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Water Valley cruises in opener

BLOG: It’s hard to imagine the Blue Devils could have started their 2012 season in a more impressive fashion.

Friday night, Water Valley cruised to a lopsided 41-0 victory over Independence at Bobby Clark Field with all of the game’s points coming before halftime.

Junior quarterback E.J. Bounds had an 81-yard touchdown run and two 1-yard scores to lead Water Valley (1-0 overall).

“That was cleaner. Early on, we were getting five and six yards with guys going unblocked. We got it cleaned up, realized what they were doing defensively and when you go two 80s in a row you know they were getting everybody blocked,” Water Valley coach Brad Embry said of Bounds’ 81-yard score, which immediately followed an 80-yard touchdown run by Jarard Williams that was called back due to a holding call.

Junior running back Cortaveus Hawkins chipped in touchdown runs of 2 and 8 yards, and James Washington returned an interception 31 yards to cap the Blue Devils’ scoring.

Water Valley’s Defensive Coordinator Richard Russo was obviously pleased by his squad’s performance against Independence’s flex bone offense.

“I think the kids executed the game plan tremendously. We just wanted to be in the right spot,” Russo said. “The flex bone offense is predicated on misdirection and getting you out of where you’re supposed to be in your particular defense. We asked them to be a little bit more patient facing a flex bone offense. You can’t just fly out of there in pursuit, so  you have to do some checks before you leave. We did a really good job of doing that.”

 Friday’s win marks the third consecutive lopsided win the the Blue Devils over Independence. Water Valley won 63-0 last season and 33-6 in 2010.

Water Valley returns to action Aug. 24 with a rivalry game at home against Coffeeville.

For a complete writeup of Friday’s game, pick up a print edition of Monday’s Oxford EAGLE. (August 18, 2012)

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