A season that began with uncertainty has now turned into one filled with optimism and expectations headed into division play. At 3-2, the Blue Devils have shown vast improvement in performance, confidence, and character over a team that only won two games in 2007. For a team that could easily be sitting with just one loss, the test of division play will be stern and unforgiving for the Blue Devils, as they look to earn a playoff berth
“All the games count now, we’re going to try to go 5-0 in the division and get a number one seed going into the playoffs and go as far as we can from there,” said Richard Russo.
The Blue Devils open division play against the traditionally strong Eupora Eagles, the defending region champions.
“I know that is a very good football program. I haven’t seen them on film yet, and I know they are very well coached and it’ll be a heck of a challenge coming in,” said Embry.
The Eagles defeated Water Valley 30-6 in ’07, and they lead the all-time series 7-2-0. The Blue Devils blowout defeat last season was the programs worst against Eupora since a 41-0 loss in 1981.
Eupora will arguably be the Blue Devils stiffest test in division play, as the Eagles offer much more offensively than any previous opposition thus far.
“Eupora runs 13 different formations, and they run and pass equally well, so they require a little bit more film study. They’re the defending region champs, so obviously (Eupora Head Coach) Junior Graham knows what he’s doing,” said Russo.
The expected return of D.C. Logan and the strong defensive performances by Woodard, Hayes, and Fondon will give the Blue Devils a big lift, as Water Valley will look to start division play with an upset over Eupora.