Slide to Easy Victory over Holt
By James Phillips
DORA – After a questionable defensive effort in their opener last
week, the No. 9-ranked Dora Bulldogs shut down the Holt Ironmen 28-0 on
a sloppy Horace Roberts Field Friday night.
After allowing Cordova to control the ball
in last week’s 35-3 win, Dora’s defense was challenged this
week by its coaching staff. The Bulldogs answered the challenge by holding
the Ironmen to 66 total yards in the game and only three first downs. Dora
head coach Johnny Wright said his defense took their criticism and used
it as motivation this week.
kids really stepped up this week,” Wright said. “They accepted
our challenge and really played well tonight. There was some vicious licks
out there and that is what football is all about.”
|Not wanting its defense to hog the
spotlight, the Dora offense continued to click by amassing 479 total yards,
401 of which came on the ground. Eight different Bulldogs carried the ball
on the night. Sophomore wingback Marquis Chapel led the team with 139 yards
and a touchdown on seven carries. Derrick Gardner added 121 yards on 17
“Our offense had another good game,” Wright added. “They
tried to throw a lot of stunts and things like that at us, but we did a
good job of checking off. Our guys are really smart and know the game of
football. This is a good start to Region play in 4A for us. Holt has got
a lot more athletes than what we’ve seen. They are going to be a good
Holt head coach Tracy Dunn admitted his team was overmatched, but did praise
“I thought we played well,” Dunn said. “The effort was
there, but Dora has a special football team. They have great athletes and
are well coached. They are at a level that we want to get to. They have
the ability to beat you in every phase of the game. They will be a force
in not only our region, but in all of 4A.”
The only negative for Dora (2-0, 1-0 in Class 4A, Region 5) on the night
would be its four fumbles, but the fumbles could be attributed to the wet
weather and sloppy conditions. On the night, the two teams combined for
After fumbling on their first drive, the Bulldogs marched down the field
in five plays on its second possession. Chase Pierce scored from two yards
out to give Dora a 6-0 advantage at the 3:23 mark of the first quarter.
On Holt’s next possession, the Dora defense forced the Ironmen to
punt. After a bad snap, the Holt punter decided to punt the ball out of
the back of his own endzone, which gave the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead with 1:46
left in the first quarter.
Four plays later, Eric Woods scored on a 6-yard scamper to increase Dora’s
advantage to 15-0 with only 17 ticks left in the first.
Chapel highlighted the second quarter with an 84-yard run for a score with
9:02 left before halftime. Dora held a 21-0 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs final score of the night came with 34 seconds left in the third
quarter when Jorge Williams connected with Justin Bussey on a 19-yard scoring
Holt threatened to score on its next possession when Allen Stewart returned
the ensuing kickoff 79 yards to the Dora 5. The Bulldogs’ defense
held tough and kept the Ironmen out of the endzone.
“We had the one breakdown on the kick return, but our guys didn’t
quit,” Wright said. “It would have been easy to just let him
score since we had a big lead, but we’ve preached to always tackle
them and make them snap it again. It was a great goalline stand and that
should give us a lot of confidence.”
Dora will need the confidence this week as
they travel to also unbeaten Oak Grove (2-0, 1-0 in region) for a Class
4A, Region 5 showdown.
here to see photos of the game, the band, and the fans.