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Tyler’s 1956 Junior Devils Were Undefeated

The undefeated seventh and eighth grade Blue Devils of 1956: (first row) Don Robertson, Charles Beene, Bobby Williams, Dean Wright, Robert Montgomery, Larry Hart, Wayland Adams; (second row) Jamie Green, Jimmy Miles, Breck Brown, Joe Eliott, Eddie Ray, William Earl Thomas; (third row) Hugh Wright, Sam Allred, Larry Swearengen, Coach Bob Tyler, Johnny Tubbs, Murry Green; (fourth row) J. W. White, James Bynum, Frank Romberger, J. D. Thomas, Chesterfield Brown. (Not pictured: Jimbo Thompson)

The team in 2007: (first row) Bobby Williams, Dean Wright, Robert Montgomery, Larry Hart, Wayland Adams; (second row) Jimmy Miles, Breck Brown, Joe Elliott, Eddie Ray; (third row) Hugh Wright, Larry Swearengen, Coach Bob Tyler, Johnny Tubbs, Murry Green; (fourth row) Jimbo Thompson, and Chesterfield Brown. – Photo by Jack Gurner

 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.”

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