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Blue Devils looking for resilience to pay off

Booneville faced several obstacles last season.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 6:39 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2019 6:52 PM

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Booneville High School's football team lost players like Dallas Gamble and Reed Davis to graduation, but the Blue Devils are used to overcoming obstacles.

Booneville was undefeated last year before losing quarterback John Daniel Deaton to a back injury. Head coach Mike Mattox also missed several games while battling pneumonia.

"It shows that no one person is more important than anyone else," Mattox said. "I always tell the kids, 'if I'm here, we're gonna have football at Booneville High School, if I'm not here, we'll still have football at Booneville High School.' The kids took that to heart."

"It says we can pull through whatever, work together, do what we've gotta do, get better," said running back and safety Davian Price.

Booneville won its division last season and lost in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs to eventual state champion Water Valley.

The Blue Devils open at Mooreville on Aug. 23.

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