WATER VALLEY — A highly motivated Water Valley Blue Devils team knocked off the Winona Tigers 31-21 at home on Friday at Bobby Clark Field to secure the second seed in Region 2-3A. (more…) (October 23, 2010)
Lafayette’s Anfernee Gooch has been overshadowed for much of the 2010 season by workhorses Jeremy Liggins and Demarkus Dennis.
That may have played a factor in Gooch’s breakout performance on Friday that earned him his second EAGLE Player of the Week honor.
Against the Millington Central Trojans, Gooch caught four passes and converted each into touchdown scores of 9, 55, 59 and 45 yards. (October 19, 2010, Page 8)
The Water Valley Blue Devils (7-2, 2-1) won convincingly Friday night in a very important Region 2-3A game against the South Pontotoc Cougars (4-5, 2-1) as a tenacious defense and well-executed special teams unit were the difference in the 38-14 Blue Devil victory. (October 18, 2010, Page 1B)
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)
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)
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)
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)
With the Oxford Chargers marching down the field late in the fourth quarter, Tyson broke around the Oxford offensive line and was able to punch the ball away from Chargers quarterback Guy Cameron Billups.
Fellow Commodore Kris Miller fell on the ball and Lafayette’s 21-14 victory was secured. (September 7, 2010, Page 6)
The Water Valley defense did it’s best on Friday night to come away from Calhoun City’s “Boneyard” with a victory, holding a prolific offense that had averaged 47.5 points to just 10 points.
It wasn’t enough in the end, however, as the Wildcats were able to score a go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter and hold on for a 10-7 victory.
“The simple answer to the night is we just have to get better on offense,” WVHS coach Brad Embry said. “That’s all I told the kids. It was a great effort, a championship effort against a championship-caliber team, but offensively we have to get better. That’s on me, I know that, and we will (get better).” (September 6, 2010, Page 4B)