Dora Bulldogs Start the Season with a Bang - Spanking Cordova 45-8
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DORA — The 75th meeting between the Cordova Blue Devils and the Dora Bulldogs proved to be a mismatch as Dora cruised to a 45-8 victory behind a strong running game and a stifling defense.
The Bulldogs held the Blue Devils to 114 total yards while gaining 254 yards on the ground. Dora also capitalized on two Cordova turnovers that eventually led to 15 points, and took advantage of good field position throughout the night.
It added up to a great debut for Dora Coach Dusty Goode, who earned his victory as a head coach after previously serving as defensive coordinator at Thompson High School.
"We've still got a long way to go, but I'm very proud of our kids tonight," Goode said. "Our players and coaches did an excellent job in preparing for this game and it showed in the way we executed.
Our players and our community needed it. Cordova's got a great program and that's what we want to be here at Dora." Caleb May led the Bulldog offense with 166 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
May rushed for 96 yards on 6 carries and returned a 51-yard punt for a score. Cody Staten also had a productive night, carrying the ball for 74 yards on 12 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
Nicholas Miller led the Dora defense with 11 tackles, including 2 tackles for a loss, and forced a fumble. Devante Bell also contributed with 5 tackles, including 2 for a loss, and had a fumble recovery.
Nathan Humphries led the Blue Devils offensively with 66 rushing yards on 14 carries with one touchdown on the ground. He also led the team's defense with 4 tackles. Miller set the tone early in the first quarter for the Dora defense by forcing a Lane Sickles fumble that was recovered by Terryce Johnson. That led to a 4-play, 43-yard drive as Staten took the ball in from 8 yards out. Staten scored on the two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs ahead 8-0. After holding Cordova to a punt on the following series, Dora mounted a 33-yard, 3-play drive as May found Brent Youngblood on a 19-yard strike. Another 2-point conversion by Staten extended the Bulldogs' lead to 16-0.
The Dora defense stepped up again on Cordova's next series, as Youngblood sacked Derrick Simon and forced a fumble that was recovered by Bell, leading to a 4-play, 30-yard drive as May scored on a 30-yard scramble. A successful point-after kick Michael Holley put the Bulldogs ahead 23-0. The Bulldogs began the second quarter by capping off a 4-play, 32-yard drive with a 17-yard run by Staten. Staten scored his third 2-point conversion of the night to pad Dora's lead to 31-0.
Dora added a score to end the first half on a 51-yard punt return by May, with another 2-point conversion run by Staten, to give the Bulldogs a 39-0 edge. May added to the Dora score to begin the second half on a 67-yard run. The missed extra point pulled the Bulldogs ahead 45-0. The Blue Devils got on the board following a 2-play, 35-yard drive as Humphries scored on a 34-yard run. Sickles took the ball in for the 2-point conversion to reach the 45-8 final. "This is all about the players and our assistant coaches.
They did a great job," Goode said, praising assistant coaches: Pete Bush, Heath Saint, Hezzie Morgan, Eric Tolbert and Michael Bridges. Dora travels to Fayette County next Friday to begin region play.
Cordova also begins region play by hosting Holly Pond Thursday. Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle - Dora opens Dusty Goode era with rout of Cordova