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Come Out And Meet The Blue Devils Friday Night

Now in their second week of football practice, the Blue Devils are only days away from the opening jamboree scheduled Saturday at Ole Miss. The season officials opens when New Albany comes to town on August 22. – Photo by Mark Anthony

    Blue Devil football gets underway Friday night with Meet The Blue Devils starting at 6 p.m. Coach Brad Embry reported members of the football squad, along with band members and cheerleaders from grades 7 – 12 will take the field to meet the fans.
    Action continues Satur-day afternoon with a jamboree against Corinth as teams from across north Mississippi scrimmage in  the weekend event at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the Ole Miss campus. The Blue Devils will take the field at 6 p.m.
    The regular season kicks off the following Friday, August 22, and the Blue Devils will put their four-year, opening game win streak on the line when New Albany comes to town. Last year was the first for the series, and Water Valley went on the road and thrashed the larger 4A school with a big 38-13 victory.
    On August 29, the Blue Devils will head south to face the Coffeeville Pirates in the anticipated Railroad Classic. The Water Valley Main Street will sponsor the first of two downtown pep rallies on August 28, a day before the Railroad Classic.
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    New to the Herald’s sports coverage this year is Jacob Pryor, who will report from the gridiron each week as the Blue Devils face familiar foes during the 11-game regular season. Pryor is a former Blue Devil who played from 1996 – 1999 and lives in Water Valley.
    Pryor is in his 7th year as an English  and theater teacher at Charleston High School. He graduated from Water Valley High School in 1999, attended Northwest Mississippi Community College from 1999-2001, before graduating from Delta State in 2003. He received a master’s degree in 2013. Pryor and his wife, Joanna, have three kids, Gabe, Parker and Katie Cole.
    Pryor is excited about returning to the Bobby Clark  Field, this time as a reporter.
    “Blue Devil football taught me inspiration, motivation, and determination, but most of all, it transformed me and those who played it into men!”
 Pryor reported.
    Husband-wife team Mark and Claudia Anthony will continue to capture great sports shots at the games, entering their eighth year in this role.

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