Devil dominance

Cordova tops No. 4 Oakman on late touchdown

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/29/17

OAKMAN — Cordova came into a packed H.D. Collins Field Friday night and snapped Oakman’s four-game winning streak with a 20-15 victory.

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Devil dominance

Cordova tops No. 4 Oakman on late touchdown

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OAKMAN — Cordova came into a packed H.D. Collins Field Friday night and snapped Oakman’s four-game winning streak with a 20-15 victory.

Demetrius Kirk put on a stellar showing, going 7 of 9 passing for 147 yards and running for an additional 154 yards and a touchdown. His only blemish was an interception midway through the fourth quarter.

“We had time to throw it. He put himself in that position,” Cordova head coach Jimmy Gay said. Despite consistent pressure on Kirk most of the night, Gay feels his team did a good job protecting their quarterback. “Protection was great, our routes downfield, we’ve got to do a better job coaching.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Oakman took over at its own 30-yard line. The Wildcats marched downfield on a seven minute, 53 second drive that was capped off by a four-yard touchdown run by Malcolm Hogue. The extra point was good, giving Oakman a 7-0 lead.

Knowing the ‘Cats would get the ball to start the second half, Cordova took over with less than four minutes remaining. A 24-yard run by Javion Hill put the Blue Devils in the redzone. Cordova faced 2nd and goal from the 19-yard line following a holding penalty when Kolbi Fuqua caught a 17-yard pass.

Fuqua ran it in on the next play. The two-point conversion failed, however, leaving the score 7-6 at halftime.

Fuqua scored twice Friday night, both on the ground as he rushed for 23 yards. The Auburn Tiger commit also caught four passes for 89 yards and recovered a fumble near the endzone on Oakman’s opening drive of the second half.

After starting at their own 32-yard line, the Wildcats’ Nick Moody caught a 37-yard pass from Jon Avery and was stopped short at the one.

Oakman put the ball on the ground on the very next play, giving Cordova possession.

The Devils would not waste the opportunity. Fuqua caught a 52-yard pass from Kirk to get into Wildcat territory. Kirk then ran 32 yards inside the 10-yard line. Two plays later, Kirk ran again, this time into the endzone from five yards out. Fuqua ran in the two-point conversion to go up 14-7 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.

After forcing Oakman to punt, Cordova had possession in Oakman territory to start the fourth quarter. A personal foul put the Devils in the hole at their own 23-yard mark. Kirk targeted Fuqua again, but the pass was underthrown and JonDawson Tittle snatched it out of the air for the Wildcats. Nine plays later Oakman retook the lead when Avery ran in from two yards out. Hogue put up the two-point conversion for a 15-14 lead with 7:40 left in the game.

Cordova’s defense struggled to slow down Avery throughout the night. He rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown. But it was through the air where he was most effective, going 15 of 22 for 195 yards.

Coach Gay realizes there is still come work on the defensive side of the ball, but is please with the progress his team has made as the season progresses. “The more games we play, we get a little bit better each week. We gave up several third and long and big runs because we just hesitated. We didn’t get the job done.”

Following the go-ahead touchdown, Oakman attempted an onside kick but failed to recover. Cordova took over at their own 44-yard line. Following a personal foul penalty against the Devils, they face first and long from their own 37. Kirk was able to create time, avoiding four tackles in the backfield before finding James Woods for a 32-yard completion. Seven plays later, Fuqua ran in his second score of the night to go up 20-15.

With less than four minutes remaining in the game, Oakman came out passing. The Wildcats were able to get into the redzone, threatening to retake the lead. But on fourth down at the Cordova 16-yard line, Avery’s pass fell incomplete.

Cordova took a knee, and with it their third straight victory following three losses to start the season.

“Was this not a great high school environment?” Coach Gay excitedly asked following the game. “You come into a place like this, you play a great football team that’s well coached and you are able to pull one off on the road like this — I’m just proud of our kids for not giving up.”

The Blue Devils return home next Friday as Dora comes to town.

Oakman only has two home games remaining this regular season, including next week against Gordo.