COFFEEVILLE — For the past four years, the Railroad Trophy has called Water Valley home. After Friday night, it now has a new address as the Coffeeville Pirates defeated the Water Valley Blue Devils 20-14 in the annual rivalry game.
After putting up 36 points against New Albany last week, Water Valley (1-1) was held to seven points until 32 seconds left in the third quarter. Minus an impressive 55-yard drive on their first possession that resulted in a touchdown, the Blue Devils couldn’t muster much else.
“I saw a lot of everything,” Water Valley coach Brad Embry said. “Film will tell, but I saw dropped touchdowns, bad throws, bad protection. I saw the whole gamut.”
Blue Devil quarterback Jonathan Kent threw for 248 yards and a touchdown, a week after he went for 256 yards and three touchdowns.
Water Valley’s defense was puzzled by the pesky Coffeeville duo of quarterback Kendarius Couthron and running back Antavious Moody. There was one play that seemed to work for the Pirates all night, and that was the sweep. Moody would jump outside and gouge the Blue Devil defense for chunks of yardage at a time.
“They blocked us and outran us. Pretty simple,” Embry said.
Down 20-7 late in the third quarter, Water Valley recovered a Coffeeville fumble inside the Pirates’ 20-yard line and put together its first productive drive since the first half. The drive was capped with Brandon Bounds finding paydirt on a 3-yard run.
That closed the deficit to six points, but the Blue Devils were unable to capitalize on the newly acquired momentum.
See Monday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from Friday’s game. (August 29, 2014)