Derrick Gardner hauls in a pass for a touchdown |
Dora Wins Region
in a Squeaker
If anyone from Dora thought the game against
the Corner Yellow Jackets was going to be a cakewake, they were mistaken.
The 10th ranked Bulldogs had their hands full but managed to eek out a
35 to 30 victory to clinch the 4A Regional Championship.
The game was an offensive shootout with the Dogs piling up 486 yards 443
of which came on the ground. The Eric Woods show continued this week with
251 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Bennie Long also had a hot
night by hitting 5-of-5 point after attempts.
The Jackets, on their first possession, drove down the field and scored
first with a field goal.
The Dawgs roared back to score a touchdown on an 73 yard scamper by Eric
Woods. The Dora faithful breathed a sigh of relief, but it was much too
early to bring out the cigars.
Corner came storming back on its next possession
when Manning hit Peters for a 30-yard touchdown to put the
Yellow Jackets up 10-7 with 2:02
left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, quarterback Jorge Williams
hit Derrik Gardner for the first of his two touchdown catches which made
the score 14 to 10.
Late in the second quarter Dora looked to
add to its lead, but Kyle Hayes stepped in front of Williams' pass attempt
and returned the interception 65 yards to give the Yellow Jackets a 17-14
On the kickoff for the second half Dora raised
the bar with a crushing tackle of Corner's return man. The defense held
tough and stopped the Jackets and then promptly took the ball down the
field aided by an 81 yard dash by Eric Woods on their first posession
of the second half and scored to go ahead. The Bulldogs added to their
lead when Chapel scored from 12 yards out with 5:20 left in the third
Corner wouldn't quit.
The Yellow Jackets charged back into the
game when Manning scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak to cut the Dora
lead to 28-23 with 11:19 left in the game.
Chapel answered with Dora's final score of
the night on an eight-yard run.
Corner added one more score, when Ken Thomas
reached pay dirt after a 29-yard run.
"I'm not pleased with our effort tonight, but a win is a win and
this makes us region champs," Dora head coach Johnny Wright said.
"At this time of year, you want to be playing your best football.
We didn't do that tonight. You have to give Corner credit. They fought
until the very end. It was a good football game."
The Bulldogs return to action next week when
they travel to Morris for a game with the Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils.
here for photos of the game NOTE: Some of the photos taken by Glenn Allen