Cordova tops Danville behind goal-line stand
by Buddy Sparkman
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Cordova’s Kenderra Taylor looks to run against Danville on Friday. Taylor rushed for 131 yards in the Blue Devils’ narrow 28-22 victory. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Cordova’s Kenderra Taylor looks to run against Danville on Friday. Taylor rushed for 131 yards in the Blue Devils’ narrow 28-22 victory. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
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CORDOVA — Danville got as close as the 2-yard line with the game on the line Friday night.

Cordova’s defense put together a goal-line stand as the Blue Devils pulled out a narrow 28-22 victory on homecoming at Hudson Kirby Field.

Cordova won the toss and took the opening kickoff and drove the ball 76 yards on a 14-play, nine-minute drive for the touchdown as Garrett Woods scored on a 4-yard run for a 7-0 lead.

The Hawks took exactly 13 seconds to answer as Dallas McAbee split the middle of the Cordova defense on the Hawks’ first play and sprinted 69 yards for the touchdown to cut the gap to 7-6.

Cordova's next possession stalled after a third-down penalty, and a bad snap sailed over the head of punter Jeffrey Wingo on fourth down, giving the Hawks the safety and an 8-7 lead.

On the ensuing possession Cordova was again driving at the Hawks 23, when an errant toss sweep was fumbled for a loss of 30 yards, giving Danville a first and ten at the Blue Devil 47.

It took the Hawks 7 plays to reach pay dirt as McAbee scored his second touchdown of the game as he rumbled 31 yards. Noah Hogan converted the PAT to give Danville a 15-7 lead heading to the locker room.

McAbee had 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns at halftime.

The second half proved much better for the Blue Devil defense as Cordova held Danville to three straight three-and-outs to start the half.

Cordova (2-5, 1-4) got even on its second possession of the half with a 55-yard drive in two plays as Garrett Woods outraced the defense for a 16-yard score. Logan Shumate hit Skylar Thomas for the 2 point conversion to knot the game at 15-15.

After a Hawks punt on its next set of downs, Cordova went on a 6 play, 49 yard drive, as Kenderra Taylor got loose on a 40-yard run to the end zone. Hunter Sharritt added the PAT and the Blue Devils led 22-15 with 8:05 left in the game.

Danville (0-7, 0-5) took the ensuing kickoff and marched 63 yards in 5 plays. Colton McCay hit Slater Robinson down the seam as he split the defense and raced 39 yards for a touchdown. Hogan again converted, leaving the score tied at 22-22.

Cordova got the ball back at its own 37-yard line and went 63 yards in four plays as Woods scored his third touchdown of the night on a 45-yard run, putting the Devils up 28-22.

The final Hawks drive made it to the Blue Devils 2-yard line, but Cordova stood firm and broke up a fourth down pass at the goal line as time expired

“I'm so proud of our kids. We played through injuries, but we never gave up. We really feel like we are headed in the right direction,” Cordova coach Jimmy Gay.

For Cordova, Taylor finished with 131 yards on 15 carries while Woods had 120 yards rushing.