave him rather than forcing the ball into coverage.

Ken Davis had a break out game. The Wave used the pass to loosen the defense up and the Clinton defense had a lot of problems with Davis once he got going. He was very, very good running north and south. He is not a blazer, but he showed more than adequate speed on an 89-yard jaunt where he picked his way though the Clinton defense.

Chad Bumphis had a good night and was clearly the fastest player on the Tupelo side of the football. Bumphis has a lot of versatility and really stepped up his play in this week's games. In warm-ups he dropped a couple of easy catches, but once the lights came on Chad made all of the plays he was called on to make.

Tupelo has a lot of weapons and it will be interesting to see how they approach this week's game with South Panola. With some more seasoning, who knows? Next season Tupelo will be a team that has the skill people to take advantage of mismatches in personnel.

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