BLOG — Holly Springs got the first break when the Hawks’ opening kickoff bounced off Water Valley’s front line and was recovered by the Hawks. It was the only thing to go Holly Spring’s way all night.
Quarterback E.J. Bounds passed for a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more while T.T. Person ran and caught one each to lead Water Valley to its first Region 2-3A victory of the season with a 56-0 lashing of Holly Springs Friday night at Bobby Clark Field.
WVHS coach Brad Embry said it was good to see his team come out and take care of business after putting together a lackluster performance in its first loss at Charleston a week ago.
“Just to smile and get that bad taste out of our mouth,” Embry said. “That’s good medicine.”
Nothing came of the Hawks’ first possession as Water Valley (7-1 overall, 1-1 in Region 2-3A) took over for what would be its first of three straight possessions beginning in Holly Springs territory. The Blue Devils took advantage of each short field, scoring on Person’s 5-yard run, a 1-yd keeper from Bounds and an 18-yard connection from Bounds to Person, respectively, to jump out to a 21-0 lead with 20 seconds left in the opening quarter.
It was more than enough of a cushion for the Blue Devils’ defense, which held Holly Springs to 105 yards of offense and never allowed the Hawks to cross midfield on their own. The only snaps Holly Springs (2-6, 0-2) took on Water Valley’s side of the 50 came late in the fourth quarter when the Hawks gained possession after a botched snap on a punt attempt.
The Blue Devils added on with a touchdown pass to a wide-open Derrick Brady down the seam from Bounds, who finish 5 of 11 for 98 yards and two scores in one half of action. A 36-yard touchdown run from RB Elijah Rogers and Bounds’ second scoring run of the night made it 42-0 at the half.
A pick-six from DB K.J. Lee and a 2-yard touchdown run from RB Robert Mays rounded out the Blue Devils’ scoring in the second half.
“First region win. Got a W and played a lot of kids,” Embry said. “I think we came out pretty healthy as far as I can tell, and it’s another step in the season. I tell our kids all the time, it doesn’t matter (who you play), if you get a win, you need to be proud of it, be thankful, enjoy it and get ready to go again Monday.”
See Monday’s print edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage of Friday night’s game.
(October 12, 2013)