Blue Devils Drop First Division Game
By Mack Gordon
WATER VALLEY- The Water Valley Blue Devils hosted the Charleston Tigers last Friday night in the season’s division opener. Both teams were coming into the contest off of losses, Water Valley defeated 54-19 by Winona and Charleston defeated 34-21 by Lafayette. The Tigers are the defending Region 2-3A champs. Charleston dominated on both sides of the ball all night long, leading to a 51-6 victory over the Blue Devils.
Charleston (5-2, 1-0 Region 2-3A) used three rushing touchdowns to take an 18-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Two of the three first quarter rushing touchdowns by Charleston were 50-plus yards long. The Tigers added three rushing touchdowns and a fumble return for a touchdown to score 26 points in the second quarter, extending their lead to 44-0 heading into halftime.
The second half would go by rather quickly with a running clock. The Tigers added to their lead with one touchdown in the third quarter to extend their lead to 51-0 heading into the fourth and final quarter. The Blue Devils got on the board with a minute left in the contest when Damicah Hervey scored on a 15 yard touchdown run. The final score would be 51-6.
Following the contest, Coach Brad Embry said, “They are a great team and we are struggling. We knew they were a good team and we tried to stick to the gameplay but there wasn’t much we could do. We are going to watch the film and get back to work next week.”
Coach Embry also praised the dedicated Blue Devil fans who consistently stick by their team in the ups and downs a program faces.
“The support from our fans is huge, especially during a tough season. I can’t say enough about their dedication,” Embry told the Herald.
With the loss the Blue Devils fell to (1-6) on the season and (0-1) in division play.
The Blue Devils travel to Independence this Friday night, to take on the Wildcats in the second division game of the year. Former Blue Devils assistant coach Richard Russo is the head coach for the Wildcats. The Blue Devils have four division games remaining on the season.