Cordova shut out for second straight week

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/1/18

CORDOVA — Through eight quarters of football, Cordova has yet to score a single point in 2018 after losing at home to Hamilton 32-0 on Friday.

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Cordova shut out for second straight week

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CORDOVA — Through eight quarters of football, Cordova has yet to score a single point in 2018 after losing at home to Hamilton 32-0 on Friday.

It is the first time the Blue Devils have been shutout in the first two games of the season since 1945 when Cordova lost to Walker and Coffee by a combined score of 57-0.

Cordova never got anything going on offense, netting only 57 total yards on the night. Aiden Gay led all offensive production with 68 yards on the ground in the first half before not playing after halftime. Seven times the Blue Devils were faced with third down and failed to convert each time.

The Aggies offense put up 318 yards on the ground with an additional 143 passing. Cordova’s defense pressured quarterback James Brown throughout the night, forcing Hamilton to third down on seven occasions. The Aggies converted five of those attempts. Hamilton failed to convert on fourth down once when Brown overthrew Hogan Gann in the endzone midway through the first quarter. Cordova went three-and-out on its first two possessions to start the game. Punting on 4th and 28 from their own 3-yard line, Gann returned the Blue Devil kick all the way down to Cordova’s 25-yard line. With great field position to start the drive, Hamilton only needed five plays for Brown to find Samuel Harris in the endzone for a 4-yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead.

Brown went 9-of-17 passing for 138 yards and the lone score on the night with an additional 29 yards on the ground. Jathan Johnson led the Aggie rushing attack with 103 yards and two touchdowns, the first of which was a 23-yard run to put Hamilton up 14-0 with just 5:11 left in the first half.

Hamilton received the ball to start the second half, Tayten Lann ran 43 yards to the Blue Devil 7-yard line. Justin Wallace chased him down from behind, saving the touchdown. But two plays later Jackson scored his second of the night from 2 yards out to go up 20-0.

Two completions by Brown for a combined 38 yards set up Hamilton in the redzone. Gabriel Anglin then ran in for a 29-yard score to pad the lead for the Aggies.

With the lead well in-hand, backup quarterback for Hamilton, John McCracken, ran in for a 7-yard score to go up 32-0.

With seconds left on the clock in the game, Cordova fumbled the ball allowing Hamilton to take a knee and the win.

Cordova hopes to end its losing streak when the Blue Devils open up region play on the road next week against undefeated Good Hope, which defeated Priceville 47-14 Friday night.