Dora wins region title with rout of Jemison 39-8
Story courtesy of The Daily Mountain Eagle by Braxton Whitlow
JEMISON — The Dora Bulldogs entered Friday night’s contest against Jemison on a mission.
That mission was to win a 4A region 4 championship.
Dora accomplished just as the Bulldogs downed the Jemison Panthers on the road 39-8.
The Panthers received the ball to begin the game but the tenacious Dora defense forced a three and out. Brantley Whitlow came up with a big tackle for loss as the Panthers tried to convert on a third-and-one.
The Panthers were then forced to punt.
Dora’s offense then went to work. Quarterback Caleb May scored his first of two rushing touchdowns on the night. May snuck in from a yard out and Austin Gordy added the PAT to make the score 7-0. The score remained 7-0 after one quarter of play.
The Dora offense then struck again on the first play of the second quarter.
May connected with a wide open Deangelo Pendleton for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Gordy added another PAT to push the Bulldogs lead to 14-0.
The Bulldogs would add a couple more touchdowns before the half.
Kai Thomas scored from 7 yards out midway through the quarter. Another Gordy kick made the score 21-0.
After another big stop by the Dora defense, May scored his second rushing touchdown of the game. This time it was a 5-yard run with less than a minute left before the half. Dora led 28-0 at the break.
The Bulldog offense got the ball to start the second half but turned the ball over inside the red zone after eating about 5 minutes off the clock. The Dora defense forced another three-and-out for the Panthers. The punt sailed over the punters head and through the end zone resulting in a Bulldog safety to make the score 30-0. The score remained 30-0 after the third quarter. The Panthers were finally able to find the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Jacob Hatch hooked up with Kortlin Zeigler for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Hatch then found Zeigler on the 2-point conversion to make the score 30-8.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in answering back. Thomas scored his second touchdown of the night on the first play of the ensuing possession.
Thomas scampered 61-yards to put the Bulldogs out in front 37-8 with just under 9 minutes left in the game. The Dora offense once again turned the ball over in the red zone after another Jemison punt.
Dora’s Joel Parrish then recorded the Bulldogs second safety of the night as he tackled a Panther receiver in the end zone on a swing pass. This made the final score 39-8.
The Bulldogs were led by Thomas’ 165 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns. Demarcus Kirk had 116 yards on 13 carries while May finished the night with 71 yards on 8 rushes and 2 touchdowns. May was also 4-of-8 passing for 44 yards. Jemison was led by Kevin King who had 50 yards on 12 carries while Keyshawn Jemison had 18 yards on 3 rushes. Quarterback Jacob Hatch was 12-of-21 passing with 139 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs earned the 10th region/area championship in school history and the first since 2004.
Dora head coach Johnny Wright was very pleased with his team’s effort Friday night.
“We challenged the kids all week in practice and they stepped up tonight. They were focused all week and came ready to play tonight,” Wright said. He also spoke highly of his defense, “We told them all week that the defense was going to be the key to winning this game. We were able to shut them down and really limit the big plays,” he added.
Wright thought the offense was just as impressive.
“Kai Thomas and our other backs had an outstanding game, but you have to give a lot of credit to our offensive line as well.” He then had this to say about the region championship, “It is good for our kids and our community as well. Our community is so backing and they have shown great support all season long,” he said.
The Bulldogs look to finish the region portion of their schedule next week as they will host the winless Carbon Hill Bulldogs for homecoming at Horace-Roberts field.
From the Daily Mountain Eagle
by Staff Reports
MUSCLE SHOALS — It took almost 18 full quarters, a tipped pass, and a pass interference call, but Muscle Shoals' defense finally gave up a touchdown in the 2012 season.
That was about the only thing that went wrong for the Trojans, as they dominated previously undefeated Dora 38-6.
Muscle Shoals churned out 293 rushing yards and 340 total yards behind the tailback duo of Jamarcus Nance and Tyler Jackson. Nance rushed for 112 yards on 10 carries while Jackson rushed for 83 yards on eight carries. The Trojan defense, meanwhile, held Dora to just 119 total yards with 65 of those yards coming on two plays.
Muscle Shoals took advantage of 2-yard punts on each of Dora's first two possessions to score its first two touchdowns.
The Trojans started at Dora's 45-yard line after the first poor punt and quickly drove for a score in eight plays. Nance capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run that put Muscle Shoals up 6-0 after a bad snap doomed the extra point.
After Dora's second consecutive punt for two yards, the Trojans took over at the Bulldogs' 33-yard line. Jackson took an end around 20-yards for a score on the first play of the second quarter to put Muscle Shoals up 14-0 after Roger Jackson ran in the 2-point conversion.
Muscle Shoals quarterback Ryan Ware didn't have to pass much, but his arm led to the Trojans' next touchdown. On third and 15 from the Dora 28-yard line, Ware hooked up with Jackson on a slant for a 25-yard gain to the 3-yard line. Nance carried it in the end zone on the next play.
Dora then did something that no other team has been able to do against the Trojans this year. The Bulldogs put together a touchdown drive.
Dora got in scoring position with a 31-yard pass that was tipped and caught along the sideline by Kenton Petties at the Trojans’ 21-yard line. A personal foul call then moved the ball to the 11-yard line and a pass interference penalty in the end zone on fourth down gave Dora a first down at the Trojans’ 5-yard line. Dora took advantage of the charity when quarterback Caleb May threw a swing pass to Kai Thomas, who dove into the end zone with 5 seconds left in the first half. The Trojans only allowed Dora to gain 46 yards in the second half, with 34 of those coming on one play in the final minutes against the Trojans backups.
The Trojans scored twice more in the third quarter, the first coming on a 20-yard touchdown run by Nance, his third of the game, and the other on an 8-yard run by Jackson. Blake Logan hit a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
Muscle Shoals, the No. 2 ranked team in Class 5A, now turns its attention to No. 1 ranked Hartselle, which visits the Trojans next Friday.
Dora makes the trip to Bibb County in a key region game next week.
By Jonathan Bentley - Story from The Daily Mountain Eagle
The Bulldogs speedy offensive attack totaled more than 500 yards as Dora opened the season with a 45-6 victory over Cordova at Hudson-Kirby Field Thursday night.
Dora built a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter and never looked back, opening the second Johnny Wright era with a big victory.
Dora specialty on Thursday night — the big play. Of the Bulldogs’ seven touchdowns five went on plays of at least 30 yards. Dora’s shortest touchdown was a 16-yard run.
Kai Thomas led the Bulldogs with 229 rushing yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. He had touchdown runs of 59, 92 and 37 yards. Quarterback Caleb May followed suit with 102 yards and a touchdown (31 yards) on four carries. May also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass.
“Offensively we were explosive, which I thought we might be. We’ve got speed and we used it,” Wright said. “Overall it was a good night for an opening game. I was pleased with our effort as a team.”
Dora opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game. May went 40 yards on the second play from scrimmage and DeMarcus Kirk went into the end zone from 16 yards out two plays later for a 6-0 lead at the 10:16 mark.
The Bulldogs (1-0) needed five plays to score on its next drive. May connected with Kenton Petties for a 18-yard strike to get the ball into Cordova territory. May then outran Cordova defenders down the sideline for a 31-yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs on top 12-0 with 4:53 left in the opening quarter. Dora’s Thomas wasted no time on the Bulldogs’ following possession, bursting through the line for a 59-yard break-away touchdown run at the 1:10 mark of the first.
Dora’s final score of the first half came after a 90-yard, five-minute, 24-second drive. May capped the drive with a 25-yard touchdown strike to Kenton Petties with 24 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs’ defense had its way with Cordova, holding the Blue Devils to just 29 first-half yards.
Dora added a touchdown in the third quarter. The Bulldogs didn’t need a drive this time. Thomas took the handoff at the Dora 8-yard line and weaved his way through Blue Devils defenders and hit the sideline for a 92-yard score to give the Bulldogs a 31-0 lead with 3:02 left in the third.
The Bulldogs added another quick-strike score in the fourth quarter with Thomas going 37-yards for a touchdown on the first play of the quarter for a 39-0 lead.
Cordova finally got into the end zone following a 17-play drive that ate 9:38 off the clock. Jamaal Cooper did the honors, going in from eight yards out to make the score 38-6.
Dora struck back on the ensuing play with Kijuana Babbs breaking free for a 57-yard score with 1:46 left.
For Cordova, which has 20 players who are either sophomores or freshmen, Garrett Woods had 89 yards on 21 carries. Cooper added 44 yards on 11 attempts.
Defensively for Dora, Blake Boshell had four tackles, one sack and one tackle with a loss. Joel Parrish and Kirk each had two tackles for loss. Christian Hogg had two tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss. DeAngelo Pendleton added an interception. Offensively, Petties also caught two passes for 42 yards and a score.
Cordova’s Andrew Minor led the Blue Devils with seven tackles and Jeffre Wingo recovered a fumble.
“I thought Cordova played hard. Coach (Woody) Smothers had a bunch of young kids. We just outsized them and overpowered them a little bit,”added Wright, who is now 7-0 career against the Blue Devils.
Both teams open region play next week. Cordova hosts defending region champ Hamilton next week while Dora hosts Calera.