Cordova offense blisters Vinemont
by Braxton Whitlow
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Cordova’s Jake Howton (8) stiff-arms a Vinemont defender during the Blue Devils’ 57-0 victory over the Eagles Friday night. It was Howton’s first game of the season. (Photo by Jason Clark)
Cordova’s Jake Howton (8) stiff-arms a Vinemont defender during the Blue Devils’ 57-0 victory over the Eagles Friday night. It was Howton’s first game of the season. (Photo by Jason Clark)
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CORDOVA — Friday night was just another night at work for the Class 3A, No. 2 ranked Cordova Blue Devils against the Vinemont Eagles.

The Devils trounced their region foe 57-0 to stay undefeated.

Cordova also saw the return of senior Jake Howton after he had to sit the first two weeks due to injury. Howton came back and looked just like his old self at the receiver position. He had 6 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

Cordova (3-0, 2-0) got off to a little bit of a slow start but was able to find its groove close to the end of the first quarter. Junior running back Cody Staten started the scoring for the Devils with 6:03 left in the first with a 30-yard touchdown run and Stephen Kilpatrick’s PAT was good to give Cordova a 7-0 lead.

Quarterback Chris Kilpatrick put the Devils on the board again with 44 seconds left in the first quarter with a sneak from a yard out and the Devils went up 14-0. Howton really looked like his normal self in the second quarter.

He and Kilpatrick hooked up for two touchdowns in the quarter. Kilpatrick hit Howton on a slant early in the second quarter and increased the lead to 21-0.

Maleki Harris then blocked a Vinemont punt around the 10-yard line and Hunter Beaird scooped it up and scored for a 28-0 lead.

Howton then caught his second touchdown pass of the night from Kilpatrick for a 45-yard touchdown pass to put the Devils up 35-0 at halftime. Cordova starters didn’t see much action in the second half. Staten scored his second touchdown of the night from 13 yards out and Cordova then went up 42-0.

Later in the third after a Tommy Johnson fumble recovery, Kilpatrick and Harris hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown pass for a 49-0 lead and that was it for the starters. Eighth grader Bryant Thomas came into the game and picked up where Staten left off. Thomas ran it in from 20 yards out for the final score of the night and Derrick Simon took it in on the 2-point conversion to make the final 57-0.

The Devils racked up 422 yards of total offense against the Eagles.

Staten led all rushers with 10 rushes for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns while Thomas added 76 yards on 8 rushes and a touchdown. Howton was the leading receiver with his 135 yards on 8 catches and 2 touchdowns and Harris had 40 yards with his touchdown reception.

Chris Kilpatrick finished 7-of-9 passing for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Eagles finished with 161 yards of total offense on the night.

Austin Wallace led the Vinemont rushers with 12 rushes for 38 yards and Caleb Cupp finished with 3 rushes for 27 yards. Tyler Jackson finished 7-of-21 passing for 86 yards and Isaac Yarbrough was his leading receiver with 39 yards.

Cordova head coach Pete Bush wasn’t pleased with the way his team started.

“We got off to a slow start, with several penalties that we shouldn’t have committed and some other things. We were finally able to get things going.”

Bush was happy to see Howton back on the field.

“He’s a great athlete and it helps when he’s on the field. It’s great to have him back.”

The Devils travel to Winfield next week in another region showdown,

“Winfield is a tough team. It’s a football crazy town up there and they are very well coached,” Bush said.

The game between Cordova and Winfield will kickoff at 7 p.m. from Winfield on Friday night.