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Devils Bumped In Tough Division Game

The Water Valley Blue Devils faced tough division rival Eupora last Friday night. The young Blue Devil squad continues to improve, inspite of suffered a 30 – 6 loss against Eupora. – Photo by David Howell

By David Howell

    The Devils’ losing streak increased to five games with a 30 – 6 loss against Eupora, which is one of the toughest teams in their division.
    Consistency is still one of the biggest problems for the young Blue Devil squad, according to Head Coach Trent Hammond.
    “We saw glimpses of things we like at times,” Hammond said about last Friday night’s performance. Hammond described consistency problems at several key areas in the game, including making blocks and shedding blocks, or holding on the ball.

First Quarter
    After starting from their own 35-yard-line, the opening drive march by the Devils sustained three penalities that forced a punt after they had been backed up to their 22-yard-line.
    The Eupora Eagles began their first march returning the Blue Devil punt to the 45-yard-line. Three plays later, Torrey Horton intercepted a pass and the Devils were back in business.
    In the Devils second drive, a second fumbled snap gave the Eagles the ball back near mid-field with just under five minutes remaining on the clock.
    The Eagles put six on the scoreboard after a 46-yard-line run. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, and the score was 6 – 0.
    The first quarter ended during the Devils’ third drive, after picking up a first down on a fourth and two situation when they were able to lure the Eagles offsides during a hard snap.
Second Quarter
    Early in the second quarter, the Devils were unable to convert after a costly penalty, and the Eagles began their first drive in the second quarter from their own 15-yard-line.
    After several plays, the Eagles were able to again put six on the board executing a 49-yard-play. Their second two point conversion was no good, and they led by 12.
    The Blue Devils were only able to hold on to the ball for four plays in the next drive after experiencing center-quarterback exchange difficulty.
    Following the ensuing punt, the Eagles started their third touchdown drive from their own 33-yard-line. A 31-yard-pass increased the Eagles lead to 18 points with just under half the quarter remaining.
    The Blue Devils were able to pick up a first down in their next series of plays, after successfully executing a fake punt while facing a fourth and eight situation.
    They were forced to punt in the next series of downs, and the Eagles take possession on their 25-yard-line with less than a minute remaining. The Blue Devils recovered a fumble in the waning moments of the quarter, but were unable to score.
    At the end of the half, the Blue Devils had rushed for 78 yards on 25 plays. They also had two imcomplete passes.

Third Quarter
    In the opening drive in the third quarter, the Blue Devils were able to stop the Eagles and took possession on their own 22-yard-line.
    Almost half the quarter was used by the end of the Devils’ first drive in the second half and as their offensive line continued to struggle.
    The Eagles scored their fourth touchdown with a 56-yard-run and another failed two-point conversion made the score 24 – 0.
    After the Blue Devils fumbled on their next possession, The Eagles scored their final touchdown of the game, making the score 30 – 0.

Fourth Quarter
    The Blue Devils’ sole touchdown of the night came when Davidtron Logan busted loose with a 44-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

    Friday night’s game will be homecoming and the Devils will face Williams-Sullivan who has yet to win a game this season.
    “They have a very athletic quarterback,” Hammond said about Williams-Sullivan.
    Hammond also said Williams-Sullivan was athletic on the defensive line and had several strong players.

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