Special to the Eagle
Published October 06, 2007 3:13 AM CDT
CORNER— The Dora Bulldogs have something to smile about. The
Bulldogs earned their first victory Friday night with a thrilling
41-21 triumph over Corner. It’s the first win at Dora for head
coach Tony Johnson.
Sophomore running back Ja’Michael Swain had a breakout game
for the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball. He stole the show with
203 yards rushing and one touchdown offensively and collected four
interceptions — all in the second half — and returned
one for a score defensively.
Dora (1-5, 1-3) quarterback Kenny Carlton had his best outing
of the season as well. Carlton went 9-for-15 for 110 yards and
Brennan Nash added 80 yards rushing and Dora’s defense yielded
only 60 total yards in the second half.
Corner cracked the scoreboard first when tailback Caleb Hoyle
dove in from one yard out for a 7-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets made it 14-0 in the second quarter when Devin
Cuda went in for a 10-yard score.
On Dora’s ensuing possession, Nash took a handoff on a reverse
and scampered down the right sideline for a 73-yard touchdown.
Nathan Hicks added the extra point to cut it to 14-7.
After a Corner turnover, the Bulldogs took over at the Yellow
Jackets 13-yard line and Carlton found Josh Moore over the middle
for the Bulldogs second touchdown to pull Dora even at 14-14.
Corner’s final score of the first half came when Casey Marcum
broke free around right end on the very next play from scrimmage
for 67 yards.
Corner place kicker Caitlin Geddings made all three PAT’s
for the Jackets.
Dora didn’t allow another point thanks in large part to
Swain. He had an 80-yard run in the third quarter to set up a
4-yard touchdown by Carlton to draw Dora even at 21-21.
After the teams exchanged punts Swain went to work on defense
intercepting the first of four passes.
Carlton connected with Keegan Tarver for Dora’s next score
to hand the Bulldogs their first lead of the year, 28-21.
On Corner’s next possession, Swain intercepted quarterback
Zach Price again at the Yellow Jackets 30-yard line and returned
it for a touchdown.
Swain was not through. With just over a minute to go in the game
and Dora trying to run out the clock, Swain broke free around left
end and raced 78 yards for the final score of the night.
Dora, who improved to 23-5 all-time against Corner, returns home
next week to host the Midfield Patriots.