Water Valley has several big-time players that litter its roster: senior running back/safety Eric Buckley, junior receiver/cornerback Chris Conard and freshman quarterback E.J. Bounds, just to name a few.
On Friday at Nettleton’s Jack Carlisle Field, it was an unlikely recent roster addition, however, that ended up being the hero for the Blue Devils in their 23-20 overtime victory. (more…) (October 4, 2010, Page 3B)
Region play starts to hit a new high for all three area high school football teams tonight. For the Lafayette Commodores, tonight’s road game at North Panola is the third Region 2-4A game of the season. For OHS, tonight’s matchup with the Clarksdale Wildcats in the first Region 1-5A game of the season, while the Water Valley Blue Devils will be playing their first Region 2-3A game of the year at Nettleton.
Kickoffs for all three games will be at 7 and all three can be heard locally on the radio. The Commodores and Cougars can be heard on 93.7 FM, the Chargers-Wildcats are on 95.5 FM, while the Blue Devils-Tigers are on 105.5 FM. (October 1, 2010, Page 6A)
Brad Embry wants to make it clear that the Nettleton Wildcats squad that Water Valley (5-1 overall) will face on Friday is not going to be the same team that lost to Bruce 43-13 last week, nor the team that opened the season 0-2 after losing to Amory and North Pontotoc.
Instead, Embry said he expects Friday’s showdown in Nettleton to be a “knock-down, drag-out” for the Region 2-3A opponents. (September 30, 2010, Page 8)
A more reserved, business-like approach proved to be the key to earning a win for the Water Valley Blue Devils in their final non region game of the season Friday night. Instead of the swagger and attitude that the team displays at the start of each game each week, the Blue Devils executed at a more subdued, methodical pace in their 33-6 win over Independence. Instead of hitting the gas early in the game, the Blue Devils found themselves hitting the accelerator more as the game wore on.
The main reason for a little less passion resided in the fact that two energetic starters on defense, Eric Buckley and Chris Conard, were held out for injury and illness. For junior linebacker C.J. Jackson, not having the two in the game meant a little bit slower start and feel overall from the team. (September 27, 2010, Page 5B)
All three area high school football teams will be in different places in their season when they trot out of their locker rooms tonight.
The Oxford Chargers (3-1 overall) travel to New Hope tonight to open its Class 1-5A schedule, while the Lafayette Commodores (5-0, 1-0) host Class 2-4A opponent Byhalia for their second region game and the Water Valley Blue Devils (4-1) conclude their non-region schedule with a bout at Independence.
During Oxford’s 3-1 start, quarterback Guy Cameron Billups has been leading the offense with precision.
The senior has completed 50 of 88 passes for 870 yards and nine touchdowns. (September 24, 2010, Page 6A)
Friday night will be the final non-region game of the season for the Water Valley Blue Devils. For coach Brad Embry, it’s another chance for his offense, defense and special teams units to work out kinks as they prepare for the games that really count.
WVHS will begin the first of three-straight games on the road at Independence, a team the Blue Devils lost to 7-6 last year. (September 23, 2010, Page 7)
A convincing 21-point halftime lead wasn’t enough on Friday for the Water Valley Blue Devils.
As a result, it took a late touchdown run by senior Zenty Allen for the Blue Devils to hold onto a 27-21 victory over North Pontotoc at Bobby Clark Field. (September 20, 2010, Page 5B)
WATER VALLEY —It wasn’t pretty, but in the end the Water Valley Blue Devils did just enough to come away from Bobby Clark Field on Friday night with a 27-21 victory over the Class 4A North Pontotoc Vikings.
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Blue Devils coach Brad Embry was proud of the effort his team displayed on a special Homecoming Night. (September 13, 2010, Page 4B)
The Wrecking Crew defense proved once again to be elite while the Blue Devils offense left many fans excited about the remainder of the season. (more…) (September 11, 2010)