Cordova senior Dustin Sanders snatched a pass from the Hawk receiver raced 50 yards for the touchdown that sealed a 26-14 victory for previously winless Cordova.
“It’s a great way to get my first interception,” Sanders said. “I just went over the guy to get the ball and then I got an escort of lead blockers.”
The loss drops Danville to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in Class 3A, Region 7. The Hawks needed the win to stay in the hunt for a fourth seed in the region.
Danville grabbed an early 7-0 lead on a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Morgan to Dallas McAbee, but Cordova controlled the ball for most of the second and third quarters. Two fumbles and a sack on fourth down deep in Hawk territory spoiled three drives.
Andrew Minor had an 18-yard touchdown run and Chase Trotter’s 24-yard scoring toss to Klint Rowe gave Cordova a 12-7 halftime lead.
Cordova stayed deep in Danville territory for most of the second half. The Hawk defense finally gave into the pressure when Charles Woods followed a 23-yard run with a 16-yard scoring burst to push the lead up to 19-7.
The game was not over, Danville returned the short kickoff to midfield. Five plays later, Morgan hit Travis Turrentine with a 30-yard touchdown pass. Brock Garrison hit the extra point and Danville was within five with 5:06.
The Hawks were unsuccessful with an onside kick, but the defense forced a punt. Sanders’ interception then spoiled any comeback ideas.
“That win is a big load off the boys’ backs and the coaches’ backs,” said Cordova coach Woody Smothers. “We’re not used to being 0 and whatever here at Cordova. But our kids kept working, and it’s a big win.”
Cordova (1-6, 1-4) returns home to host Good Hope next week.