What about four straight?
That’s what the Cordova Blue Devils are after entering the 2010 football season.
While most teams close out their season in November, the Blue Devils are built for December — when the championship games are played.
Third-year Cordova head coach Pete Bush brings back plenty of talent in 2010.
Though Class 3A Back of the Year Ryan Smith is at Auburn, first-team All-State players, Jake Howton and Malik Harris, are back for their senior seasons. Add in 13 seniors and Walker-transfer Cody Staten at running back and Cordova appears primed for a lengthy playoff run. Another Walker transfer, Chris Kilpatrick, who played baseball for the Vikings, is also part of the Cordova football team this season.
Cordova, the No. 2 team in Class 3A, will face Walker in a televised jamboree game on Thursday. The contest kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be aired on My TV 68. It marks the first time since 1962 that the teams have met on the field. The teams played every year from 1937 to 1962 with Walker winning the last 11 games in the series.
Bush said the Blue Devils are preparing for the game — the varsity squads will play a half — like a regular season matchup.
“It doesn’t matter if you are playing marbles or football, you want to win,” Bush said. “We are supposed to play a half. We want to come out and have a good statement against them.”
Bush put 30 players through practice on Friday. Cordova is enjoying its best three-year run in school history, going 39-6 over the last three seasons, including a 20-1 mark in region games. The Blue Devils are also 13-2 in the playoffs over that span. Cordova has been one of the top offensive teams in the state since 2007, averaging 39.0 points a game.
The Blue Devils averaged 33.7 points a game last year, which was second in Class 3A to Hamilton.
Cordova, which lost a 35-28 overtime decision to Piedmont in the championship game in 2009, returns the bulk of its staff this season. Along with Bush, Heath Saint, Ronnie Boggs, Kelsey Tittle and Oscar Glasscock return. The new addition this season is Nathan Powell, who coached at Opelika High School last season. He will coach the secondary at Cordova.
Another change this season is Cordova’s region. The Blue Devils will compete in Class 3A, Region 5 this season, which is a North region. Because Cordova will play in the North there won’t be any long playoff trips this year. Last year Cordova made trips to both Luverne (175 miles) and Straughn (215 miles) in the postseason.
A pair of rivals will rejoin the Cordova schedule this season. The Devils will play at Parrish in Week 5. The teams met every year from 1947 to 2007. Cordova will host Carbon Hill in Week 7. The Devils and Bulldogs played every year from 1942 to 2007 with the exception of 1990-93.