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Jackson blocks Troopers in thrilling fashion

MOOREVILLE — Richard Russo took in a deep breath and exhaled.

Having just rushed the field in Mooreville with his players, the breath of the Water Valley defensive coordinator represented one part relief and another part exhaustion.

In a game that was dominated by field position and timely defensive plays, it was C.J. Jackson’s blocked extra point in overtime that proved to be the difference as the Blue Devils opened their Region 2-3A schedule with a thrilling 21-20 victory over the Mooreville Troopers.

After surrendering the tying touchdown with just under two minutes remaining in regulation, the Blue Devils re-grouped and went back to work in overtime.

On first down from Mooreville’s 10-yard line, sophomore quarterback E.J. Bounds took the snap out of the shotgun formation and dashed up the middle of the field virtually untouched for his third touchdown of the night.

Alex Robles connected on the extra point, putting Water Valley (5-2 overall, 1-0 Region 2-3A) ahead 21-14.

Mooreville responded. After losing two yards on first down, quarterback Griff Loftis threw a perfect pass down the right sideline while under duress and connected with receiver Errick Dillworth for a 12-yard touchdown.

On the ensuing extra-point, however, Jackson broke through the middle of Mooreville’s protection thanks to the blocking of teammate Justin McCammon and blew up the kick.

The block not only gave reason for Water Valley’s players to spill over onto the field, but it also dropped many of the Troopers to their knees in angst. (October 3, 2011, Page 4B)

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