This Friday’s game against Calhoun City is one of those.
A year ago the Wildcats were able to connect on a long touchdown pass down the Water Valley sideline. It proved to be the difference in the 10-7 win for the Wildcats.
Water Valley defensive coordinator Richard Russo said the Blue Devils have made sure to talk about last year’s showdown. (September 1, 2011, Page 6)
BLOG: The Blue Devils had a rough start to their jamboree at Vardaman tonight, as flags and two turnovers limited Water Valley to just seven points in the first half.
Water Valley regrouped at half and ended up routing the home squad 28-6. (more…) (August 12, 2011)
The Blue Devils, known as a smash-mouth team that sprinkles in the passing game on offense, regrouped after losing its opening game to advance all the way to the Group B Championship Game of the O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament hosted at FNC Park. (July 11, 2011, Page 7)
The Water Valley track and field squad stood out at the recent Division 2-3A meet at Winona, with seven division champions and six runner-ups. The Blue Devils will have 16 athletes advance to the Class 3A regional meet at Winona on April 30. (more…) (April 21, 2011, Page 7)
Friday night, it was the Winona Tigers that capitalized on the Blue Devils mistakes that led to a hard-fought 10-7 win in the third round of the Class 3A playoffs at Bobby Clark Field. (November 22, 2010, Page 4B)
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)
The junior rushed for 187 yards and four scores in Lafayette’s Region 2-4A showdown. As a result, Dennis was named the EAGLE’s Player of the Week for the first time this season. (September 28, 2010, Page 6)
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)
During Water Valley’s preseason game against Vardaman, a message was sent to opposing teams — look out.
To say the Blue Devils have a mean streak might be an understatement; junior cornerback Chris Conard made that blatantly clear during Water Valley’s preseason game against Vardaman when he came downhill on a kickoff and knocked out a 270-pound player, literally.
It’s that kind of take-no-prisoners attitude that is expected to be on display all season. (August 27, 2010, Page 6A)