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)
All three area high school football teams will be in different places in their season when they trot out of their locker rooms tonight.
The Oxford Chargers (3-1 overall) travel to New Hope tonight to open its Class 1-5A schedule, while the Lafayette Commodores (5-0, 1-0) host Class 2-4A opponent Byhalia for their second region game and the Water Valley Blue Devils (4-1) conclude their non-region schedule with a bout at Independence.
During Oxford’s 3-1 start, quarterback Guy Cameron Billups has been leading the offense with precision.
The senior has completed 50 of 88 passes for 870 yards and nine touchdowns. (September 24, 2010, Page 6A)
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)
Friday’s outstanding all-around performance for Lafayette’s Anfernee Gooch at Center Hill almost didn’t happen. Instead of racking up 177 yards receiving and an additional 93 yards through the return game, Gooch almost didn’t play because of a car wreck he was involved in the night before.
LHS coach Anthony Hart remembers Gooch telling him that he didn’t think he would play Friday night. Hart was preparing to move to Plan B when the senior was convinced that playing would not only be his best option, but the best option for the Commodores as well. (September 21, 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)
WATER VALLEY —It wasn’t pretty, but in the end the Water Valley Blue Devils did just enough to come away from Bobby Clark Field on Friday night with a 27-21 victory over the Class 4A North Pontotoc Vikings.
(more…) (September 18, 2010)
The Lafayette Commodores will be looking to start region play with a bang tonight when they travel to Center Hill, while the Water Valley Blue Devils host North Pontotoc to conclude their non-region schedule.
Both games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Lafayette’s game can be heard on 93.7 FM, while the Blue Devils can be heard on 105.5 FM. (September 17, 2010, Page 7A)
Not only was the game played on a rain soaked field that hindered both teams from executing to precision, but the Water Valley Blue Devils roster was also decimated by swine flu.
Even though the Blue Devils lost the game 16-14, due in large part to a safety during the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference, defensive coordinator Richard Russo was able to find positives when looking back at the loss on Wednesday. (September 16, 2010, Page 7)
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)