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Dora - Wins Homecoming Game
Story and photo by James Phillips
DORA – Despite not having three starters due to injury, sixth-ranked Dora earned a 41-25 victory Friday night.
Derrick Gardner rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown, while Chase Pierce added 110 yards and a score on 11 carries to pace Dora’s ground troops. The rushing attack finished with 313 yards on the ground, even with two starters on the offensive line missing the game. Marquis Chapel continued to be a main cog in the Bulldogs’ offense by running for a score and catching a touchdown.

“Injuries put a damper on things and changes what you can do,” Dora head coach Johnny Wright said. “Our kids stepped up. Some that hadn’t played in a while had to step in there and play, and they did a good job.”
Montevallo (2-3, 1-2 in region) racked up 384 total yards on the usually stingy Dora defense. Tailback A.J. Ward finished with 131 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Cory Lovelady led the Montevallo receiving corps with 112 yards and a touchdown on six receptions.
“I’ve got to give Montevallo credit,” Wright added. “They have a good football team. They are well coached and have a lot of class and character. They stuffed us early. We just hung with our stuff and it ended up working.”
The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 5 play. The victory also runs their consecutive regular season win streak to 25.
Both teams’ offenses struggled early in the game. Neither team was able to put points on the board in the first quarter. Dora managed to cross the goalline after eight seconds had ticked off the clock in the second quarter. Chapel opened the game’s scoring with a 5-yard run. Dora added another score just over a minute later on a 1-yard run by Pierce.
Montevallo was able to cut the deficit to 14-6 at the 5:10 mark of the second quarter when Ward scored from 12 yards out.
Dora answered with a 9-play drive that was capped off by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jorge Williams to Derrick Gardner. The play put Dora up 21-6 at halftime.
The third quarter proved to be almost a mirror image of the first. Both offenses struggled for most of the quarter. Montevallo broke out of the funk first when Ward scored on a 54-yard scamper with 2:56 left in the third quarter.
Dora wasted no time in answering again as Williams hit Chapel on a 34-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 28-13.
The fourth quarter was highlighted by a 2-yard plunge into the endzone by Williams and a 53-yard touchdown run by Gardner as Dora went on to the victory.
Click here for photos of the game.
Homecoming Parade 2004
The parade kicked off on Friday just after 2:00 p.m. hundreds of people lined up along the road near the Dora and Sumiton Shopping Centers. The kids were excited and waited in the heat for the parade to begin. The band and several floats paraded by. Many kids also rode fire engines from the area and they threw out candy and other things to the kids alone the parade route.

Click here for pictures of the parade and the crowd.

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