Whips the Devils 35 to 7
By James Phillips
MORRIS – On a chilly night in Morris, Marquis Chapel proved
to be the spark that started the Dora Bulldogs’ fire. The
sophomore running back rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns
on just eight carries in leading Dora to a 35-7 win over the Mortimer
Jordan Blue Devils.
Chapel broke open the game with touchdown runs of 96, 76 and 20
yards. Dora head coach Johnny Wright said he expected one of his
backs to have a big night.
“It was Marquis’ turn tonight,” Wright said. “You
never know which one of our guys is going to have the big game.
The last few weeks, it was Eric (Woods). This week, it was Marquis.
|He made several big runs for us, but he also
did a good job blocking and was a key player on the defensive side
The Dora defense also came up big by holding the Blue Devils’
1,000-yard rusher, Jeffrey Dent to only 87 yards on 20 carries.
“Our defense played well tonight,” Wright said. “That
back of theirs is a load. He’s as good a running back as you
will see. I thought all four of our linebackers made big plays and
really stepped up tonight.”
Both teams played to a scoreless tie after one quarter. Dora opened
the night’s scoring at the 11:41 mark of the second quarter,
when quarterback Jorge Williams hooked up with Justin Bussey for an
11-yard score. On the point after attempt, the snap was high to holder
Bussey, who decided to pick the ball up and run with it. While rolling
to the sideline, Bussey located C.J. Austin and hit him for the 2-point
Chapel added the game’s next score with a 96-yard touchdown
run. On his way to the endzone, Chapel broke three tackles and ran
through one Blue Devil defender. Dora led 14-0 at the end of the first
Both teams’ offenses struggled in the third quarter and the
score would remain the same until 11:33 of the fourth quarter when
Woods broke free on a 67-yard scoring run. Chapel added touchdown
runs of 20 and 76 yards later in the quarter to end the Bulldogs scoring
for the night and give Dora a 35-0 advantage.
Mortimer Jordan was able to break into the scoring column with 22
seconds left in the game when J.P. Motte hit Patrick Dollar on an
11-yard scoring strike. Patrick Bailey added the extra point to cut
the final deficit to 35-7.
With the win, the No. 8-ranked Bulldogs improved to 9-1 on the season.
Dora will now host Ardmore in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs
next week. Dora had prepared to play Guntersville, but Wright said
he found out on Friday Guntersville had to forfeit their games this
season for playing an ineligible player.
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