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Dawgs Take Cordova in First Game of the Season
The Birmingham News Sunday September 1, 2002

Dora 20 Cordova 18

Dora used a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to beat Cordova in a battle of Walker County rivals at Dora.
Dora took the lead for good at 13-12 with 7:22 remaining in the third quarter when Steven Harrison dove infrom the 3. On Cordova's next possession, Elan Lardis picked off Blue Devil quarter Bart Lockhart at the Cordova 35. The Bulldogs wasted little time scoring, with Erick Woods sprinting in from 15 yards out with 6:45 left in the quarter.
The Blue Devils did mount a late comeback withLockhart connecting with Ryan robnett on the 16-yard pass to cut the Dora lead to 20-18 with just over a minute left in the game. However, Lochart's pass fell incomplete on the two-point conversion try.

Dora Bulldogs Rip Vinemont

Special to The Daily Mountain Eagle
Published September 07, 2002 3:41 AM CDT

VINEMONT -- Dora's running game and speed proved too much for Vinemont Friday night as the Eagles fell, 44-12.
It was the two teams' first Class 3A Region 6 game of the year.
The Bulldogs (2-0) used strong rushing efforts by Steven Harrison and quarterback Jorge Williams to pull away from Vinemont (1-1).
"They had real good speed, Vinemont coach Kenny Griffin said. "They just came out tonight and played a great football game and executed well and we never could get anything established offensively."
Dora jumped out to a quick first-quarter lead and never looked back. The first drive of the game ended with the Eagles turning the football over to Dora on the 30-yard line. The Bulldogs took over and scored on 25-yard pass from Jorge Williams to Wesley Butler. Tyler Ellis kicked the extra point.
A special-teams lapse led to the Bulldogs1 second score. Dora blocked a Nathan Anderson punt and recovered inside the red zone to set up the easy score. Chase Pierce drove to the four-yard line and Steven Harrison scored the Bulldogs' second touchdown.
The third score shortly followed. Williams completed a 24-yard pass to Randy Parker for a first down at the beginning of the third quarter. The pass set up an 11-yard run to Steven Harrison to the four-yard line. A holding penalty and a quarterback sack by Vinemont's Anderson forced Dora to settle for a field goal, making the score 17-0.
Dora scored 21 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
D.J. Methvin scored on a 85-yard run to make the score 31-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Vinemont ended the game on a strong note. The Eagles started at the 20-yard line and drove 80 yards for a touchdown. Running backs Chase Rutherford and Wesley Tankersley combined to spark the drive with several nice runs. Justin Lotero capped off the long drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to end the game.
It was the sophomore quarterback's first score of his high school career.
The Eagles had a chance to score at the beginning of the second half but the drive sputtered on the goal line.
Christian Runge broke a 47-yard run to the Dora 17-yard line. A roughing-the-passer penalty put Vinemont even closer but the Eagles couldn't manage any points. They were stopped inches from the goal line.
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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. 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."

Dora Remains Unbeaten With Overtime Win
The Daily Mountain Eagle
Published September 21, 2002 3:37 AM CDT

GOOD HOPE -- Heading into next month when regional play resumes, the Dora Bulldogs will sit on top of 3A, Region 6 with everybody else in the region chasing them.
Dora was able to escape James Shabel Stadium Friday night knocking off the Good Hope Raiders 24-21 in overtime.
Dora took sole possession of the region lead when Locust Fork pinned a 40-0 shutout on Holly Pond. The Bulldogs, who were a 4A team last season, matched their win total from a year ago on a rainy evening and in the process, lifted the Raiders from the list of undefeated teams.
Tyler Ellis ended the battle in the extra period when he converted a field goal from 18 yards out on a fourth-down play with the football sitting on the Good Hope one.
The Bulldogs took over after the defense recovered a Raider fumble on the first play of overtime. It was a tale of two halves. Dora dominated the first half while Good Hope came back with a solid third quarter to move into the lead. But the Raiders could not hang on to the advantage as Dora converted two second-half fumbles into 10 points.
Coach Johnny Wright's Bulldogs opened the game with a 13 play, 67-yard drive that ended on a Steven Harrison run into the end zone from a yard out with 6:10 to go in the first quarter. Ellis failed to hit the extra-point as Dora led 6-0.
Dora tacked on to its lead thanks to a 25-yard dash to the end zone by Chase Pierce. A two-point run by Randy Parker upped the lead to 14-0 with 6:31 to play until halftime.
Good Hope was able to mount its best drive of the first half starting from the Raider 20 with 4:11 to play in the second stanza. The drive consumed 17 plays and the rest of the clock as the Raiders left the locker room with a touchdown and trailed 14-7 at the break.
A holding call against Dora on a fourth down play gave the Raiders a first down at their 37. Sean Daniel got loose for 24 yards on four carries in the drive and pair of Dustin Johnson completions to Patrick McDonald moved the ball deep into Bulldog territory. Good Hope went for it on fourth and goal from the four. Instead of throwing the ball as Dora expected, the Raiders stayed on the ground, sending McDonald up the middle for the score. Chris Colvard's extra-point had the Raiders within seven as the two teams waited out a 30-minute rain delay to start the second half.
Two Good Hope possessions in the third quarter resulted in a pair of touchdowns to propel the Raiders into the lead for the first time. The first drive covered 64 yards in four plays when Johnson got free on a 52-yard option run, cutting back against the grain and getting a key block from McDonald to set him free.
Colvard's extra-point with 9:59 to play tied the score at 14-14.
Dora moved the football but the drive ended when Justin Raper picked off a Jacob Sides pass and returned 29 yards to the Good Hope 39. The Raiders took six and a half minutes off the clock to gain the lead at 21-14. Andrew Colvard had two big runs in the series, the second coming from the five with 28 seconds left. Andrew's brother Chris followed with the extra-point.
Turnovers spelled doom for the Raiders the rest of the way. Dora fell on a fumble at the Raider 37 and tied the game when Harrison plunged in from a yard out and Ellis kicked the extra point.
The Raiders fumbled on their first snap in overtime, putting the Bulldogs in possession at the Good Hope 10. On third and goal from the 11, Harrison ran for 10 yards to give Dora a choice to go for it on fourth down or send in Ellis to kick a short field goal. The Bulldogs decided to win it with the specialty teams as Ellis came through with the kick from 18 yards out.
Dora hosts Sulligent in a nonregion game next week.
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Dawgs Scrap to Stay Perfect
by James Phillips

DORA -- The Dora Bulldogs played a "bend-but-don't-break" defense and got just enough
offense Friday night to earn a 16-7 victory over Sulligent and improve to 5-0 this season.
It's the first time Dora's been 5-0 since 1993 and is one win above the Bulldogs final total last season.
"The field conditions were sloppy and that made the game sloppy," Dora head coach Johnnie Wright said. "We are just tickled to death to be 5-0. We had several
chances to put them away and just couldn't punch the ball into the end zone. We've got to learn how to put people away, and that is something that will come.
We've still got a long way to go, but I think we've put ourselves in a great position."
Dora allowed 244 total yards, but most of those yards came between the 20s. The Bulldogs did manage to hold the Blue Devils to 1-of-6 on fourth down conversion
"We had some great efforts from a lot of our guys," Wright added. "The defense was bend-but-don't-break again, but they held strong when we needed them to. We didn't play one of our best games tonight, but I think Sulligent had a lot to do with that. People don't
realize how far their program has come. All their losses have been to undefeated teams."
The Bulldogs offense struggled at times, but finished with 312 total yards, including 249 yards on the ground. On the season, Dora's rushing total is 1,458 yards. Chase Pierce had led the Dora ground game with four-straight 100-yard games, but that streak came to
an end Friday as he managed only 70 yards on 17 carries. Steven Harrison led the Bulldogs offense with 109 yards on 14 carries, as well as 49 yards on one reception.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie after one quarter, but Dora got on the board when Tyler Ellis hit a 31-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter.
The two teams traded interceptions late in the second quarter with Dora ending up with possession of the ball on the Sulligent 15 after a Jason Rouse pick. Two plays later Randy Parker scored the first touchdown of the night to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead with 22 seconds left in the first half.
Sulligent managed to cut the lead to 10-7 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter after a 40-yard run by Rashad Johnson set up a 28-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alex Roberts.
Dora quickly when freshman tailback Eric Woods scored on a 19-yard run. Dora was in a position to score thanks to a 49-yard fullback screen from Jorge Williams to Harrison. The touchdown gave Dora a 16-7 lead with 10:54 left in the game.
The Bulldogs return to action next Friday when they host Locust Fork in a Class 3A, Region 6 showdown. Dora enters the game undefeated in the region at 3-0 while Locust Fork has had only one region setback at 2-1.

Dawgs Devour Locust Fork 46-8!

DORA -- Winning seasons have been a thing of the past at Dora High School, at least until Friday night. The No. 9-ranked Dora Bulldogs improved to 6-0 on the year and secured its first winning season since 1994 with a 46-8 win over the Locust Fork Hornets (2-4) at Horace Roberts Field. The win also locked up a playoff spot for the Bulldogs, who now have a 4-0 record in Class 3A, Region 6. It will be Dora's first trip to the postseason since 1995.
"We did a good job of moving the football tonight," Dora head coach Johnnie Wright said. "Everybody got to play and I think everybody played well while they were out there. Winning is fun. We've been tough on these guys during practices, but that's only because we want them to have fun on Friday nights. Our players have done everything we've asked them to do and it has paid off. We've accomplished our first goal and that was to make the playoffs. Now we need another win to secure a home game in the first round."
The Bulldogs' offensive line, led by seniors Nate Corley, Bradley Isbel and Troy Miller, opened up hole after hole to allow Dora's running backs free room to roam for 313 yards on the ground. Four Dora players finished with at least 45 rushing yards and a touchdown. Steven Harrison led the Buldogs with 95 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Chase Pierce added 75 yards and a score on nine carries. Freshman Eric Woods had 48 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, and wide-out Randy Parker finished with a touchdown and 47 yards on three carries.
"We challenged the guys at halftime to be more physical in the second half," Wright said. "They did that in the second half and it allowed us to take control of the game. It was a tough first half and Locust Fork deserves the credit for that. They tried to force us to pass, but we made a few adjustments at halftime."
Dora's first score came at the 8:27 mark of the first quarter when Harrison broke a couple of tackles and rumbled down the sidelines for a 34-yard run to the end zone to put Dora up 6-0. Only two possessions later, the Bulldogs added to that lead when Parker returned a Locust Fork punt 57 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Jorge Williams hit Steven Berry for the 2-point conversion to give Dora a 14-0 advantage with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Locust Fork cut into the Dora lead with 9:01 left in the first half when Joseph Washburn fought his way across the goaline for a 1-yard score. Ward Banks connected with Brandon Wilson for the 2-point conversion to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 14-8.
Harrison scored his second touchdown of the first half with 2:10 left in the second quarter on an 18-yard run to increase Dora's lead to 20-8.
Wright and his staff made some adjustments at halftime, which resulted in Dora doubling its first half output in the third quarter alone. Pierce scored from a yard out to give Dora a 27-8 lead. Parker added to that lead on the Bulldogs' next possession after a 20-yard run for a score, and only six plays later, Woods scored on a 3-yard run that was set up by a Dora blocked punt to give the Bulldogs a 40-8 lead at the end of three quarters.
Dora's final touchdown came after Woods ran 39 yards to paydirt with 11:57 to go in the game.

Dora 63 New Hope 22

JAMES O. PHILLIPS DORA -- Everybody got into the act for the Dora Bulldogs Friday night. Even the band started scoring touchdowns.Dora scored 28 points in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to a blistering 63-22 win over the New Hope Indians in their Class 3A Region 6 contest.The Bulldogs, who moved to 7-0 win the win, were clicking on all cylinders. On offense, ten different Bulldogs ran the ball for Dora for a total of 403 yards. Defensively, Dora held New Hope to just 141 total yards, most of that came against the second and third-string defense.Josh Creel, drummer/defensive end, scored Dora's second touchdown. Dora's Ian Landis blocked a New Hope punt and Creel picked it up and raced nine-yards for the score to put the Bulldogs up 14-0.Chase Pierce scored two first-quarter touchdowns, on runs of seven and 28 yards, and Steven Harrison added a 32-yard run as the Bulldogs built a four-touchdown lead less than nine minutes into the game.It was exactly the kind of game Dora coach Johnny Wright was looking for."We did what we wanted to do and that was put it away early," Wright said."We tried to focus our kids on being intense no matter who our opponent is. A lot of people got to play tonight -- everybody got to play tonight and that's a lot of fun for the coaches. It was a good overall effort and puts us in good shape for the region championship if we win next week."Dora (7-0, 5-0) faces Madison Academy next week in its next-to-last region contest.New Hope (0-7, 0-5) was helpless against Dora's first-string defense. The Indians fumbled nine times in the first half alone, losing three, and they had a total of 16 yards of offense until Wright put in Dora's second string late in the second quarter.The Bulldogs scored a pair of touchdowns in the second and third quarter.Jason Rouse made the score 35-0 with a four-yard run into the end zone at the 8:51 mark of the second quarter and Harrison added a 16-yard scamper six minutes later as Dora built a 42-0 lead. New Hope finally got on the scoreboard with 22 seconds left in the half when James Watkins broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run.Dora kept its offensive charge going in the second half. Pierce added his third touchdown, a five-yard run, early in the third quarter and eighth-grade quarterback Marquis Chapel added a five-yard touchdown pass to Justin Phillips late in the quarter. Eric Woods scored Dora's final touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when he took the ball in from 51 yards out.For the game, Chapel led Dora's running attack, picking up 138 yards on nine carries. Harrison added 94 yards on just six carries, Pierce had 54 yards on five attempts and Woods picked up 71 yards on four rushes.

Dora Mauls Madison Academy
by Rick Watson
The Dora Bulldogs have scored a total of 286 points so far this season and posted impressive numbers in Friday night’s 59-21 route of Madison Academy. Dora rushed for 323 in the game and and scored 46 points in the first half alone.

Dora has a perfect 8-0 record for the season with a 6-0 record in Class 3A Region 6. Next week the Dawgs face Holly Pond for Homecoming for the final regional game.
Steven Harrison scored early on a five-yard run, early in the first quarter to move the Dawgs out early. Randy Parker tore through the Madison defense for a 57-yard scamper into the endzone. The last of three first-quarter scored came on a 11-yard pass play Jorge Williams to Chase Pierce.

Parker ripped off another 55-yard run in the second quarter for a touchdown and Pierce scampered 46 yards for another. Justin Blevins got the defense on the scoreboard with the 48-yard return of an interception. Jason Rouse capped the scoring in the second quarter with a three-yard touchdown. By the end of the second quarter, it was all over but the shouting.

Dora scored twice in the third quarter when Steven Berry took the ball in from the nine yard line and Marquis Chapel returned a Madison Academy punt for 80 for a touchdown.

Dora Beat Holly Pond on Homecoming 55-6

The Dora Bulldogs moved to 9 and 0 by beating Holly Pond easily. Everybody got into the action. Jenny Smith was crowned Homecoming Queen for 2002 and Courtney Ellis was crowned princess.

Dora Completes a Perfect Regular Season with Win Over Curry
The Dora Bulldogs ended a perfect regular season with a 44-8 romp over rival Curry on Friday night. This win was very gratifying to me. I heard two women talking in the bank recently and one woman was saying how good Dora was this year. The other lady whose son played for Curry said that the reason Dora has won all their games is because they had not played anyone. All I can say is that they played everyone on their schedule. Perhaps the Bulldogs haven't played that many strong opponents, but after the rout of Curry, I think the woman's statement still stands.....Go Dawgs!

Dora Bulldogs Hold off Susan Moore 14-7
by Rick Watson
The Dora Bulldogs faced their biggest challenge of the season on Friday night as they defeated Susan Moore in the first round of the playoffs. This was a very hard fought victory for the Dawgs after an emotionally wrenching week. On Wednesday night, Courtney Ellis, one of Dora High School's Cheerleaders, was tragically killed in an automobile accident.
The loss weighed heavily on the team. The first quarter they seemed somewhat distracted and not as sharp as they have been all year. The score was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. It was obvious that Susan Moore had come to play.The Dawgs did manage to add a touchdown just before the half to move out front 7-0.
I've never seen a more hard hitting high school game.
Later in the game, the Dawgs scored what everyone thought was an insurance score, but with about 3 minutes left, Susan Moore's quarterback connected for a 69 yard touchdown pass. The extra point pulled the Bulldogs from Blount County to within 7. They tried an on sides kick but it failed and after several tries that involved penalties, Dora finally got the ball. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief.... until the Dawgs turned the ball over on their own 39 yard line.
The defense batted down two passes in the end zone and held Susan Moore on forth and long to advance in the playoffs.
There was a sign on the athletic building that said "Keep those cameras rolling, we lost a cheerleader, but we gained an angel." I think the Bulldogs played with all their hearts and I have to believe that it made our Angel smile.

A Sad Day At Dora High
I heard the words, but they did not register in my brain. It was too hard to comprehend. Courtney Ellis, a 16 year old at Dora High was killed on Wednesday night in an automobile accident in Dora. She was in the Homecoming court and I shot pictures of her on the field less than two weeks ago.
This seems to happen much too often. It's so very hard to lose someone at any age, but when fate takes one so young, so full of promise, it is very hard to take.
I have no details about what happened, and I cannot begin to comprehend what Courtney's family must be going through. All I can manage is to ask you all to keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers

Perfect Dora Keeps on Winning
Bulldogs Head to Third Round

Mountain Eagle Sports Editor
Published November 16, 2002 2:10 AM CST
DORA -- Dora senior running back Steven Harrison was upset entering Friday night's second-round playoff game against Central-Florence.
Harrison was coming off a poor performance last week and was ready to hit the field.
"Steven actually came up to me and said, 'Coach, I'm sorry I played so bad,'" Dora coach Johnny Wright said of last week's first-round playoff game. "He was embarrassed about it. He couldn't wait to get out here tonight."
By the time the final seconds ticked off the clock Friday night, Harrison was all smiles and his performance from a week ago was forgotten.
Harrison rushed for 194 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries as Dora rolled past Central-Florence 43-21. The win puts Dora in the third-round of the Class 3A state playoffs. The Bulldogs (12-0) will travel to Litchfield (11-1) next week.
Harrison, a senior, never let up regardless of the score. If the ball was in his hands, he was going all out.
He admitted to being a little ticked off about last week's 60-yard performance against Susan Moore.
"I was fired up," said Harrison. "Last week I had a bad game. I felt I had to play better this time. Coach said that we had an opportunity this week. He said if we get the chance, take advantage of it. We did. These are the best times of my life."
In the game, Harrison scored on runs of 32, 9, 15 and 1 yards.
Whenever the Wildcats pulled within a touchdown, there was Harrison, bulldozing his way down the field.
"I got some great blocking. I couldn't have done it without the line," Harrison added.
Wright was also quick to credit the offensive line.
"The offensive line did a great job opening holes. Nate Corley was outstanding," Wright said.
Corley just hopes Dora run doesn't end here.
This season has been a complete turnaround from Corley's sophomore season when the Bulldogs went 0-10.
"I'm just glad to be here. We're going to take it one game at a time right now," said Corley. "I'm just thankful that Coach Wright and his staff are here. I mean 12-0, that's unbelievable."
Dora entered the game short a running back. Sophomore Chase Pierce, who had close to 1,000 yards on the season, was unable to play after breaking his arm.
Jason Rouse filled the void nicely, rushing for 154 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
"Rouse did a great job at fullback. We needed someone to step up and he did. We've had people fill in like that all year," Wright added.
After a scoreless first quarter, Dora took a 6-0 lead less than a minute into the second quarter when Jorge Williams hooked up with Randy Parker for an 18-yard touchdown.
Central countered nine minutes later when quarterback Nathan Russ snuck into the end zone from one yard out on third-and-goal. The extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-6 lead.
That's when Harrison got down to business.
On Dora's next possession, Harrison completed a three-play, 57-yard scoring drive with a 32-yard scamper into the end zone.
Dora took a 14-7 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs seemed in control early in the second half when Harrison went into the end zone from nine yards out to give Dora a 21-7 advantage, but Central-Florence (8-4) wasn't done yet.
The Wildcats pulled within six points when Nathan Russ hooked up with Shane Condrey for a 27-yard touchdown. Eric Moore threw to Chris Woods for a two-point conversion to cut the lead to six at 21-15.
That would be as close as the Wildcats would get.
Harrison added a 15-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining in the quarter. Central-Florence again pulled within a score. This time Otis Sistrunk hit Eric Moore for a 56-yard touchdown pass with 11:29 remaining in the game.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, their defense was no match for Dora's running attack.
Harrison put the game away with a one-yard run around left end on fourth down. Rouse set up the touchdown with an 11-yard first down run and a 20-yard run that gave Dora the ball at the Central-Florence 10-yard line.
The score put Dora ahead 36-21 with 7:34 remaining.
Dora put the icing on the win with 3:57 remaining when Rouse scored on a two-yard run.
The Bulldogs will need another big game from its running backs next week against Litchfield. The Eagles won 35-16 over Lauderdale County Friday night.
Wright says his team will be ready.
"I promise you one thing. We will be ready to play next week," he said.

Bulldog Season Ends With Loss ot Litchfield.

The season ended with a loss to Litchfield, but it was a great season for the Dawgs.

I didn't get to go the the first game of the season. I had commitments that prevented that trip to Cordova. In years past, this game has always been a big rival for Dora and when I heard the score I was pleasantly surprised. Thinking to myself "Hey that's Great!"
But Dora has had a dry spell for a while and I didn't dare get my hopes up. Then came game two against Vinemont. It wasn't even close. We spanked that team hands down. I started thinking, "Something is different."
Indeed something was different with this team.
I could feel the community start to get excited about the season. Then it became almost routine...something that we expected. When I attended my first game of the season at Dora, it was like a carnival. People were laughing and having a great time. Our team continued to excel. The photographs I shot showed a team, a band, cheerleaders, dancers and fans that were having the time of their life.
Then tragedy struck with the death of Courtney Ellis who was a cheerleader for the Bulldogs and we all had to step back and put things into perspective. Coach Wright put it well when he said "She was the kind of person that the entire school is going to miss. This was a terrible tragedy and it shows us how important life is and reminds us that football is just a game."
After Courtney's death, the team struggled against Susan Moore in the first round of the playoffs, but they persevered and won the game 14-7. The following week, they looked more impressive with a convincing win.
The loss in Friday night's game against Litchfield ended the 2002 season for the Bulldogs. But I just wanted to say this: I admire this team. I cannot remember a team that has played with more heart. I believe the team, the band, the coaches, and the cheerleaders were a gift to our community. They gave us the opportunity to hold our heads high and be proud of our team and our school.
Thank You Bulldogs, it's been a fun ride.
Rick Watson, Class of 68

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Below is the 2002 Schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Kickoff Time  
Aug. 31st (Saturday.) Cordova Away WON 20-18 Cordova
Sept 6th (Friday ) Vinemont Away WON 44-12 Vinemont
Sept. 13th (Friday) Hanceville Home WON 35-14 Hanceville
Sept. 20th (Friday) Good Hope Away WON 24-21 Good Hope
Sept. 27th (Friday) Sulligent Home WON 16-7 Sulligent
Oct. 4th (Friday) Locust Fork Home WON 48-8 Locust Fork
Oct. 11th (Friday) New Hope Home WON 63-22 New Hope
Oct. 18th (Friday) Madison Academy Away WON 59-21 Madison Academy
Oct. 25th (Friday) Holly Pond Homecoming WON 55-6 Holly Pond
Nov. 1st (Friday) Curry Away WON 44-8 Curry
  Susan Moore   WON 14-7 Susan Moore
  Central Florence   WON 43-21 Central Florence
  Litchfield   Lost  


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