Munford too strong for Cordova

Blue Devils suffer through first losing regular season since 2013

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 11/3/17

CORDOVA — No. 8 Munford came into Kirby-Hudson Stadium Friday night and quickly put away Cordova in the regular season finale, 43-20.

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Munford too strong for Cordova

Blue Devils suffer through first losing regular season since 2013

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CORDOVA — No. 8 Munford came into Kirby-Hudson Stadium Friday night and quickly put away Cordova in the regular season finale, 43-20.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but then gave up 43 unanswered points through the next two and a half quarters.

Cordova received the ball to start the game, Kolbi Fuqua ran it 30 yards to his own 40-yard line. Fuqua carried the ball six times on the ensuing drive, including a 25-yard run to put the Devils in the redzone. On fourth and 5, Fuqua threw a 10-yard pass to Demetrius Kirk at the goal line to go up 6-0.

Fuqua went 5 of 10 passing for 48 yards and two touchdowns. He also put up 90 yards on the ground.

The Lions' first drive was assisted by a pass interference call against Cordova followed by a long run by Carson Tyree. The Blue Devil defense was able to hold Munford to fourth and goal at the four-yard line. Tanner Reeves' pass attempt was intercepted in the endzone by Justin Wallace. Instead of taking a knee, he inexplicably attempted to run it out where he was stopped at the two-yard line. The mistake led to a safety on the very next play, putting two points on the board for Munford.

From there the flood gates opened for the Lions, who scored three more times in the first quarter alone. All three scored came off of very short drives. The first a two-play, 23-yard scoring drive capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run. The second was a two-play series that saw X'Zavian Britt run left to find no room through the defense. He reversed course to the opposite side of the field and weaved through traffic for a 28-yard score.

The final score of the first quarter was a 19-yard touchdown pass from Reeves to Marshall Clark to put Munford up 21-6.

As time ran out in the first half, Matthew Campbell recovered Javion Hill's fumble and ran back for a 28-yard scoop and score to go up 29-6 at halftime.

The scoring for the Lions continued when with just under four minutes left in the third quarter, Carson Smith ran in for a nine-yard touchdown.

Cordova took over at their own 31 on their next drive. After gaining some decent yardage on the ground, Fuqua's pass was intercepted by Britt and returned 77 yards for another Lions touchdown to go up 43-6 going into the fourth quarter.

The Devils had the ball as the quarter started. A 20-yard pass from Fuqua to Aiden Gay and a 14-yard run by Wallace put Cordova in the redzone. On fourth and 4 from the 10-yard line, Fuqua found Kirk standing in the back of the endzone to cut into Munford's lead, 43-12.

The very next drive, with the Lions' backup quarterback in the game, Ja'lsiam Tuck's pass was batted up in the air into the arms of Jaxson McLemore who ran it back for a 10-yard pick six. Justin Wallace ran in the two-point conversion.

Cordova (4-6) travels to No. 7 Wilson (9-1) for a first-round playoff game next week.