PREP FOOTBALL: Warriors’ offense lights up Cordova, 55-14, to finish the season

Bill Piper for The Cullman Tribune

West Point's Kelton Washington picks off a Cordova pass in the Warriors' 55-14 win over the Blue Devils. (Bill Piper for the Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT – The Warriors hosted the Blue Devils of Cordova on a chilly Friday night. It was all Warriors in this one-sided affair, 55-14, and the Warriors controlled both lines of scrimmage.

The game couldn’t have started any better for the Warriors as the Blue Devils fumbled the opening kickoff, setting the Warriors up 27-yards away from the end zone. Three plays later, Hunter Persall set them up with first-and-goal at the 1-yard line and Rylan Jones capped the drive off with a 1-yard run to give the Warriors an early 7-0 lead. The Warrior defense forced a three-and-out, quickly giving the ball back to the offense. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Jones threw it behind the line of scrimmage to Will Cochran who then found Kolton Sapp on a double pass for a 55-yard touchdown putting the Warriors up 14-0 with 8:40 remaining in the opening quarter.

Cordova answered back with a touchdown of its own, cutting the lead to 14-6 with 3:59 still remaining in the first quarter. Two plays later, West Point answered right back on a 30-yard pass from Jones to Levi Farley and pushed the lead to 21-6 with 3:30 remaining. After a three-and-out from the Blue Devils, the Warriors struck on the first play with a 55-yard pass from Jones to Persall and added to the lead, 28-6, with 1:23 still remaining.

It wasn’t until late in second quarter when Jones hooked up with Whit Laney for a 50-yard touchdown that the Warriors scored to go up 35-6 with just 56 seconds remaining in the first half. Four plays later, Laney intercepted the pass to give the Warriors one more chance to add to the lead before halftime, but it wasn’t meant to be as they had a 60-yard touchdown called back a few plays later and kept a 35-6 lead at the break.

West Point took the second-half kickoff, marched down the field and capped off the drive with a 13-yard run from Persall, stretching the lead to 41-6 with 6:38 remaining in the third.  Cordova added a touchdown late in the quarter, 41-14, but early in the fourth, the Warriors scored on fourth down on a Jones to Cochran pass from 11-yards out to extend the lead to 48-14 with 10:32 remaining in the game. The ensuing Devil possession was cut short thanks to a Darian Wyenandt interception. Warrior Brayden Martin took advantage of the turnover and punched it in from 5-yards out to put the Warriors up 55-14 with five minutes remaining in the game. Cordova went three-and-out on its next possession, giving the ball back to the Warriors who ran the clock out to seal the deal at 55-14.

West Point snaps a seven-game losing streak with the win at home to end the 2018 season at 3-7.

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