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Dogfight at Horace Robert Field
by James Phillips
DORA - A dogfight took place Friday night at Horace Roberts Field, but it wasn't much of one as the Dora Bulldogs rolled to a 35-14 win over the Hanceville Bulldogs.
The win improved Dora to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in Class 3A, Region 6. Hanceville dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in region play.
Dora ran for 306 yards mainly on the legs of Chase Pierce and Steven Harrison. Pierce finished the night with 125 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, while
Harrison gained 84 yards and two scores also on seven carries. Both backs played the first half and only saw limited playing time in the second half.

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Freshman Eric Woods added 67 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. Dora coach Johnnie Wright admitted his backs played well but added a lot of their success was thanks to the play of Dora's offensive line.
"I think we played well tonight," Wright said. "Our backs did a good job of getting to the outside and making big plays, but a lot of that had to do with the way our offensive line played. The line did a tremendous job tonight and have worked really hard to have gotten where they are."
Dora's first score came with 37 seconds left in the opening quarter when Pierce reached the end zone after a 16-yard run. Tyler Ellis, who would hit five-of-five extra points on the night, tacked on the PAT to give Dora a 7-0 lead.
At the 5:36 mark of the second quarter, Dora added its second touchdown on a 2-yard run by Harrison. Two minutes later, Dora added another score when Harrison broke free 48 yards for the touchdown to give Dora 21-0 lead at halftime.
Dora didn't waste time scoring in the second half by going on a quick two-minute, six-play drive, which was capped by a Woods touchdown from four yards out to put Dora up 28-0.
Hanceville managed to put points on the scoreboard after quarterback Bo Brockman scrambled for a 25-yard touchdown to cut the Dora lead to 28-6.
The final Dora score came with 1:52 left in the third quarter. Jorge Williams hit Jason Rouse on a screen pass. Nate Corley landed a crushing block on a Hanceville defender to free Rouse and 52 yards later he found the end zone.
Hanceville cut the final deficit to 35-14 after a 2-yard touchdown plunge by Brockman and a two-point conversion pass from Brockman to Ryan Lambert.
The win sets up a showdown with also unbeaten Good Hope, with the winner having a leg-up in the region championship race. Wright said starting the season 3-0 has done a lot for not only his team, but also the Dora community.
"Winning is fun," Wright said. "This program hasn't seen a lot of winning in the last few years. The fans have been behind this program all along and the crowd was really good tonight. We've still got a long way to go and we've got to keep improving. Good Hope has got a good team and are going to be tough up at their place."

 

 

 
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