CHARLESTON — Too many big plays allowed on defense and not enough on offense wasn’t a recipe for success Friday night for the Water Valley Blue Devils.
WVHS lost its first game of the season, and its Region 2-3A opener in the process, by not being able to stop the Charleston Tigers’ running game. CHS rushed for almost 500 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground en route to a 42-10 win over the Blue Devils.
Charleston gained an early advantage, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions of the first half. The Tigers held WVHS quarterback E.J. Bounds in check on defense, limiting a normally potent offense to just a field goal from Alex Robles in the opening 24 minutes of play.
It appeared that the Blue Devils would get back into the game in the third quarter after they held the Tigers on the first possession and then scored on their first offensive series. A halfback pass from Eli Rogers covering 9 yards cut the Tigers’ lead to 20-10 midway through the third.
Water Valley had a chance to stop the Tigers on a long second-down situation on the ensuing drive, but CHS Cortavio Curry broke free and rushed for a 46-yard touchdown to put the Tigers back up three touchdowns. The Tigers added an 89-yard run and an interception return for a touchdown to salt away the game.
For more on the Blue Devils, see Monday’s EAGLE Sports section. (October 5, 2013)