Cordova, Fuqua rout Haleyville for first win

Fuqua scores pair of special teams TDs

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 9/15/17

CORDOVA — Cordova is back — and just in time.

The Blue Devils poured on the offense and forced four turnovers in a dominating 38-23 region victory over Haleyville at Hudson-Kirby Field Friday.

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Cordova, Fuqua rout Haleyville for first win

Fuqua scores pair of special teams TDs

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CORDOVA — Cordova is back — and just in time.

The Blue Devils poured on the offense and forced four turnovers in a dominating 38-23 region victory over Haleyville at Hudson-Kirby Field Friday.

With the win, Cordova bolstered its playoff hopes.

Kolbi Fuqua set the tone on the opening kickoff, blazing 92 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Cordova never trailed in the game. Fuqua was all over the field against the Lions. He blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown, recorded three sacks and recovered a fumble that led to another Cordova score.

Cordova led 16-15 after the first quarter and scored the next 22 points before finally allowing a Haleyville touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Cordova, which scored just 24 points in its first three games, had 32 points by the half on Friday night.

“We’re a young team and we’ve have had some attitude problems,” Cordova coach Jimmy Gay said. “We concentrated on fundamentals this week. We asked the kids to play like they loved the game. That’s what we haven’t been doing. We’ve been sitting around waiting on someone else to make a play. Obviously, we did a better job tonight. I’m proud of them.”

Cordova had an 8-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game Friday. Javion Hill added the two-point conversion.

Haleyville wasted no time, scoring on its first possession on a Nicholas Whitman 3-yard run, making the score 8-7. Demetrius Kirk broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run at the 5:12 mark of the first quarter. Justin Wallace add the two-point conversion for a 16-7 lead.

Haleyville cut the gap to one point at 16-15 on a 75-yard pass from Charles McAlpine to Calvin Taylor with 4:10 left in the opening quarter.

Cordova did all the scoring in the second quarter. J.J. Mayes scored on a 4-yard run with 8:30 left in the first half. Kirk added the two-point conversion for a 24-15 lead.

With Haleyville facing a punt from its own 19 yard-line, Fuqua blocked the ball into the end zone where he landed on it for the score and a 32-15 lead.

Neither team scored again until the third quarter.

Mayes added his second touchdown on a 21-yard run for a 38-15 lead.

Haleyville scored the final touchdown with 5:39 left.

Mayes rushed 20 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns while Hill rushed 15 for 89 yards. Fuqua had one catch for 31 yards and one rush for 28 yards.

Kirk was 2 for 3 passing for 53 yards with an interception. He also rushed three times for 53 yards. On defense, he picked off a pair of passes.

“It’s huge for us. We’ve been kicked in the mouth the last three games. We came out tonight and put it on the line. It’s a long season. We weren’t ready to give up after last week. We responded like I wanted us to. They came out and played the game like they loved it. That’s what it’s about,” Gay added.

Cordova (1-3, 1-1) plays at Good Hope next week.