WATER VALLEY — The Blue Devil defense out-shined the Corinth Warriors in Friday night’s Class 3A first round matchup win, earning a 28-0 win.
The Wrecking Crew bundled up opposing ball carriers throughout the evening and held the Warriors to under 150 yards of total offense on the night.
Whenever the Warrior (4-7) offense seemed to start to drive the football the Blue Devil (10-2) defense would make a big play causing them to have to punt.
Along with the stingy defense, the Blue Devil offense relied heavily on establishing a run game for continual positive yardage and to set up the play action pass.
The Blue Devil offense ran the ball with a slew of different players. Three Blue Devil players carried the ball over 10 times rushing for over 70 yards a piece.
The Blue Devils look to survive and advance throughout the playoffs. They will have to travel to Ruleville and will need to win to keep their State Championship dreams alive. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m on Friday.
LAFAYETTE 49, NORTH PONTOTOC 7
The top-ranked Lafayette Commodores got their playoffs started right on Friday, cruising to a 49-7 victory over the North Pontotoc Vikings at William L. Buford Stadium.
After posting a scoreless first quarter in which the Vikings were able to control the clock with short passes and draw plays, the Commodores bounced back in a big way by reeling off 49 unanswered scores. The Vikings lone score came with under a minute left in the contest when the Commodores had already pulled the bulk of their starters.
Lafayette will host the Louisville Wildcats on Friday. Louisville, led by coach M.C. Miller, defeated Amanda Elzy 32-8 in their round 1 matchup.
(November 6, 2010)
For the Water Valley Blue Devils and Lafayette Commodores, the time to be clicking on all cylinders is now, as both teams begin their respective runs at Class 3A and Class 4A state titles.
The Oxford Chargers will also hit the gridiron tonight, concluding their regular season with a road game at Saltillo. (November 5, 2010, Page 6A)
The Oxford Middle School girls and boys basketball teams earned two wins on Thursday in the OHS gym. The seventh-grade Chargers beat Water Valley 22-5 and the eighth-grade Chargers topped the Blue Devils 30-11.
The seventh-grade Lady Chargers defeated Water Valley 19-9 while the eighth-grade girls won 32-13. (November 5, 2010, Page 7A)
The Blue Devils’ lack of perfection was attributed in part to the team looking past the Troopers and to their first-round opponent in the Class 3A playoffs.
WVHS coach Brad Embry said earlier this week he’s expecting his team to be refocused on Friday when the Blue Devils (9-2 overall) host the Corinth Warriors (4-6) to open their 2010 playoff run. (November 4, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette and Water Valley split four games to open the middle school basketball season for both programs Tuesday in the WVHS gym. The seventh-grade Commodores defeated Water Valley 26-7, while the eighth-grade Blue Devils rallied to post a 15-13 win in the nightcap.
Lafayette’s seventh-grade girls lost 16-7 to the Lady Blue Devils, while Water Valley’s eighth-grade were defeated 12-10. (November 3, 2010, Page 6)
The Water Valley Lady Blue Devils basketball team is hoping to take the program to another level heading into their second year under coach Jason Purdy.
It’s because of what Purdy has seen during preseason practices that he believes the Lady Blue Devils can take a step in the right direction to improve upon last season, which ended with a first-round loss in the playoffs. (November 3, 2010, Page 6)
On a night where the focus of the team was on the start of the Class 3A playoffs later this week, WVHS improved to 9-2 on the season by using great individual plays on both defense and offense to hold off the scrappy Troopers (7-4).
Besides Conard’s three picks, linebacker turned running back C.J. Jackson provided a 93-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that essentially iced the contest for the Blue Devils. (November 1, 2010, Page 4B)
Water Valley coach Brad Embry said the approach will be the same as it has been all season when his Blue Devils take on Mooreville Friday night.
It will be the regular season finale for the 8-2 Blue Devils who wrapped up the No. 2 seed in Region 2-3A and the upcoming Class 3A playoffs. Embry said there is a chance his team would add some things on offense heading into the playoffs, but he also thinks staying to a successful script that is currently in place is also important. (October 28, 2010, Page 6)
Friday’s game against Winona for Water Valley was a must-win in the eyes of the Blue Devils. It wasn’t a win-or-you’re-out of the playoffs type must-win, but a must-win in the sense of playoff seeding.
With Water Valley’s 31-21 victory, the Blue Devils locked up a second-place spot in Region 2-3A that will have them hosting either Corinth or Kossuth in the first round of the playoffs. (October 26, 2010, Page 9)
“Controlled chaos” is how Water Valley defensive coordinator Richard Russo described the play of his Blue Devils on Friday night.
Extra motivated by pre-game taunting from several Winona Tigers, Russo said his unit was able to channel their animosity during the game with the end result being a 31-21 victory for the Blue Devils at Bobby Clark Field. (October 25, 2010, Page 5B)
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