“This is great for the people of Dora,” Wright said.
“This game is so big for some that they would rather beat
Walker than win a state championship. We played a tremendous game.
I'm proud of our players and our coaches. The coaching staff had
the kids prepared and put them in the right position, and then the
kids went out and made the plays. You can't ask for anything more.”
The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 in Class 4A, Region 5) finished with 499
The Dora ground attack accounted for 302 of those yards.
Sophomore running back Lavertis Towns led the Bulldogs on the ground
with 131 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Towns also caught
three balls for 32 yards and a score. Marquis Chapel also had another
100-yard performance by gaining 112 yards on 19 carries.
Dora’s Whit Wright also scored three total touchdowns.
Wright threw for two scores and 189 yards on 8-of-12 passing, and
the junior quarterback also ran for one touchdown.
“We had a lot of people step up tonight and have big games,”
Johnny Wright said. “Whit may be my son, but he did have a
big game for us. He is improving every game. We are going to need
him to continue to get better as we get into the second half of
The Dora defense also kept Walker in check the entire game.
The Vikings (1-4, 1-2 in Class 5A, Region 6) finished with only
113 total yards and were held to 30 yards on the ground.
“I'm tired of everyone downing our offense,” Walker
head coach Shane Smothers said. “We didn't play well on either
side of the ball tonight. We couldn't stop them and they stopped
us. I said going into the game that they had a lot of playmakers
and if they made plays, we'd be in trouble. Well, they came out
and made the plays. Our kids are upset right now and they are embarrassed,
but that might be exactly what we needed to get out there Monday
and work hard to pick up some region wins and make the playoffs.”
Dora opened the night's scoring with 10:09 left in the first quarter
when Kyle Thompson scored on an 8-yard run.
On their ensuing possession, the Vikings moved the football just
into Dora territory, but were forced to punt.
The Bulldogs took over on their own 18-yard line after the punt.
Ten plays later, Wright squirmed his way through the trenches and
into the end zone for a touchdown to increase the Dora lead to 14-0
with 1:49 to go in the first quarter.
After forcing Walker into another three-and-out, Dora used an 11-play
drive to eat six minutes off the clock. The drive was capped by
a Wright-to-Towns 10-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end
zone. Dora led 21-0 with 6:45 left in the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Walker ran a total of nine plays and finished
with zero yards in the quarter. The Bulldogs mustered one more score
before the half after an 18-yard run by Towns to increase their
halftime lead to 27-0.
“Our guys came out and jumped on them early,” Wright
said. “Dora has been on the other side of lopsided games against
Walker, and that was something our guys talked about at halftime.
We felt good about the first half, but we knew in rivalry games,
it is never over.”
Dora received the second half kickoff and fumbled three plays later.
A 37-yard pass from Cory Wilkes to Jeff Roquet set up the Vikings
only score of the night, a 42-yard field goal from Mark Prevost.
The Bulldogs answered three plays later when Wright hooked up with
Chavis Williams on an 85-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead
The final score of the night came with 4:15 left in the game when
Towns broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run to give Dora the 41-3
Wright said he hoped this game would catapult his team to good
things in region play.
“We needed a big win like this over a good Class 5A team,”
Wright said. “We get into the meat of our region schedule
starting next week. I'm sure Corner won tonight and they will come
into the game 4-1. It will also be homecoming for us so that is
a lot of distractions that are out of our control. Our guys are
going to enjoy this until Monday, but just like every other week,
on Monday we will start focusing on Corner.”
Dora will host Corner next week at Horace Roberts Field, while
Walker returns to region play by hosting Springville.