By Reid Bankston
WATER VALLEY – After falling short in their home division opener, Brad Embry’s Blue Devils will look to continue their success on the road, where Water Valley is 2-0 in 2008. A trip to Durant to face Williams-Sullivan (0-6), arguably the weakest team on the Blue Devils schedule will be a large test of focus for Water Valley.
“They’re (Williams-Sullivan) struggling a little bit, but we’ll get their best shot. They even scheduled us as their homecoming, and that’s a little bit of a slap in the face to us. The Water Valley Blue Devils are nobody’s homecoming date,” said Richard Russo. “Our kids realize it’s a business trip, and we have to put our hardhats on and go to work.”
Water Valley defeated Williams-Sullivan 53-48 in 2007, the two teams first meeting in the school’s history, their second and last victory of last season.
Offensively, the Blue Devils will look for a big night against a Yellowjacket defense that has given up 210 points in their first six games, including 55 in last week’s lost to Bruce.
For Russo, the Blue Devils’ defense will look to keep the Williams-Sullivan aerial attack in check, as a youthful Water Valley secondary will look for continued improvement.
“They have have played at a high level, and I hope they continue to progress,” said Russo. “We have one of the youngest secondary’s in the state, we have 2 sophomores and 2 freshmen playing back there.”
For Water Valley to continue to challenge for a playoff spot, slip ups in games against opposition such as Williams-Sullivan must be avoided. With a hugely anticipated date with Bruce looming next Friday, Water Valley desperately needs to get back on the right track against the Yellowjackets.