Tough early schedule for Cordova
by Johnathan Bentley
Aug 08, 2013 | 3054 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova head football coach Jimmy Gay talks to his team during practice at the school on Thursday. Gay, the former head coach at Parrish High School, led the Tornadoes to the state championship in 2003. The Blue Devils open the 2013 football season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Dora.
Cordova head football coach Jimmy Gay talks to his team during practice at the school on Thursday. Gay, the former head coach at Parrish High School, led the Tornadoes to the state championship in 2003. The Blue Devils open the 2013 football season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Dora.
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Coach Jimmy Gay couldn’t have gotten a tougher draw in his first year as Cordova’s head football coach.

The Blue Devils open 2013 with games against Dora and Hamilton, a pair of playoff powerhouses. If that wasn’t enough, both games are on the road.

In fact, Cordova plays three straight playoff teams to start the season. Dora, Hamilton and Vinemont combined to go 30-6 in 2012.

The good news?

Cordova’s last seven opponents went just 29-43.

Cordova plays three county teams in non-region games — Dora, Parrish and Curry — and the Blue Devils leave the county just three times in the regular season with trips to Hamilton, Winston County and Good Hope.

The season starts on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Dora. The Blue Devils lead the series, which dates to 1925, 47-40-2. The teams have played every year since 1935. Dora has won the last two games in the series handily, winning 45-8 in 2011 and 45-6 last season.

Dora finished 12-2 last season, its highest win total since 2002.

Cordova  plays at Class 3A, Region 7 champion Hamilton in Week 2. The Blue Devils are 0-7 all time against the Aggies, losing 41-13 in last year’s matchup. Hamilton and Oneonta are the only teams who have never lost to Cordova in at least five meetings.

Cordova plays its first of three home games in Week 3 with a matchup against Vinemont. The Eagles finished with eight wins in 2012, their highest win total since 1993. Vinemont won last year’s game 34-14 for its first ever win over the Blue Devils.

Winfield plays at Cordova in Week 4.

The Pirates won just four games last season with one of the wins coming against the Blue Devils, 22-8. Cordova leads the all-time series 16-10.

The Blue Devils host arch rival Parrish in Week 5. Parrish snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-0 win last year at Parrish.

Cordova resumes region play in Week 6 with a short trip to Double Springs. Winston County won last year’s meeting 31-16. leaving Cordova with an 0-6 record.

Cordova hosts Danville in Week 7. The Devils beat the Hawks 26-14 last season for their first win.

The Blue Devils travel to Cullman County to face Good Hope in Week 8. Cordova blanked the Red Raiders 30-0 last year.

Hanceville heads to Cordova in Week 9 for the Blue Devils’ home finale. Hanceville went 7-4 in 2012, beating Cordova 39-22. Cordova plays at Curry in the regular-season finale. Cordova won last year’s game 42-28. 

Gay’s staff this season includes former head coaches David Norwood, Royce Young and Brandon Millican.