Today was a proud day for Water Valley head football coach Brad Embry. At approximately 7:30 a.m., seven Blue Devil seniors signed National Letters of Intent to play college football; longtime commit Taylor Edwards signed with Troy and recent pledge Devin Fleming signed with Alcorn State.
On the junior college level, Rowdy Williams and Denzel Jones signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College, Justin McCammon and Q. Bailey signed with Northwest Mississippi Community College and Jeoffrey Gordon signed with Itawamba Community College.
Oxford’s reversal of fortune on the gridiron this season was a result of many different players. For a team that was 5-6 and not in the playoffs in 2011, an 11-2 overall record and a trip to the semifinals of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs in 2012 took a lot of hard work on the part of several top players. (more…) (December 12, 2012, Page 1B)
Another strong season on the gridiron has brought postseason honors for area players. Coaches from around the state met this morning at the Mississippi Association of Coaches office in Jackson to announce the annual rosters for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game and the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game. (more…) (October 17, 2012, Page 6)
Facing a one-win Nettleton Tigers program that has fallen on hard times as of late, and with perennial power Aberdeen on the horizon, the visiting Blue Devils came out flat in the Region 2-3A showdown. (more…) (October 15, 2012, Page 4B)
BLOG: NETTLETON — The Blue Devils overcame a premature deficit and sluggish start to knock off the Nettleton Tigers 33-13 Friday night. (more…) (October 13, 2012)
WATER VALLEY — Playing without the like of E.J. Bounds, Jeoffrey Gordon and Taylor Edwards hasn’t seemed to slow the Water Valley football team. (more…) (October 8, 2012, Page 5B)
WATER VALLEY — The Blue Devils and head coach Brad Embry had two main objectives heading into Friday’s Region 2-3A opener against Mooreville: Get the win and stay healthy.
Water Valley offensive lineman Taylor Edwards didn’t expect to be playing at a Division I school when he first started playing football. Even though he has the size (6-foot-4, 280 pounds), strength and athletic ability college recruiters are looking for, Edwards didn’t think it was possible he would earn an athletic scholarship. His mindset changed this spring when Troy University offered him a scholarship. After visiting the Troy campus a couple of times and camping at some other schools such as Louisiana-Monroe, UAB and Memphis, Edwards decided Troy was the best fit for him in the future. (June 26, 2012, Page 6)
There were a lot reasons why the Lafayette Commodores finished the season ranked No. 1 overall in the state and with a second straight MHSAA Class 4A state title trophy to put on display. A bevy of talented players and a very organized coaching staff are at the top of the list of reasons why the Commodores reeled off another 16-0 season, but leadership provided by key players was also a major reason for the immense success. (more…) (December 20, 2011, Page 1B)