Bulldogs too much for Tarrant
by Chad Key (From the Daily Mountain Eagle)
TARRANT — Dora dominated on both sides of the ball, capitalizing on two Tarrant fumbles and good field position as they downed the Wildcats 37-6 and picked up their second Class 4A, Region 5 win.
"Every win is a big win," said Dora head coach Dusty Goode.
"Tonight our kids played well on both sides of the ball and came up with big plays for us. Our defense was able to get pressure and force some turnovers.
That helped the offense with good field position early in the game."
Dora converted on all four first half possessions as they started out on the Wildcats' side of the field three of those times. Quarterback Caleb May got them started with a 4-yard scamper in for the score.
He would also find Deangelo Pendelton from 22-yards out for his only passing touchdown in the second quarter. Demarcus Kirk led the ground game early rushing for 82 yards on nine carries with two scores from 27- and 5-yards out.
Cody Stanten would get rolling in the second half toting the ball 13 times for 115 yards with a 26-yard touchdown. "The coaches worked with us all week and did a good job to get us ready," said Kirk.
"The offensive line opened the holes and we just ran through them."
Tarrant's offense couldn't get anything going gaining 72 yards through three quarters and finished with just 167. Their last drive proved to be their best as they marched 95 yards in eight plays to get their only score. It came off a 9-yard pass to Tevin Beal from Johnathan Rattliffe. Rattliffe led the Wildcats offense passing for 98 yards on 11-of-17.
He also rushed for 16 yards on 12 carries. "Turnovers are always crucial in a game," said Tarrant coach Eric Johnson. "Especially when you are the one turning the ball over.
With our offense sputtering like it is this season, we can't afford to put the ball on the ground and tonight we did. I'm proud of our players not giving up.
They came back and scored late. But we also lost on a fumble when we had it on the two yard line. You just can't have that." Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle