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Ruleville Central no match for Blue Devils second round matchup

The Water Valley Blue Devils continued their playoff success with a convincing road victory over the Ruleville Tigers 31-0 in the second round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs. (November 15, 2010, Page 6B)

Blue Devils travel to play Ruleville in second round Friday

Two weeks ago Water Valley head coach Brad Embry said anything can happen in the playoffs. Once a team qualifies, all bets are off and rankings are worthless.

This past weekend, the Ruleville Central Tigers proved Embry’s point. As a four-seed, the Tigers upset Region 3-3A No. 1 seed Leflore County 30-24. (November 11, 2010, Page 6)

Warriors no match for WVHS, Wrecking Crew

The Water Valley Blue Devils advanced to the second round of Class 3A playoffs after beating the Corinth Warriors 28-0 Friday night at Bobby Clark Field. (November 8, 2010, Page 4B)

LHS, WVHS begin playoff runs tonight

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)

WVHS opens playoff run against Corinth

Last week the Water Valley Blue Devils may have topped the Mooreville Troopers 20-10 to conclude their regular season schedule, but by most accounts it wasn’t a complete game effort.

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)

Versatile Conard developing as WVHS leader

Chris Conard has all the attributes of a star football player. He easily passes the eye test and looks good on paper. He has the skill set that not only makes him stand out, but has allowed the current junior to play on Water Valley’s varsity squad since he was in eighth grade.

Last Friday, Conard had a career-game in Water Valley’s 20-10 win in the season finale at Mooreville, grabbing three interceptions while also making nine tackles and breaking up five passes.

It’s because of that stellar performance that Conard was named the EAGLE’s Final Player of the Week for the 2010 season. (November 2, 2010, Page 9)

Individual plays lead Blue Devils to win

Three interceptions from junior cornerback Chris Conard was the biggest example of how the Water Valley Blue Devils earned a 20-10 win over Mooreville in their regular season finale Friday night.

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)

Blue Devils want to keep things rolling

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)

Motivated Blue Devils come up big against Winona

“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)

Playoff seeding on the line tonight

Important region games are on tap for all three area high school football teams tonight. The No. 1 ranked Lafayette Commodores have an opportunity to not only remain perfect on the season and win 10 or more games again this year, but wrap up the region title with a win at Tunica-Rosa Fort.

Oxford will try to keep pace and finish at least third in Region 1-5A with a win at Lake Cormorant. Water Valley, meanwhile, hosts Winona in an important Region 2-3A game that will go a long way in figuring out which team finishes second or third in the region.

Kickoff for all three games is set for 7 p.m. Lafayette’s game can be heard locally on 93.7 FM. Oxford will be broadcast on 95.5 FM, while the Blue Devils can be heard on 105.5 FM. (October 22, 2010, Page 7A)

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