WEBB – In a tough matchup last Friday night the Devils fell 24 – 18 to West Tallahatchie.
“It was a tough football game for us,” Coach Trent Hammond said. “We made some mistakes including putting the ball on the ground and costly penalties in the second half,” Hammond said about the loss.
Antonio “Bull” Hoskins saw playtime throughout the battle, and his performance could be measured by the sound of licks placed on Choctaw players.
Despite the mistakes, Hammond reported that the team played hard, and did not quit until it was over.
“Bull (Antonio Hoskins) played really well,” Hammond added. Hoskins had been out for several games after spraining his knee.
Water Valley seemed to take charge early in the game, after marching the ball 60 yards to put six points on the scoreboard, including a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Leo Daniel to Trey Lowe – burning just under five minutes off the clock.
The Choctaws quickly answered with a touchdown, after finding themselves with a short field following an on-side kick attempt went out-of-bounds on the Blue Devils 29-yard-line. With just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, the score was tied at 6 -6. Both teams had failed to convert a two-point conversion following the touchdowns.
Neither team was able to score in the second 12-minute quarter, following sloppy ball-handling that generated several turnovers.
The turnovers started when the Blue Devils were only 25 yards from paydirt, with a fumble by Eric Buckley giving the Choctaws possession. They drove the ball to the Blue Devil 18-yard-line and looked to be in scoring position.
The Blue Devil defense stiffened, and on a fourth and three possession play, the Choctaws fumbled and failed to convert – giving the Blue Devils the ball back on their on 20-yard-line.
Later in the second quarter, the Blue Devils were forced to punt, facing a fourth and one situation.
Following the Choctaw ball possession, the Blue Devil defense was able to hold the Choctaws, forcing a punt in the waning minutes of the first half.
The punt was blocked by Lowe, and the Devils got excellent field possession but penalties contributed to the failure of the last drive of the half.
The Devils took the lead early in the third quarter after a successful onside kick gave them the ball on their own 46-yard-line.
Despite fumbling the ball on the drive, and a tough fourth-and-two situation, the Devils were able to carry the ball into the end zone on a 19-yard run by Davidtron “D.C” Logan.
The Choctaws did not take long to answer, following a short kickoff by the Blue Devils that gave the Choctaws the ball on the Blue Devils’ 48-yard-line.
Two plays later, the Choctaws put six on the board, and the two-point conversion that followed was no good and the score remained 12-12 with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Two plays after taking the Choctaw kickoff from the 32-yard-line, the Blue Devils fumbled and the Choctaws took over in Blue Devil territory.
A Chocktaw fumble recovered by Hoskins gave the Blue Devils the ball back with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.
A minute later, the Blue Devils fumbled again and the Choctaws started again from the Blue Devils 28-yard-line with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter.
The Choctaws increased their lead in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 10-yard pass with just under nine minutes remaining in the game.
Following the kickoff, the Blue Devils fumbled, giving the Choctaws the ball with only 30 yards to the goal line. The Choctaws were able to score again, increasing their lead to 26-12 with 7:24 remaining in the game.
The final score came when the Blue Devils dug in and were able to score with just over two minutes remaining.
An onside kick attempt failed, and the clock ticked down with the final score 26-18.
The Blue Devils are now 1-4, with their single win coming in the season opener against Coffeeville.
A Tough Rival Friday Night
The Blue Devils will kickoff Friday night in Eupora for their first division game of the season.
Eupora is ranked in the top five in 2A and is undefeated this year.
“They run about six base plays out of a number of formations,” Hammond reported.
“We need the ball to bounce our way,” Hammond added.