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Richard Russo

Railroad Trophy Rivalry pulling into the station

In 2009, the Water Valley Blue Devils opened their football season with a disappointing 34-25 loss to Coffeeville in the annual Railroad Trophy Rivalry game.
And even though Water Valley has claimed lopsided 28-0 and 63-0 victories in subsequent years, the Blue Devils still talk about their last loss to the Pirates. (August 23, 2012, Page 6)

Blue Devils blow out Wildcats

WATER VALLEY — Midway through the second quarter of Water Valley’s opener against Independence, Jarard Williams had an 80-yard touchdown run called back only to see teammate E.J. Bounds rip off an 81-yard touchdown run of his own on the next play. (more…) (August 20, 2012, Page 3B)

Water Valley cruises in opener

BLOG: It’s hard to imagine the Blue Devils could have started their 2012 season in a more impressive fashion.

Friday night, Water Valley cruised to a lopsided 41-0 victory over Independence at Bobby Clark Field with all of the game’s points coming before halftime.

(more…) (August 18, 2012)

Devils feel prepared for dry run tonight

WATER VALLEY —The football season is finally right around the corner. After going through two-a-days, 7-on-7 drills and summer workouts, the Water Valley Blue Devils can finally begin to smell the fresh cut grass and hear the Friday night crowd.

Today the Blue Devils will host Vardaman in their annual jamboree game.

The exhibition at Clark Field is set for a 7:30 start and will consist of two 20-minute quarters before a junior varsity exhibition. (August 10, 2012, Page 6A)

Conard, Jackson headed to Itawamba C.C.

After putting on a show for four years at Water Valley’s Death Valley, the hard-hitting Blue Devil duo of Chris Conard and C.J. Jackson announced in front of a packed house at Irie on the Square on Monday that they would be taking their abilities to Itawamba Community College.

The cornerback and linebacker have been integral parts of Water Valley’s “Wrecking Crew” defensive unit for the better part of four seasons. (more…) (January 31, 2012, Page 10)

Turnovers, East Side end Water Valley’s season

WATER VALLEY — Turnovers finally caught up to the Blue Devils.

In the first two rounds of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs, Water Valley turned the ball over numerous times but was able to persevere and advance. (more…) (November 21, 2011, Page 3B)

Blue Devils’ second-half rally falls short

WATER VALLEY — Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, football is a game that consists of two halves.

Had Water Valley’s junior varsity squad only counted its second half on Monday night it would have blanked the Bruce Trojans 14-0. (more…) (October 11, 2011, Page 6)

Blue Devils take care of business, clobber Cougars

RANDOLPH — Friday night the Water Valley Blue Devils made the short trip east to South Pontotoc and did exactly what head coach Brad Embry wanted them to do by taking care of business.

Against an overmatched Cougars squad, the majority of the Blue Devils saw playing time in the 49-7 victory. (October 10, 2011, Page 1B)

Conard’s experience has led to leadership

WATER VALLEY — During the Water Valley Blue Devils’ difficult loss to Charleston earlier this season, Chris Conard really made his presence felt.

Late in the 39-3 blowout, Conard overheard two underclassmen cutting up while their teammates continued to battle the Tigers on the field. (more…) (October 7, 2011, Page 6A)

Jackson blocks Troopers in thrilling fashion

MOOREVILLE — Richard Russo took in a deep breath and exhaled.

Having just rushed the field in Mooreville with his players, the breath of the Water Valley defensive coordinator represented one part relief and another part exhaustion. (more…) (October 3, 2011, Page 4B)

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