Cordova extended its playoff streak in 2011.
Now the Blue Devils and second-year coach Woody Smothers look to improve off last year’s 6-5 record in 2012.
At first glance, Cordova’s schedule looks imposing. The Blue Devils open the season with a pair of games against playoff teams from last season (Dora and Hamilton). The Bulldogs — the only team on Cordova’s schedule that won a playoff game last year — and the Aggies combined to go 17-6 last year with Cordova losing to the two teams by a total of 56 points.
Cordova will open the season at home against Dora and head coach Johnny Wright, who is back at the helm of the Bulldogs after guiding the team from 2001-06.
Wright has never lost to Cordova, going 6-0 in his previous stint at Dora.
The Blue Devils have also struggled against Hamilton with an all-time record of 0-6 against the Aggies.
The first two games will both be at Cordova’s Hudson/Kirby Stadium.
While the schedule starts off tough, the road changes considerably over the next six weeks.
After the Hamilton game in Week 2, Cordova follows with six teams that finished 2011 with a combined record of 14-45: Vinemont (2-7), Winfield (5-5), Parrish (4-6), Winston County (0-10), Danville (2-8) and Good Hope (1-9).
Danville and Good Hope are new additions to the Blue Devils’ schedule in 3A, Region 7.
Carbon Hill and Holly Pond are not on this year’s schedule.
Cordova, which has made the playoffs seven years in a row, plays four road games during a five-week span beginning in Week 3 at Vinemont. The Blue Devils travel to Winfield in Week 4. Cordova has dominated the series of late, winning three in a row and eight of the last nine against the Pirates.
The Blue Devils have won five straight against Walker County rival Parrish, the Week 5 opponent. It’s Cordova’s longest winning streak in the series since taking 10 straight from 1961 to 1970.
Cordova’s Week 7 matchup with Danville marks the first meeting between the teams on the football field.
Good Hope makes the trip to Cordova in Week 8. The Raiders have won two games over the last two years, beating Holly Pond both times. Cordova is 0-2 all time against Good Hope.
After hosting Good Hope, the Blue Devils close the regular season with two more playoff teams (Hanceville and Curry).
Hanceville was perfect in the regular season last year before an upset loss to Elkmont in the first round of the playoffs ended the Bulldogs’ season. Hanceville hasn’t won a playoff game since 1995. All four playoff teams from 3A, Region 5 (Hanceville, Hamilton, Cordova and Holly Pond) lost in the first round last year.
Curry broke a long playoff drought in 2011, finishing fourth in the region to earn its first playoff birth since 2002. The Yellow Jackets clinched their playoff spot thanks to a 38-28 win over Cordova in the regular-season finale.
Cordova 2012 schedule
Dora (Thurs. Aug. 30), Hamilton (Sept. 7), at Vinemont (Sept. 14), at Winfield (Sept. 21), at Parrish (Sept. 28), Winston County (Oct. 5), at Danville (Oct. 12), Good Hope (Oct. 19), at Hanceville (Oct. 26) and Curry (Nov. 2).