Class 3A football: Winfield routs Cordova; Winston County gets first win
by Ricky Taylor
Sep 21, 2013 | 899 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Winfield's defense stymied Cordova Friday night at Hudson-Kirby Stadium, allowing the Pirates to cruise to an easy 34-14 victory.

 Cordova opened the game with a quick 12-yard gain, but the play would be called back due to a motion penalty. What started as a quick gain turned into a quick hole and Cordova kept digging.

 A three and out on that first drive was followed by a time consuming, ball control drive on their next possession. Thats when another mistake cost Cordova points. After converting a fourth down to keep the drive alive as time expired in the first quarter, a high snap was fumbled, causing a huge loss of yards and the forward momentum could not be regained.

Winfield seized the momentum and never looked back. The Pirates next drive was a four-play, 78-yard masterpiece that was capped by a 55 yard touchdown run from Xavier McCollum.

 The Winfield defense then forced a fumble and recovered it on the Blue Devil 28-yard line on the ensuing drive, setting up McCollum for a 5-yard touchdown run and giving the Pirates a 14-0 lead at the half.

Cordova fumbled a punt attempt into the end zone for Winfield’s next score.  The Pirates recovered the ball for a 21-0 lead, effectively putting the game out of reach.

The Pirates added two more touchdowns before it was all over, a 21-yard carry by Xavier Cheney and a one-yard quarterback sneak by Kauffman Dean. Giving Winfield a 34-0 lead in the third quarter.

 The Devils would manage to find the end zone for two late fourth quarter touchdowns, one by Kendara Taylor and the other by Tate Atkins.

Taylor would lead the Blue Devils with 15 carries for 43 yards while Atkins added 32 yards on 6 rushing attempts. Xavier McCollum carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Pirates.

 Cordova falls to 0-4 heading into next weeks matchup with rival Parrish.

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Winston County 51, Danville 37

Winston County earned its first win of the season, outscoring the Danville Hawks 51-37 in a shootout Friday night at Danville.

The Yellow Jackets led 13-0 in the opening quarter, but were down 29-25 at the half. Winston County outscored Danville 26-8 in the second half.

Quarterback Seth Blanton led the Yellow Jackets’ surge over the final two quarters.

Winston County (1-3, 1-2) plays at Carbon Hill in a non-region contest next week.