|Dora - Walker
A Game to Remember
I suppose it is possible that a more exciting high school football
game was played somewhere on the planet Friday night, but my mind
cannot of conceive it. Dora, the 6th ranked 4A team facing the Walker
Vikings, the 9th ranked 6A team in the state faced off on Friday night.
The stands were packed on both sides of the field and the ABC 33/40
communications truck was parked on the hill near the 40 yard line
and sports cameramen were shooting every play. The crowd was rowdy
and a group of kids were shirtless with letters painted on their chests
that read GO BULLDOGS.
Spirits were high as the coin was tossed. Walker won and chose to
receive. The Vikings looked like a college team on the field.
Scoreboard Tells the Story
|When the whistle blew and play began, Walker
marched down the field and scored 7 points before the lights got warm.
Not to worry, the Dogs were pumped. Quarterback Jorge Williams hit
a wide open tight end right between the numbers, but he couldn't find
the handle and the ball fell to the turf. The drive stalled without
scoring and Walker quickly scored again. It looked like size was going
to be a huge factor as the Vikings defense backed the Dawgs up deep
in their own territory and a bad snap from center forced the punter
to kick the ball back into their own end zone for a safety to avoid
a Viking touchdown....Walker16 Dora Zip. Walker added another score
before the half to push the score to 23 - 0.
At this point, even the Dora faithful were concerned. There were a
few on the sidelines that were calling in plays, second guessing the
coaches' game plan. The tension was palatable. I never heard a discouraging
word from the sideline.
Late in the second half, Dora had the ball. There were a lot of long
faces and the fans had ceased to be a factor. All of a sudden Chase
Pierce took a handoff from quarterback Jorge Williams and dragged
the right side of Walker's massive line for 8 yards. He burst out
of the pile like a Phoenix and raced back to the huddle fired up....that
was the spark. All of a sudden, the Dawgs came alive and started moving
the ball and the fans got back into the game. Dora scored and everyone
breathed a sigh of relief.
I'm not sure what the coaches said to the team during half time, but
apparently it was something they needed to hear because except for
one field goal, the second half belonged to the Dora Bulldogs. They
scored enough to bring the score to 20-26.
Late in the fourth quarter, Jorge Williams connected with a Dora halfback
on the Walker sideline and he raced 40 yards to tie the score 26 to
26. The crowd was hysterical. Apparently the refs were not as emotionally
involved because Dora got flagged for celebration. The touchdown counted,
but the penalty backed the ball up too far and Dora missed the extra
point. Coach Wright was livid. He spoke at length to the refs but
to no avail. To his credit, he got hot but he kept his cool. The other
coaches kept the team calm and focused.
With the score tied, Dora had one more shot during regulation play
to win the game. Jorge Williams threw a perfect pass to Marquis Chappel.
It appeared that Marquis was held in the end zone by a Viking defender,
but he still almost caught the pass with one arm. No flag was thrown.
Time expired and the game went into overtime.
Walker won the right to have the ball first and overtime play began
on the 10 yard line. The undersized Dora defense held tough for four
downs stopping the Vikings on the 6 yard line a field goal attempt
missed wide to the right.
Dora got a fresh set of downs on the 10 yard line. On the first play
from scrimmage the Dogs got stuffed for a short loss. The second play,
Marquis Chappel danced through the line untouched for a touchdown
and the stadium broke out into pandemonium. The final score, Dora
32 and Walker 26. All the players and cheerleaders and hundreds of
fans met in the middle of the field to celebrate.
I have never seen a group of kids play with so much heart. A lot of
teams would have given up and would have been slaughtered by a larger
foe. But the Dora Bulldogs clawed and scratched and gave 200% and
they never gave up.
This is the first time Dora has defeated Walker since 1994. Dora moved
their record to 4 and 0 for the year and they have won 24 straight
regular season games.
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