Water Valley dominates Bruce for third straight win

Published 11:01 pm Friday, September 8, 2017

WATER VALLEY – Water Valley’s winning ways continued on Friday night.

They kept their hot start going against the Bruce Trojans, winning by 40 points for the third week in a row with a 46-6 score at Bobby Clark Field.

The Blue Devils (3-1) started off the game strong and head coach Brad Embry said he felt the intensity early in the week.

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“They were ready to play after practice Tuesday,” Embry said.  “You just have to make sure you are getting better and focused Wednesday and Thursday. Definitely a positive they were ready to play that early.”

Trenderrious Brock helped put together an impressive opening drive, covering 70 yards on four carries, also scoring from 13 yards out to close the drive.

The next possession Jayvon Morgan and Ty Varner connected for a 65-yard pass that would set up a Martavius Rockett 13-yard touchdown. With a two score lead, the Blue Devils offense found their rhythm and were not going to be easily stopped.

Minutes later, Water Valley would gain possession on a Bruce turnover on downs, and immediately capitalized on the short field. This time Tay Rucker broke free from multiple defenders and was dragged down on the goal line. Rucker would punch it in from one yard out to finish the drive, giving the Blue Devils a commanding lead.

The scoring continued throughout the second quarter and the Blue Devil defense would force an interception, thanks in part to safety, Jacob Truss.

Truss established himself as a defensive threat and helped set up the Blue Devils for their most impressive offensive feat this season: two touchdowns on two plays. The first a 37-yard run from Brock, and the second a 29-yard pass to Rockett.

Water Valley was up 33 with only a few minutes left in the half, and tough defense gave the Blue Devil offense great field position once again. Brock scored his third touchdown of the night from three yards out, giving Water Valley a hefty 40 point lead heading into halftime.

With a running clock throughout most of the second half, Water Valley managed to focus their attention on their bench. Holding a big lead, Coach Embry increased his defensive rotation and got most of his players time on the field.

“The defense has been playing well, we just need to stay healthy and develop some depth,” Embry said. “It’s a long season and we have to take it a day at a time.”

With the win, the Blue Devils have already eclipsed their season win total from 2016.  Concluding their home stand against Bruce, Water Valley will travel to Calhoun City next week to take on the 2-2 Wildcats.