Cordova’s clicking

Blue Devils shake off 0-3 start with three straight wins

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 10/5/17

CORDOVA — Nothing went Cordova’s way through the first three weeks of the football season.

Every miscue seemed to result in points for the opposition.

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Cordova’s clicking

Blue Devils shake off 0-3 start with three straight wins

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CORDOVA — Nothing went Cordova’s way through the first three weeks of the football season.

Every miscue seemed to result in points for the opposition.

Not only were the Blue Devils 0-3, but they had tallied just four touchdowns, getting outscored 126-24 in losses to Mortimer Jordan, Pleasant Grove and Winfield.

Just when it seemed Cordova had no chance of turning things around, the Blue Devils hit the switch.

Over the last three weeks, Cordova has hit its stride, winning a pair of region games and beating No. 4 Oakman on the road. The Blue Devils now sit at 3-3 heading into a key game against county and region rival Dora tonight at Hudson-Kirby Field.

“I feel like we weren’t ready to play,” Cordova senior quarterback Demetrius Kirk said of the 0-3 start. “We weren’t coming as a team. Since we got that first win, we know what we’ve got to do to win.”

The slow start can be attributed to inexperience. Cordova’s offensive and defensive lines have been a work in progress with first-year starters across the board.

“We were starting a lot of young kids,” Cordova coach Jimmy Gay said. “Demetrius started at quarterback and Kolbi (Fuqua) played on both sides of the ball, but they were the only starters returning. Everybody else — it’s all new to them. The more we play, the better we get.”

The low point of the season came in a 41-12 road loss to Winfield in Week 3. Cordova trailed 35-0 at the half. Kirk and Auburn commitment Fuqua played sparingly in the game.

Cordova’s first win came in a dominating 38-23 win over Haleyville. Fuqua started the game by returning the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Later in the game, he blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.

“Even when we were 0-3, I always knew deep down we would turn it around,” Fuqua said. “I knew we were going to start off slow this year because we came in young, We’ve had a lot of effort in our last three games. We keep coming together and we’ve been building every week.”

The Devils followed with a 26-14 road victory at Good Hope before knocking off Oakman 20-15 last week.

Kirk has done his part in the turnaround. Against Oakman, he gained more than 300 yards of offense and threw a touchdown pass.

“I feel like I’ve played better. If I come ready to play, I feel like everybody else will come out ready to play,” Kirk added. “I think we have proved a lot of people wrong.”

Senior lineman Nate Simon has noticed a change over the last few weeks.

“The whole offensive line, this is their first year starting. I knew we were a good team, but people were slacking off those first three weeks. The fourth week it finally clicked. We have a different mindset,” Simon added.

Gay and his players are expecting a battle tonight against Dora.

“They have athletes. We’re going to have to do the fundamentals — block, tackle and give a great effort.” Gay said. “Dora is doing a lot better than they have in the past. I’m expecting a big crowd.”

“They’ve got good running backs and a good defense too,” Kirk said. “We’ve got to come out ready for a war.”