New look for Cordova football

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 5/3/19

CORDOVA — There is excitement at Hudson-Kirby Field these days.

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New look for Cordova football


CORDOVA — There is excitement at Hudson-Kirby Field these days.

One big reason is new Cordova High School head football coach Justin Jones, who brings non-stop energy to the more than 60 varsity players currently going through spring practice.

Jones is getting the Blue Devils ready for a spring game set for 3 p.m., on May 18 vs. W.S. Neal at the Troy University football field.

“We’re learning how to practice — that’s first and foremost,” Jones said after Thursday’s session. “The good thing is that they are excited to be out here.

“We are learning how things are supposed to be run. Hopefully, next week, since we know how practice goes, we will hone in on the little things — making the right reads, making the right blocks, checking to the right coverages, making the right stunts, reading the right linebackers, hitting like you are supposed to hit. That should be next week’s progression.”

The Blue Devils are coming off a 1-9 record in 2018 — the worst season at the school in 20 years. Cordova closed the season with less than 25 varsity players. Jones has seen an immediate boost in participation.

Jones spent the last five years as the head coach at New Brockton High School where he led the Gamecocks to the playoffs each season.

He said his team at Cordova has progressed well despite wholesale changes in philosophy.

“The energy has been good and the effort is getting better. For them to have a totally different offense and a totally different defense and to do what they’ve done in the span of three or four days is pretty exciting,” Jones said.