Good Hope too much for Blue Devils

Cordova drops region opener 27-14

BY GARY THRASHER, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/7/19

CORDOVA — Tanner Malin threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns and ran 12 yards for another to lead the Good Hope Raiders to a 27-14 win over the Cordova Blue Devils in the region opener for both teams at Hudson-Kerby Field in Cordova Friday night.

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Good Hope too much for Blue Devils

Cordova drops region opener 27-14

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CORDOVA — Tanner Malin threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns and ran 12 yards for another to lead the Good Hope Raiders to a 27-14 win over the Cordova Blue Devils in the region opener for both teams at Hudson-Kerby Field in Cordova Friday night.

The Raiders struck first after the opening Blue Devil drive stalled when Malin hit Maddox for an 87-yard touchdown pass with 8:02 left in the first quarter.

The same combo connected again when Malin found Maddox on play action for a three yard touchdown toss to increase the Good Hope lead to 14-0 with 10:40 remaining in the first half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Cordova went to work, cutting the Raider lead to 14-7 when Kason Smith connected with Mason Robertson on play action for a five-yard touchdown with 5:22 left in the first half.

The Blue Devil scoring drive covered 58 yards in 13 plays. Good Hope answered quickly. The Raiders covered 80 yards in five plays, culminated by a 12-yard touchdown scamper by Malin to put them up 21-7 with 2:43 left to go in the first half.

After recovering a Good Hope fumble early in the second half, Cordova had good field position but failed to capitalize.

The Blue Devils drove to the Good Hope 32 in six plays before the Raider defense stiffened and forced Cordova to turn the ball over on downs.

The Good Hope offense then embarked on a 14-play, 70-yard drive, punctuated by Colton Bagwell's five-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left to play in the 3rd stanza to increase their lead to 27-7.

The Blue Devils answered with an 11-play drive of their own that ended when Kason Smith ran it in from six yards out to cut the Raider lead to 27-14 with 10:20 left in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for both teams.

After the game, Cordova head coach Justin Jones, commented on the Blue Devils’ inability to get off the field on third downs.

“Well, they’ve got a big back, and on third and three you know what’s coming. “We’ve just got to do a better job putting them in position to be successful.”

Cordova (0-3, 0-1) continues region play with a game at Fayette County next week.