Pleasant Grove hands Cordova 47-6 loss

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/1/17

CORDOVA — After back-to-back losses to open the season, Cordova head coach Jimmy Gay is aware there is still a lot of work ahead if his team is to be competitive when region play opens next week.

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Pleasant Grove hands Cordova 47-6 loss

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CORDOVA — After back-to-back losses to open the season, Cordova head coach Jimmy Gay is aware there is still a lot of work ahead if his team is to be competitive when region play opens next week.

“If we learn how to tackle, I think we'll be okay. We're a young team, but that's still no excuse. Still have to do the fundamentals.”

The Blue Devils dropped their second straight double-digit loss Friday night, falling at home to the Pleasant Grove Spartans 47-6.

After trading punts to start the game, the Spartans struck first on their second possession. Zyquez Perryman connected with Xavier Hill for a 43-yard pass to put Pleasant Grove into Cordova territory. Five plays later Tyler Christopher ran in from 22 yards to go up 7-0. Demetrius Kirk returned the ensuing kickoff 21 yards, putting his offense at near field to start the drive. The Blue Devils ran the ball nine consecutive times, including two designed quarterback runs by Kirk. The first went for 21 yards and the second a seven-yard run wide left to put Cordova on the board. Kirk threw to Sean Sims for the two-point conversion, but the attempt failed. It would be the final time Cordova would see the endzone.

Throughout the first half, Cordova’s defense would hold Pleasant Grove to short gains only to give up a big play.

“We’d shoot ourselves in the foot. We thought we held a few plays good, then we give up the big run. Short yardage, then a big run,” Coach Gay said. The Spartans ran 17 plays of 10 yards or longer, eight of which were 20 yards or more.

Hoping to run the clock out on the first half, Pleasant Grove failed to convert a fourth down attempt, giving Cordova’s offense one shot at the endzone from near midfield. A hail mary throw from Kirk found Kolbi Fuqua, but was tackled immediately after a 31-yard gain leaving the half-time score 20-6.

Cordova’s best two scoring opportunities of the second half ended with turnovers. Early in the fourth quarter, Justin Wallace fumbled the ball away at the Pleasant Grove 13-yard line. The Blue Devils next drive ended when Joe Jones intercepted Kirk's pass at the 36-yard line and ran it back 64 yards for the final score of 47-6.

“We're learning right now, we’re going to be okay. Young team. I thought we did better this week than we did last week. Next week is regional, and that's where we’re going to buckle down and hopefully change course,” Coach Gay said looking ahead.

Cordova travels to Winfield next week to open region play. The Pirates are 1-1 after coming off a 50-18 loss at Hale County.