High school season kicks off tonight
by Johnathan Bentley
Aug 25, 2011 | 3799 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker head coach John Holladay.
Walker head coach John Holladay.
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Pete Bush and Martin Glover are on the sidelines for tonight's annual Dora-Cordova football game.

They are just on opposite sidelines this time around.

Last season Bush and Glover matched wits as head coaches at Cordova's Hudson Kirby Field.

Now each is on the opposing sideline as an assistant.

Bush, the former Cordova head coach, is now on Dora head coach Dusty Goode's staff while Glover, the former Dora head coach, is on Woody Smothers' staff at Cordova.

Tonight's contest kicks off at 7 p.m. from Dora's Horace Roberts Field. The game is the first in the head coaching ranks for both Goode and Smothers.

Both teams look markedly different in this year's meeting. All-State mainstays Jake Howton, Maleki Harris and Tommy Johnson are gone at Cordova.

The Blue Devils have added Curry transfer Nathan Humphries in the backfield and will have the duo of Derrick Simon and Jamaal Cooper at quarterback.

While Cordova lost a lot of its proven talent from last season, Dora has added an All-

State running back in the form of running back Cody Staten.

The senior, who picked up nearly 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, is now expected to start in the Dora backfield after transferring from Cordova.

Staten tallied more than 100 yards in each of the Blue Devils' last 11 games last year. Dora was the only team to hold Staten under 100 yards.

Cordova hopes to accomplish the same feat tonight.

The Blue Devils have won the last four meetings in the series, including a narrow 13-7 overtime decision last year.

Cordova stuffed Dora on a fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line to preserve the win.

The Blue Devils are enjoying their longest winning streak against Dora since winning five in a row from 1987-1991.

Cordova leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1925, 46-39-2.

There are a total of four area games on the schedule tonight.

Walker, ranked No. 8 in Class 5A, opens the season against Northridge at Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.

The game starts a rigorous five-game stretch to open the season. Walker plays five straight playoff teams in first five weeks.

Like Cordova, Walker lost plenty of firepower from last year's 10-2 team.

Leading rusher Brandon Douglas and versatile athlete Max Young are gone as are the 39 total touchdowns the duo scored last year.

On offense, Walker will rely on plenty of new faces. The Vikings lost their top six receivers and will count on seniors Nic Woodley and Deshuan Kendrick to pick up the slack.

The top returning player on offense is quarterback Carson Roberts, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.

Walker's defense will be led by seniors Machenzie Williams, Michael Mauldin and Jonathan Piteo.

Northridge, which opened in 2003, enjoyed its best season in 2010, going 7-4 and reaching the playoffs.

The Jaguars will be without 6A Back of the Year Vinnie Sunseri, who is now at the University of Alabama.

Walker won last year's meeting 28-7

Both Winston County and Meek are in action tonight as well.

Winston County hosts rival Addison while Meek travels to Tharptown.

Four games are on the docket Friday: Talladega County Central at Parrish, Oakman at Cleveland, Sumiton Christian at Falkville and Lynn at Shoals Christian.

Carbon Hill plays at Curry on Saturday.