Blue Devils look to bounce back

Posted 6/13/18

Coming off its first losing season since 2013, Cordova looks to get back to its winning ways in 2018 under veteran coach Jimmy Gay.The Blue Devils won 32 games from 2015-17, but slumped to 4-7 last …

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Blue Devils look to bounce back

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Coming off its first losing season since 2013, Cordova looks to get back to its winning ways in 2018 under veteran coach Jimmy Gay.

The Blue Devils won 32 games from 2015-17, but slumped to 4-7 last year, losing in the first round of the state playoffs to Wilson.

Injuries and inexperience led to struggles on both sides of the ball. Cordova averaged just 16.5 points a game on offense while giving up 32.7 — the highest total since 1998.

Cordova faces a new-look schedule in 2018, and  more importantly doesn’t have to play Mortimer Jordan, Pleasant Grove and Munford in non-region games.

The Blue Devils move to Class 4A, Region 5 this season along with a few familiar faces — Fayette County, Good Hope, and Haleyville. Other region foes include Curry, Oak Grove and Northside. Cordova plays non-region games against county rivals Dora and Oakman as well as Hamilton and West Point. 

The season opens on Aug. 24 at Dora (9-3 in 2017). The rivals competed in the same region for the past two years with Dora winning last year’s matchup 48-12. Cordova leads the all-time series 49-43-2.

Cordova plays the home opener against Hamilton (3-7) in Week 2. The Aggies and Blue Devils have been region foes since 2010, but Hamilton makes the move to Class 5A in 2018. Cordova rallied past the Aggies 34-28 last season.  The Aggies lead the all-time series 8-5, but Cordova has won the last five meetings.

The Blue Devils play at Good Hope (4-6) to open region play in Week 3. Cordova won last year’s meeting 26-14 and leads the series 5-3. The Red Raiders have suffered through four straight losing seasons.

Cordova plays four straight home games starting in Week 4. Cordova hosts state runner up Fayette County (12-3) in its second region game. The Tigers blanked the Blue Devils 28-0 last year. Fayette County has won the last three meetings and leads the series 5-2.

Northside (9-2) makes the trip to Hudson-Kirby Field in Week 5 for a region match. The teams last played in 2009. The Blue Devils are a perfect 7-0 against the Rams, who are coming off their highest win total in school history. 

Cordova hosts Oakman (8-4) in Week 6. Cordova has won five straight in the series, including a narrow 20-15 victory at Oakman last season. The Devils lead the series 44-15-2.

After an open week, Cordova hosts Curry (4-6) in a region matchup. The Blue Devils last played the Yellow Jackets in 2014-15, winning the games by total score of 105-13. Cordova leads the series 57-17-4.

The Blue Devils hit the road for their last three games. First up is a trip to Oak Grove (3-7) for a region game. The teams haven’t played since 1999. The Tigers lead the series 6-4.

Cordova closes out region play with a game at Haleyville (4-7). The Lions struggled to their worst win total since 2011 last year. Cordova pulled away for a 38-23 home win over Haleyville last season. 

The season concludes with a game at West Point (6-5). The game marks the first meeting between the teams. The Class 5A Warriors, who are in the same region as Jasper, Dora and Corner, have finished 6-5 each of the last three years. 

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2018 Schedule

8/24 — at Dora

8/31 — Hamilton

9/7 — at Good Hope*

9/14 — Fayette County*

9/21 — Northside*

9/28 — Oakman

10/5 — OPEN

10/12 — Curry*

10/18 — at Oak Grove*

10/26 — at Haleyville*

11/2 — at West Point

*denotes region game