WATER VALLEY – Not contrary to each Friday night’s effort, the young Water Valley Blue Devil team fought to the last seconds of their final game played on home turf last Friday night. The Devils closed the season with a 28-7 loss to Ackerman. The loss put Water Valley 2 – 8 in the season, with a season opener win recorded against Coffeeville and a homecoming win coming against Williams-Sullivan.
Any hardcore Devil fan is quick to point out that the breaks have not gone their way, and the trend continued in the second play of Blue Devil action against Ackerman after a hard lick by an Indian tackler caused a fumble and a turnover.
The Indians took over on the 34-yard line, in Blue Devil territory, and were able to convert a third down pass, taking the ball to the five-yard-line. Following a Blue Devil offsides, the Indians scored, going ahead 7 – 0.
Following an Indian kickoff, the Blue Devils started their next drive on the 35-yard-line. Despite an offsides penalty from the Indians, the Blue Devils were forced to punt following a fourth and five situation.
The Indians start their next possession on the 18-yard-line. Driving to the Blue Devil 29-yard-line, their effort fails following a pass interception after Leo Daniels tipped the ball.
The Blue Devils were able to score on their next series, after Dewayne Samuels run than ball in from the two-yard line following a lenghty succession of plays.
The Indians start their next drive with 9:27 remaining in the half from just under the mid-field mark with the game tied, 7 – 7. The Blue Devil defense mustered successful pass coverage, and the Indians were forced to punt.
First three and out in a long time, one coach noted as the momentum seemed to shift toward the home team.
The Blue Devils start their next drive from their 16 yard-line. The drive started slow, and facing fourth and two from the 16 yard line, an impressive fake punt allowed Samuels to pick up 32 rushing yards. The drive faltered at the Indian 27 yard-line after the Blue Devils came up short on a fourth and long situation.
Two Blue Devil interceptions kept the Indians out of the end zone, and at the half the score remained tied at seven points.
The Indians receive the opening kickoff of the second half and drive for the touchdown, going up by six points. The extra-point kick was blocked, and the score was 13 – 6.
The Indians forced the Blue Devils to punt on their first series of plays in the third quarter. The following Indian drive was stopped at the Blue Devils 47 yard-line and another punt was in order.
Following several more series of back-and-forth with no score, the Blue Devils picked up momentum following a fumbled punt by the Indians.
The Blue Devils were unable to make good on the opportunity after giving the Indians possession three plays later with a fumble.
The Indians record their third touchdown of the night after driving from their own 33 yard-line, making the score 21 – 7 with just under six minutes left in the game.
Logan recorded 93 yard for the night with 16 carries followed by Samuels with 79 yards.
The final score came by the Indians after a turnover on downs and the game ended with a 28 – 7 loss for the Blue Devils.