FLORENCE — Despite a season filled with struggles, Cordova made it to the first round of the Class 4A AHSAA playoffs.
FLORENCE — Despite a season filled with struggles, Cordova made it to the first round of the Class 4A AHSAA playoffs. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, their 2017 campaign ended in a lopsided 35-8 loss on the road against the Wilson Warriors in Florence Friday night.
The Devils never had any momentum from the start.
In the end, Cordova only gained 79 yards rushing with an additional 79 yards passing. Wilson’s quarterback, Tucker Brown, rushed for 124 yards alone. His Warriors amassed 383 total yards against Cordova’s struggling defense.
Cordova won the toss and elected to receive the ball. However they quickly went three-and-out, and two negative plays put them in a third and long.
Wilson (10-1) came out passing as Brown completed four consecutive passes including one for 14 yards and another to Colby Scott for 34 yards. Six plays later Brown punched it in from a yard out to go up 7-0.
The Blue Devils had the ball to start the second quarter at their own 30-yard line. A pass interference call against the Warriors put Cordova near midfield. A 14-yard run by Kolbi Fuqua gave his offense another first down. However, it was promptly followed up by negative yardage plays and Cordova was forced to punt again.
The last eight minutes of the second quarter were completely dominated by Wilson. An 11-play, 8-minute drive ended with the Warrior’s Nick Phillips running in an 11-yard score to go up 14-0.
Cordova’s Demetrius Kirk came out passing on the next drive, throwing an 18-yard completion to Fuqua. However, his next attempt was intercepted by Mark Moates and returned 26 yards to the 1-yard line. One play later, Brown ran in for his second score of the night to go up 21-0 as the first half expired.
In addition to his 124 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, Brown went 9 for 11 through the air for 156 yards. His running consistently kept drives alive for the Warriors.
The Warriors had the ball to start the second half and after three short gains on the ground for a first down, Brown connected with Scott for a 42-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 28-0 lead.
Wilson would score once more in the third quarter. With less than a minute to go, Brown rushed in for his third score of the night for a 35-0 margin.
As the fourth quarter began, Justin Wallace had a break away run down the left sideline for a 32-yard gain for Cordova (4-7).
Five plays later Fuqua completed a 19-yard pass to Aiden Gay down to the 1-yard line. Fuqua ran in for Cordova’s lone touchdown of the night. He also ran in the two-point conversion for the final score of 35-8.
As the Blue Devils look ahead to 2018, there are some big name seniors exiting the program, including quarterback Demetrius Kirk, running back Javion Hill, and playmaker Kolbi Fuqua who is SEC bound as a 2018 commit to the Auburn Tigers.
Cordova will look to the growth of this year’s young team to lead them into next season.
Wilson plays a second-round game at Cherokee County next week.