Boland, who returned to the Eagles with a bang last week after rehabbing from a serious knee injury, had touchdown scores of 47, 46 and 43 yards before he was forced to leave late in the third quarter after sustaining an ankle injury.
After Boland departed with 164 yards and three scores on eight carries, Vinemont’s defense did the rest to secure the win and remain perfect on the young season.
Early in the fourth quarter, Cordova (0-3, 0-2 Class 3A, Region 7) was knocking on the door of reclaiming the lead and putting pressure on Vinemont’s offense minus Boland.
Cordova used eight plays to drive 71 yards, getting to the 1-yard line after a 20-yard pass from Cordova QB Chase Trotter to receiver Taj Woods. Vinemont’s defense then buckled down. The Eagles stopped Cordova’s Cade Adkins on two plays up the middle, stopped Charles Woods on third down and stuffed Kenderra Taylor on fourth down to regain possession.
Cordova never threatened inside the red zone again.
“The bottom line is when you get down to the 1-yard line you’ve got to find a way to win. We’re a young team, and we haven’t found that yet,” said Cordova first-year coach Jimmy Gay. “You’ve got to give credit to Vinemont, but we had opportunities to make plays and didn’t make them.”
Despite the loss, Trotter had a career night. Cordova’s junior quarterback was 20 of 31 for 294 and two touchdowns. Skylar Thomas had four receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Devils, Taj Woods added 57 yards receiving, Hunter Sharitt had 51, Charles Woods contributed 42 and Taylor had a 26-yard touchdown reception.
Cordova got on the scoreboard during its first possession, capping an 8-play, 80-yard drive with Trotter connecting with Taylor on the 26-yard scoring strike. Taylor Trotter’s extra point made it 7-0 with 7:44 remaining in the first.
Vinemont answered minutes later on Boland’s first touchdown run, a 47-yarder. The Eagles needed three plays on their next possession before Boland scampered around right end for a 46-yard TD for a 13-7 lead. Boland struck again on Vinemont’s opening possession of the second half, using a 43-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 19-7.
Cordova responded with a quick score of its own. Four plays into the Blue Devils’ drive, Trotter hit a streaking Thomas for a 63-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion cut the deficit to 19-15.
Cordova will host Winfield next week, seeking its first win under Gay.