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Interview with Dora High Senior Matthew Dylan Freeman

By Emily Barton

1. What do you plan to study in college?Matthew Dylan Freeman
Music Education.

2. Where do you plan to go to school after graduation?
The University of Alabama.

3. What are your goals in life?
To succeed and excel in everything I do. I want my students that I will one day teach, to go on and be great musicians.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
I see myself, five years from now, playing ultimate Frisbee on the quad at UA. In ten years, I will hopefully be teaching music at the school that taught me --Dora High School.

5. What is your definition of success?
Success is doing what you love and doing it well while having something to show for it.

6. Describe Dora High School in one sentence.
 Dora High School is my home and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
                             

Bulldogs pound Blue Devils in season opener

Story from The Daily Mountain Eagle
by Jonathan Bentley

CORDOVA — Kijuana Babbs' first season opener as the featured running back in Dora’s offense went even better than coach Johnny Wright could have planned.
DoraThe junior running back scored three touchdowns and rushed for 142 yards as the Bulldogs knocked off rival Cordova 35-12 at Hudson-Kirby Stadium Thursday night.
The game, which was slowed by penalties, cramps and more penalties, got sloppy at times. The teams had a total of 33 penalties for 285 yards and combined for eight turnovers — four by each team. 
“I didn’t expect us to be as sharp as I would like,” said Wright, who moved to 9-0 against Cordova. “I think we both made mistakes that we would normally make in a jamboree game.” 
 Dora led 14-6 at the half and broke the game open in the second half with three touchdowns. 
All of Babbs’ scores came via the big play. He broke free for a 30-yard score in the second quarter and added 22-yard and 36-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Lineman of the year finalist A.J. Smoot led the Bulldogs’ defensive effort, recording 10 tackles, including three sacks, while forcing a fumble. 
“I’m proud of some of our guys. Babbs and Charles Clay had good games,” Wright said. “A.J. can play. He’s got a motor. We brought him from the back side and it worked well. He had a few sacks behind the line and caused a fumble. It was typical (A.J.).”
Dora opened the scoring on its second drive with Steven Gosha hitting Sadarius Key for a 40-yard touchdown strike. Jack Spradlin made the first of his five PATs for a 7-0 lead with 1:38 left in the quarter. The Bulldogs second score came in the second quarter when Babbs went 30 yards for a touchdown as Dora pushed its lead to 14-0 with 10:40 left in the half.
Cordova got on the scoreboard less than three minutes later when Chase Trotter connected with Jaylan Clay for a 47-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed making the score 14-6. 
Neither offense was able to get into a flow in the first half due to penalty flags. There were 15 flags thrown in the second-quarter alone and 21 in the opening half. 
The Blue Devils had their chances in the first half with three drives starting inside the Dora 35-yard line. One drive ended on downs, two others ended with turnovers. 
Dora pushed its lead to 21-6 in the third quarter when Charles Clay scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 3:58 left in the quarter. A Smoot sack led to a Cordova turnover on downs early in the fourth quarter. Dora scored three plays later on Babbs’ 22-yard run for a 28-6 advantage.
A Clay interception set up Dora’s last score — Babbs’ 36-yard run with six minutes left in the game.
Cordova scored the final touchdown when Jacob Key went 80 yards for a touchdown with 5:32 left.
Dora drove the ball inside the Cordova five-yard line on its final possession and ran out the last minute-plus by kneeling on the ball.
Trotter led the Cordova offense, completing 14-of-26 passes for 215 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Noah Ard led the Devils in receiving with seven catches for 81 yards. 
For Dora, Gosha was 4-of-6 for 96 yards and a touchdown. 
Key had two catches for 68 yards and a score while Alex Russell hauled in a 47-yard strike down the sideline.
Defensively, Taylor Trotter recovered a pair of fumbles, both on kick returns, for Cordova. Chris Evans had a fumble recovery for Cordova and Kenderra Taylor picked off a pass.
Charles Clay had a pair of interceptions for the Bulldogs and Nathaniel Robinson recovered a fumble for Dora. 
“A lot of our guys grew up tonight,” Wright said. “Lets hope they did. If they didn’t, it’s going to be a long season.”
Dora hosts Mortimer Jordan next week while Cordova plays at Good Hope in a non-region game.



Life on the forks

There are places in this world that seem magical. The Cliffs of Moher, in Ireland, Cathedral Rock in Sedona, and standing at the edge of the Pacific just off ForksHighway 1 near Half Moon Bay in California come to mind. There are places much closer to home that may not be as scenic, but they too are special. 

Jilda worked late this afternoon, and I’d been to a community meeting. On the way home, I came to a stop sign near where the Sipsey Fork and the Mulberry River join to form the Black Warrior River, which flows through the heart of Alabama.

Home was to the right, but a stone’s throw to the left is a finger of land separating the two rivers. I decided to swing in to see what was happening at the forks.

To the casual visitor, there’s not a lot to see. There’s a huge parking lot, a public boat launch, and a few picnic tables under the shade of pine and poplar. But this particular spot is a unique place on earth. It feels magical at times in the evening when the angle of light reflects off the water, making it look as if the river is flowing into the sky. 

I’ve never read the history, but I understand that Native Americans made their home on this land back before Alabama became a state. 

Standing at water’s edge as the lazy rivers amble toward home in the Gulf of Mexico, it feels magical. It’s easy to see why Native Americans loved it here.

These days, people congregate at the forks year around. In summer, you see kids from the community fishing. When it gets too hot to fish, they strip off their shirts and dive into the cool water. When they tire of swimming, they lie back on the bank and bake like turtles in the sun. 

In the spring, you’ll find fishermen from all over Alabama who come to the forks to try their hand at landing a trout, stripe or hybrid bass. Many species of fish migrate upstream to spawn in the cool waters. 

Early-morning Jon boats putter upstream through mist as thick as a veil for a chance to catch a stringer full of stripe.

My old friend Leo Smith is the unofficial mayor of the forks. Most days you can find him fishing, running trotlines or dispensing advice on sloughs, bait and fishing techniques.

Years on the water have baked his skin the color of mocha. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that his veins flow with the water of the Warrior. It seems he can look at the water, the position of the sun, factor in air temperature and tell you if the fish are biting.

People come from all over to fish, but some come to stand and talk, with conversations ranging from pontoons to politics.

Sometimes you’ll see families with young children come to be close to the water. 

The kids run around barefoot catching dragonflies and chasing June bugs while their mothers spread a picnic lunch on blankets in the shade.

Today when I parked, there was a lone fisherman in a canvas lawn chair near the edge of the water. He had a cooler within arm’s reach and was tending a line hoping to catch a stripe for supper.

Standing at the forks for those few moments, it felt magical.
Date
Opponent
Place
Time
Score
8/21/14
Thursday

Cordova
Away
7:00
W 35-12
8/29/14
Mortimer Jordan
Home
7:00
9/5/14
Carver
Home
7:00
9/12/14
Ramsey
Home
7:00
9/19/14
Corner
Away
7:00
9/26/14
OPEN
OPEN
7:00
10/3/14
Fairfield
Away
7:00
10/9/14
Thursday

Wennonah
Away
7:00
10/17/14
Plesant Grove
Home
7:00

10/23/14
Thursday

Parker
Away
7:00
10/31/14
Linden
Home
7:00

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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!

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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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