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Dora 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
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He made several big runs for us, but he also did a good job blocking and was a key player on the defensive side as well.”
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 conversion.
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 half.
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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