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)
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)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Water Valley ended its non region schedule with a 33-6 win over Independence Friday night at Independence. (more…) (September 25, 2010)
The improvements made on offense by the Water Valley Blue Devils so far this year can be credited to several different players. From quarterback E.J. Bounds to running backs Torrey Horton, Zenty Allen and Eric Buckley to the offensive line as a whole, there are a lot of reasons why the Blue Devils have made tremendous strides as an offense. (September 23, 2010, Page 6)
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)
Junior Stan Ivy came up big for Oxford in its first road test of the season last Friday.
Facing a tough Senatobia team, Ivy not only caught two touchdown passes of 20 and 40 yards, but he also returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86 yards for his third touchdown of the game.
The emergence of Ivy as a game changer — he finished the game with 186 all-purpose yards — has been more than a welcomed development for senior quarterback Guy Cameron Billups.
Prior to the season, Billups said that Ivy would be a good complement to an offense that already had tall targets in DeShaun McNeal and Larry Pettis.
He was right. (September 14, 2010, Page 6)
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)
Aggression is a key intangible needed to play football at a high level, especially for defenders who must routinely sacrifice their bodies to make tackles and keep opposing teams out of the end zone. For Water Valley corneback/wide receiver Chris Conard, playing with a mean streak, or better yet with a high amount of aggression, has never been an issue.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder routinely sacrifices his body for the betterment of the Blue Devils. As a member of the Wrecking Crew, Conard is the one player who has the ability to make all the finesse plays in coverage as well as hit like a safety or linebacker in the running game.
(September 9, 2010, Page 6)