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Blue Devils adjust, roll past Leflore Co.

WATER VALLEY — The Blue Devils prepared all week to shut down Leflore County’s reliable drop back passer Grant Simms.

Then news came following practice on Thursday that Simms had been hurt during the Tigers’ regular season finale against Leland and receiver Rakeem Addison would start under center in the Class 3A first round matchup at Bobby Clark Field.

The switch didn’t make a difference as Water Valley still rolled to a 45-12 win, although it did cause the Blue Devils a few more headaches early on.

Mixing traditional passing plays with a Wildcat formation with receiver DMontrise Swinney running point, the Tigers were able to move the ball in the first half and actually opened the game with a touchdown drive.

But when Swinney left the game late in the first half with an injury, Leflore County’s offense went with him.

Swinney had accounted for 36 yards rushing, including a 17-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the game, then caught three passes for 40 yards — including a 5-yard touchdown pass diving out of the side of the end zone — before leaving the game.

Without Swinney, the Tigers were unable to establish a reliable rushing attack and were forced to throw more and more, allowing the Blue Devils to remain with the defensive package they had perfected during the week. (November 7, 2011, Page 4B)

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