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          The 2007 Cordova Blue Devils hoped to build upon their 9-3 record last season. With nine starters back on offense and defense, the prospects were high for this squad to make a deep playoff run.

          The Blue Devils returned 19 starters back in 2007. Key players back included junior running back Tim Simon, 6-1, 200, who rushed for 2,100 yards last year and scored 24 touchdowns.

          Other returning players included; QB Ryan Smith, 6-1, 190, So.; FB/LB Daniel Ingram, 5-11, 210, Jr.; OT Will Kimbrell, 6-0, 215, Sr.; OG Brett Dawkins, 6-1, 245, Sr.; OG Jace Cordell, 6-0, 215, Jr.; OC Larry Thompson, 6-0, 205, Sr.; TE Kyle Phillips, 6-0, 185, Jr.; WR Rico Everett, 5-9, 175, Jr.; WR Zane Alley, 6-1, 165, Sr.


  Cordova 12   8   16   21   57  
  Dora 0   7   0   12   19  

          The Cordova Blue Devils opened the season with a convincing 57-19 win over Dora. The offense rolled up 401 yards rushing behind the running of Tim Simon. He rushed for 158 yards on 15 carries and scored four touchdowns in a little more than a half. The Devils led 20-7 at the half and 36-7 at the end of three periods.

           The defense limited Dora to just 51 yards rushing and 83 yards of total offense.


  Greensboro             12  
  Cordova             60  

          The third ranked Blue Devils rolled to a 60-12 rout of Greensboro behind a defense that allowed only 129 yards. Tim Simon ran for 124 yards on 15 carries and scored four touchdowns from 1, 6, 5 and 10 yards. Daniel Ingram added a 2-yard touchdown.


  Cordova             7  
  Carbon Hill             55  

          Cordova trounced Carbon Hill in week three 55-7. It was the third week in a row that the Blue Devils had topped the 50 point mark.


  Gordo 6   0   0   0   6  
  Cordova 0   14   0   6   20  

          After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Cordova bounced back to score two second quarter touchdowns in a 20-6 victory over Gordo in week three. Daniel Ingram scored twice in the second quarter to give the Blue Devils a 14-6 halftime lead. The defense forced eight turnovers and never allowed the Green Wave to threaten after they scored on their first possession of the game. Tim Simon closed out the scoring on a 45-yard run in the fourth period.


  Parrish    0    0    0    0   12
  Cordova               64

          Tim Simon ran for 169 yards as Cordova rushed for a total of 311 yards in a 64-12 thrashing of Parrish. Simon scored three touchdowns as the Blue Devils improved to 5-0 on the season. Cordova roared to a 52-0 led by intermission as they got touchdowns from Godfrey Rolle, David McAfee and Jake Howton in the first half. 


  Cordova 16   20   13   0   49  
  West Blocton 8   0   0   7   15  

          Tim Simon ran for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns rushing and another on a 90-yard punt return as the Blue Devils defeated West Blocton 49-15 on the road. Cordova led 36-8 at the half on the three scores by Simon and a couple of touchdowns by Domonique Smith, one on a 32-yard fumble return.

          In the second half, Daniel Ingram tossed two scoring passes, one of 64 yards to Bradley Phillips and the last was a 41-yard strike to Rico Everette. The offense rolled up 392 yards including 240 on the ground.


  Aliceville 0   0   0   0   0  
  Cordova             39  

          Cordova shutout Aliceville 39-0 to run their record to 7-0 the next week. The defense played lights out in the first half as they held Aliceville to just eight yards of total offense. They also registered two safeties and Rico Everett, Ryan Smith, and Jacob Howton all had interceptions for Cordova. Tim Simon rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries. He had scoring runs of 11, 2, 3, and 44 yards.


  Cordova             40  
  Lamar County             14  

          Sophomore quarterback Ryan Smith rushed for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Blue Devils destroyed Lamar County 40-14 on the road. He also added a 85-yard kickoff return for another score.


  Winfield 0   0   8   8   16  
  Cordova 6   18   14   0   38  

          The defense intercepted Winfield five times in a 38-16 win to move to a perfect 9-0 on the season. Rico Everette returned two of those for touchdowns and quarterback Ryan Smith scored four touchdowns rushing. Simon added 87 yards rushing on 14 carries for the Blue Devils as they ended Winfield's ten game regular season winning streak. Cordova led 24-0 at the half and 31-0 before Winfield got on the scoreboard.


  Cordova             61  
  Curry             20  

          Cordova cruised to a 61-20 rout of Curry as they closed out the regular season with a perfect 10-0 season. Once again Ryan Smith was the star as he rushed for 81 yards on just four carries and scored twice. He completed 4-of-6 passes for another 198 yards and two more touchdowns. Cordova finished the night with over 600 yards of offense while holding Curry to just 74 first half yards.


  Slocomb 0   0   14   13   27  
  Cordova       3   0   59  

          Cordova dominated the first half as they raced out to a 56-0 halftime lead. The offense rolled up 322 yards and only allowed 48 as Slocomb was only able to move the football against the reserves in the second half. Tim Simon led the Cordova attack with 183 yards rushing on only eight carries and scored four touchdowns from 16, 85, 3 and 60 yards.

          Ryan Smith ran for 58 yards and threw for another 52 and one touchdown to Rico Everette as the Devils advanced to the second round of the playoffs.


  Sumter County 8   6   0   14   28  
  Cordova 6   16   29   0   51  

          The Cordova Blue Devils earned their first trip to the quarterfinals of the playoffs since 1995 with a 51-28 win over Sumter County. Tailback Tim Simon ran for 174 yards on 12 carries and scored three touchdowns in the win. Sumter County hung around for a half and trailed 22-14 at intermission before the Devils scored four times in the third quarter to take a commanding 51-14 lead.

          Cordova actually trailed 8-0 and 14-6 in the first half before the offense got untracked.


  Pike County 0   0   0   0   0  
  Cordova 0   12   12   0   24  


           Top ranked, and undefeated, Pike County visited Cordova in the quarterfinals and left with a 24-0 defeat at the hands of the Blue Devils. The defense allowed only 66 yards rushing and registered four sacks. After a scoreless first quarter, the Devils scored twice in the second to take a 12-0 halftime lead on a touchdown by Ryan Smith and a pass from Smith to Rico Everette.

          Tim Simon rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries to lead the running attack. Smith accounted for the other three touchdowns in the victory.


  Cordova 7   6   6   7   26  
  Calera 6   6   0   6   18  

          Cordova led just 13-12 at the half before going on a 13-play drive to open the second half and scoring on Ryan Smith's 7-yard touchdown toss to Kyle Phillips for a 19-12 lead. From there, the Blue Devils began to wear down Calera by running the football and consumed much of the second half on the ground.

          Tim Simon finished the night with 160 yards on 25 carries and scored the clinching touchdown with 4:03 left in the game on a 39-yard run. This drive took eleven plays and broke the back of the Eagles. The win propelled the Blue Devils into the state championship game in Birmingham against Clay County.


  Clay County 7   6   0   0   13  
  Cordova 7            21  

          Cordova won a state championship in 1995 and returned to the title game in 2007 to face Clay County. The Panthers entered the game undefeated and had played in the title game the previous year. They were winners of six titles over the past nineteen seasons but none of that mattered to the Blue Devils once the game got underway.

          Cordova defeated the Panthers 21-13 to claim their second championship. Tim Simon did most of the damage all game as the Panthers had no answer for the Cordova running game. Simon rushed for 142 yards on 18 carries and was named the MVP for his efforts. The defense put up a goal line stand late in the game, stopping the Panthers on four plays inside their ten yard line.

          Linebacker Daniel Ingram, lineman Jace Cordell, defensive back Rico Everett and running back Tim Simon were all named to the first team on the All-state squad by the Alabama Sports Writers. Ryan Smith was selected to the honorable mention team. Coach Scott Basden was named the coach of the year by the ASWA.

           The 2007 Cordova Blue Devils finished 15-0 record and set a team record for most wins and points scored in a season with 664.




Cordova
2007

8/31 57 Dora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
9/7 60 Greensboro . . . . . . . . 12
9/14 55 Carbon Hill . . . . . . . 7
9/21 20 Gordo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
9/28 64 Parrish . . . . . . . . . . . 12
10/5 49 West Blocton . . . . . . 15
10/12 39 Aliceville . . . . . . . . 0
10/19 40 Lamar County . . . . . . 14
10/26 38 Winfield . . . . . . . . . . 16
11/2 61 Curry . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
11/9 59 Slocomb * . . . . . . . . . 27
11/16 51 Sumter County * . . . . 28
11/23 24 Pike County * . . . . . 0
11/30 26 Calera * . . . . . . . . . . 18
12/8 21 Clay County # . . . . . 13

664 15-0 207

* Playoff game
# State championship game




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