Tyler’s 1956 Junior Devils Were Undefeated
Great moments in sports aren’t always national championships or Olympic gold medals. Sometimes a great moment is just a footnote to local history. But, for those involved that special time will never be forgotten.
The seventh and eighth grade Blue Devils of the 1956-57 school year were undefeated under the leadership of Coach Bob Tyler, who was a student at Ole Miss at the time. Pretty good for a team that had little more than a lot of enthusiasm.
They had bare minimum uniforms, no place to dress, little equipment, and one very young, inexperienced coach. “They had to walk a mile to practice and back,” said Tyler. “They really wanted to play football.”
And play football they did with a 6-0 season.
This year the team gathered during Watermelon Carnival weekend at the Tyler home on South Main Street to reminisce. The “boys” still remember that long ago season like it was yesterday.
“He made us realize we could be champions,” said one team member. It was a sentiment echoed by all present.
For all of his acclaim and professional accomplishments, this Water Valley Junior High team holds a special place in Bob Tyler’s heart.
“When you look in their eyes they are the same sweet boys they were 51 years ago.”