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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 attempts.
"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.


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