To be honest it was extremely close between Gamble and Walnut running back/defensive back Wesley Cox, who had a standout game in Walnut’s 47-12 home win over Byers. But Gamble, the starting junior quarterback for Booneville, was simply masterful under sudden and difficult circumstances for the Blue Devils.
A week earlier in a shocking 21-14 home loss to Baldwyn, Booneville lost starting tailback William Jackson and center/middle linebacker Hunter Bullard to season-ending injuries in that same contest.
When the Blue Devils traveled to face a good Nettleton squad last Friday there was some uncertainty due to the injury setbacks to two key players as to whether Booneville could get the job done.
The ‘Devils dominated the game and won in a route thanks in large part to Gamble’s efforts.
The heady quarterback/defensive back rushed 13 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns while completing 10-16 thru the air for another 100 yards and two more scores totalling 238 yards of total offense and four touchdowns responsible for. As a bonus, Gamble added five tackles and did not allow a score covering the Tigers top receiver all night.
“You know adversity struck us early,” said Gamble, “but we came together as a team and God helped us thru it. Losing William and Hunter we started to kind of doubt whether we could do it or not but glory to God we were able to play really well and had some guys step up and take the pressure off me.”
“The win over Nettleton was really big considering we had just lost to Baldwyn the week before and had the injuries. And we have two big ones in a row coming up,” Gamble concluded.
Booneville travels to 5A Saltillo this Friday to face a Tiger team coming off back-to-back losses and looking to prove their mettle before hosting Tishomingo County for homecoming next week.
Congratulations to Dallas Gamble on being named this week’s Daily Corinthian Player of the Week. Don’t forget to email your nominee’s for ‘Player of the Week’ by each Saturday afternoon. Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.