Cordova earns bragging rights over Parrish
by Patrick Gregory
Sep 24, 2011 | 2598 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova coach Woody Smothers, right, talks to Derrick Simon during the Blue Devils' win over Parrish Friday night. Cordova won 16-15. Photo by: Jason Clark
Cordova coach Woody Smothers, right, talks to Derrick Simon during the Blue Devils' win over Parrish Friday night. Cordova won 16-15. Photo by: Jason Clark
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CORDOVA — Friday night was a perfect setup for a perfect ball game at Hudson-Kirby Field between the Cordova Blue Devils and the Parrish Tornadoes. By the end of the night it was Cordova that pulled out a 16-15 victory over the Tornadoes.

The Blue Devils and Tornadoes were both dominant on the ground. The Blue Devils racked up 262 yards on 34 carries while Parrish finished with 223 yards on 38 carries.

Nathan Humphries and Nathan Alexander led the way for the Blue Devils on the ground.

Humphries finished the night with 123 yards on 17 carries and a score while Alexander added 119 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.

“The game was hard fought on both sides. Parrish’s kids were tired and some of them were hurting. Our kids were tired and some of them were hurting. It was like a heavyweight fight,” first-year Cordova coach Woody Smothers said after the win.

“The kids are starting to believe in themselves. They are beaming with pride. It’s hard when you are starting out under a new coach. We are growing up every week and getting better every week.”

The Tornadoes (2-3, 1-2) were led on the ground by Austin Crowe. He finished the night with 24 carries for 162 yards.

Reginald Harris finished with 29 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. He also added an 85-yard kick-off return for a score to open the second half.

Parrish was the first to get on the scoreboard with 5:38 left until halftime. Harris took the ball in from 3 yards out for the score.

The extra point was good and Parrish led 7-0. But it didn’t take long for the Blue Devils to answer with a score of their own. With 4:39 left until halftime, Nathan Alexander took the hand-off on a third-down play and rumbled off the right side for 62 yards and the touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and the Blue Devils led 8-7 and it would stand at halftime.

Parrish answered quickly to open up the second half. Reginald Harris took the opening kickoff and raced 85 yards untouched for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked and the Tornadoes led 13-8.

Humphries tacked on their final points of the night with a three-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good.

The Tornadoes got one final crack at a score late in the game, but Derrick Simon intercepted a Jeremy Piper pass to kill the drive. The Tornadoes added a safety late to end the game.

For Cordova (4-1, 3-0), Simon filled in at quarterback for the Blue Devils. Bryant Thomas missed the game due to a concussion.

Cordova is a home next week in a key region contest with Hanceville.

Parrish is at home against Marion County.