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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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