By Mack Gordon
EUPORA- Despite a late rally by the Blue Devils, and some outstanding defensive plays from Defensive Coordinator Jeff Roberts’ defense, Water Valley (0-1) was defeated 13-7 by Eupora (1-0) last Friday night in the first game of the 2017 campaign.
After a disappointing season in 2016, 10th year Head Coach Brad Embry is optimistic that his team can return to their winning ways this season.
“I couldn’t have been more proud of them unless the score was flipped 13-7, because I saw a lot of guys out there battling through adversity and that’s a sign of improvement,” Coach Brad Embry on his team’s relentless performance in the season opener.
The first half saw both offenses struggle to have success to effectively move the ball, but the Eagles (1-) were able to put together two touchdown drives to take a 13-0 lead to the half.
The first touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Eupora quarterback Tanner Knight to Al Dumas, the touchdown connection occurred on 4th down and 11. Following the extra point from Tanner Knight, the Eagles held a 7-0 lead with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles struck again with 9:44 left in the second quarter, as Edwin Herard scored on a three-yard rushing touchdown to give Eupora a 13-0 lead. Neither team was able to score again before the end of the half.
The score would remain stuck at 13-0 until early in the 4th quarter. Water Valley was finally able to get on the board, as Blue Devil quarterback connected with Martavius Rockett on a 21-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 13-7 following the Joseph Washington extra point with 9:54 remaining in the contest.
On the possession following the Blue Devils score, the Water Valley defense forced a fumble and recovered the ball at the Eagles’ 36 yard line . Despite the great field position, the Blue Devils were unable to score. Water Valley would have one more opportunity to tie or take the lead and they came up just short, falling by a final score of 13-7.
The Blue Devils will host county rival, the Coffeeville Pirates this Friday night at 7p.m. as they look to retain the Railroad Rivalry Trophy.