Cordova edges Oakman for 1st win of the season

Turnovers prove to be the difference for Blue Devils

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 9/27/19

OAKMAN — The Cordova Blue Devils gave head coach Justin Jones his first victory at the helm of the program courtesy of a 21-14 win over the Oakman Wildcats at Hosea Collins Field in Oakman.

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Cordova edges Oakman for 1st win of the season

Turnovers prove to be the difference for Blue Devils

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OAKMAN — The Cordova Blue Devils gave head coach Justin Jones his first victory at the helm of the program courtesy of a 21-14 win over the Oakman Wildcats at Hosea Collins Field in Oakman.

Oakman held the edge in total yards, 302-262, but suffered two costly turnovers that ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in the win for Cordova.

Justin Wallace led the Blue Devils with 141 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown, while Kason Smith was 8 for 14 for 107 yards with a touchdown.

Oakman’s Christian Hubbard had 221 total yards and two touchdowns on the night, rushing for 144 yards on 30 carries with a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass of 66 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards. Malachi Bridges added 134 all-purpose yards, connecting on 7 of 15 passes for 82 yards, while rushing for 56 yards on 10 carries.

“It was not really just tonight, it was a product of the last five weeks. We’ve slowly built confidence and figured out who we were, who needed to be where and many other questions we needed to answer and tonight, it just kind of happened. Our defense stepped up when they needed to and our offense made big plays. It was a great team win. Our coaches have done an excellent job with our players week-in and week-out,” Jones said.

“For the past two weeks, we’ve looked to our offensive line, the group with the most seniors, to lead the way and they done the job. Even against Northside, they couldn’t stop us, this week, the offensive line led the way and the defense stepped-in and stepped up.”

The Blue Devils scored on the first drive of the game, covering 59 yards on six plays, ending with a 15-yard touchdown run by Wallace. Eli Quinch-Escobar kicked the extra point to put Cordova on top, 7-0.

Oakman responded in the second quarter with a 66-yard halfback pass from Christian Hubbard to Derek Hubbard for the score. Bridges’ extra point kick tied the game at 7-7.

Cordova regained control before halftime following an eight-play, 66-yard drive, with Smith connecting with Adam O’Rear on a 33-yard touchdown strike. Quinch-Escobar’s extra point gave the Blue Devils a 14-7 advantage at the break.

A mis-handled snap by Oakman in the third quarter led to a 54-yard fumble return by Cordova’s Jordan Perrin for a touchdown, giving the Blue Devils a 21-7 lead after Quinch-Escobar’s extra point.

Later in the third quarter, the Wildcats scored on a 10-play, 70-yard drive, with Christian Hubbard taking the ball in from five yards-out.

Bridges kicked the extra point to pull Oakman within seven, 21-14.

With less than two minutes left in regulation and Oakman driving, Cordova’s Gavin Yerby intercepted a Bridges’ pass to preserve the 21-14 win.

The Blue Devils (1-6, 0-3) return to Class 4A, Region 5 play following a bye week when they host the Curry Yellow Jackets.

Oakman (3-2, 2-1) returns to Class 3A, Region 4 play next week, hosting the Winfield Pirates.