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Dora falls to Ramsay

Story from The Daily Mountain Eagle by Brian Hale

DORA — The Dora Bulldogs dropped their first Class 5A, Region 5 loss of the season on Friday night, falling to the Ramsey Rams, 55-38 at Horace Roberts Stadium in Dora.

Dora RamsayThe Bulldogs had little problem accumulating offensive yards on the night, outgaining the Rams 478-391, but four costly turnovers led to 21 Ramsey points and proved to be the deciding factor in the contest.

Dora ran for 382 yards on the night, led by Charles Clay’s 226 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Ki Babbs finished with 130 yards on 18 carries and found the endzone three times. Clay also led the Bulldog defense with six tackles, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack, while A.J. Smoot recorded five tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack and broke up a pass.

The Bulldogs scored the first points of the night on their second possession of the game, driving 37 yards on five plays. Babbs scored his first touchdown of the night on a 21-yard carry to put Dora ahead, 7-0.

Ramsey answered two series later after recovering a muffed punt on a 17-yard run. Stone Smith broke up the two-point conversion to draw the Rams within a point, 7-6. Dora responded on the next series with a six-play, 65-yard drive as Babbs took the ball in from six yards out — extending the lead to 14-6. The Rams began the second quarter by scoring on a six-yard touchdown pass, but the two-point conversion pass was intercepted by Day Day Freemen, leaving Dora in the lead 14-12.

Jack Spradlin kicked a 24-yard field goal after an eight-play, 58-yard drive to give the Bulldogs a 17-12 edge. A flurry of scoring by both teams closed the final minutes of the first half, with Ramsey scoring on a 20-yard pass and successfully converting two points to take its first lead of the game, 20-17. After receiving the kickoff, Clay broke six tackles en route to a 72-yard touchdown run to give Dora the 24-20 advantage.

The Rams regained command of the game after returning the kickoff for a touchdown for a 27-24 halftime edge. Dora opened the second half with a seven-play, 46-yard drive, with Babbs finding the endzone on a five-yard run to regain the lead, 31-27. The next two series for the Bulldogs ended in miscues. After driving to the Ramsey 10-yard line, Steven Gosha was intercepted in the endzone to stop the drive.

On the ensuing series, the Rams drove to the Dora goaline only to be sto

pped by the Bulldog defense on downs. On the next play, Babbs fumbled the ball, which was recovered by a defender and returned for the score and 34-31 advantage for Ramsey. The fourth quarter saw the Rams score 21 points on drives of 40, 46 and 62 to extend their lead to 55-31.

Dora scored a touchdown in the remaining minute of regulation on a 49-yard pass from Gosha to Freeman for the 55-38 final. Dora (2-2, 1-1) travels to Corner (1-2) next week for another region matchup.

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Interview with Sara York, Library Media Specialist / Yearbook Adviser

By Emily BartonSara York

Ms. York, please tell us where did you go to school? Dora High School. I later, studied at Bevill State and UAB. 

What made you decided to pursue a career in education? I've always enjoyed working with young people.

What do you love/hate about your job? I really love the students; they are such fun to be around. I hate having to drive 45 minutes to get to work.

What is your definition of success? Success is when you enrich someone else's life through your job.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to live at the beach and possibly do some type of community service.

Will Justice
Career Update from Will Justice

--- William just graduated from the New York Film Academy, and received a One-Year "Acting for Film" certificate. With a BA in Music, and a One-Year certificate in Acting, he is eligible to pursue his MFA at the New York Film Academy based in Los Angeles, and complete all requirements within a school year.

During his studies in New York City, he was in a music video called "Cheap Sunglasses." The synopsis of this video is that a variety of individuals pass a gypsy woman. Each individual does something that displeases her, and therefore, the gypsies' revenge is a spell that switches the minds of those passing by. William is portrayed as a Michael Jackson fan, who dances down the street, and unknowingly, knocks the gypsies' cup of water over. This makes him subject to her spell to come.

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A letter in the mail


Rick WatsonI got a letter in the mail from the Mountain Eagle today. Normally, they send my check each month in a regular envelope, but this one was larger. It looked a little suspicious to me.

My eyebrows furrowed. Scrunching up my bottom lip involuntarily, I flipped the envelope front to back. Cautiously I shook it a little, and then held it up to the light to see if I could see anything pink in there.

I’m paranoid that the bossman will one day realize I’m a hack who has problems spelling his own name correctly. I can almost hear him rail, “We’ve wasted enough ink on this hillbilly.” Sometimes my imagination spanks me like a naughty child.

To my relief a check was there when I tore open the envelop, and luckily there was no pink slip. I shook it twice to make sure. The envelope did contain a letter to the editor, from a nursing home in Florence.

I frequently get emails from readers or Facebook messages, but it’s not often that people take the time to write a note by hand and send it through the mail.

I was flattered by the kind words, but it was the signature that put a lump in my throat. It was from Mrs. Dorothy Ellison, my senior homeroom teacher in 1968. I haven’t seen her in years.

She lives in a senior living home in north Alabama and has the newspaper mailed to her there. It seems she reads my column each week, and that I often make her smile. Reading her words made me smile too.

Closing my eyes, I could picture her standing posture perfect in front of the class writing instructions on the blackboard, the chalk softly squawking. She had a lilting voice, and I never heard her raise it.

Mrs. Ellison was the kind and caring teacher that everyone who’s ever attended high school wished for. Those lucky enough to have one like her, will never forget them.

She was a brilliant teacher who had a knack for making the material understandable. One former student said she made science fun. She intuitively knew that fun was an essential ingredient in the learning equation.

Another student said, “She was a teacher that made a difference in my life.” That says a great deal in my book.

I can honestly say I’ve had some great teachers in my life.

In looking back, my path to becoming a writer has been a long a squirrelly one. Like everyone else trying to find their way, I’ve been discouraged at times. But it seems whenever I’m feeling down, a teacher will appear and steer me in the right direction.

I’ve invested a lot of time these last few months studying the craft of writing. The authors, some long dead, are teaching me a great deal.

Most say never use big words when small ones will do the job. That’s fortunate for me, because I don’t know a lot of big words. But they also say using short sentences, and short paragraphs is better than long ones. My style is evolving.

I would not be where I am today without teachers.

So thank you, Mrs. Ellison, and all the other teachers who have helped me along the way.

NOTE: Mrs. Ellison loves hearing from her students. If you'd like to drop her a line, send it to:

Dorothy Ellison,
c/o Mitchell Hollingsworth Nursing Home,
805 Flagg Circle,
Florence, Ala. 35630


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DHS Class of 1985 Reunion

Planning now underway for the Class of 1985

30-Year Reunion. Please join the Facebook Page below.


DHS Class of 1994 Reunion

Details We have created a Facebook Group Page to keep everyone up to date on what is going on with the Reunion!
Planning is just beginning as of April 10, 2014. So, please come and join us by going to DHS
Class of '94-Twenty Years!
And if you know of anyone NOT in the group, you have been given rights to allow them as members by just adding and it sends out an invite to join the group.
Please only allow 1994 DHS grads into the group...
Once you are in the group, you can add posts by emailing: Dora94@groups.facebook.com (be careful this posts directly to the FB Page as a POST for ALL to see!
For a more private question, you can contact any of the following people at this email: 94bulldogs@gmail.com Tomeka Prioleau Audrea Rice Robbins Cindy May Sargent Danielle Peterson Johnson Cacy Myrick Paone Audrea Rice Robbins

The Dora High School Class of 2004

Class of 2004 is celebrating their 10 class reunion in April

The reunion will be April 12, 2014 in Birmingham, AL. Anyone needing more information can contact me at blevi008@crimson.ua.edu for more information!

Dora High School Class of 1966 is now looking for classmates.
Contact Dennis Wayne Roberts


From the Archives

Mr. GantWhen I saw this email come across my screen, I immediately thought of Mr. Gant. This sounds like something he would have done.
According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would make up their faces in the bathroom.
That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips against the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Every night, the maintenance man would remove them and the next day, the girls would do it again.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls into the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.


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