Bulldogs has its way with Walker in season finale
Story from Daily Mountain Eagle
The Dora Bulldogs picked up an impressive win heading into the playoffs. Dora beat Walker 22-2 at Ki-Ro/Gambrell Field Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Bulldogs improved their record to 8-2 and have now won seven of their last eight games. Dora also earned its first victory over Walker since 2006, putting an end to the Vikings five-game series win streak.
Walker also saw its five-game win streak this year come to an end, dropping to 6-4. The Vikings hold the 3rd spot in Region 6 of the Class 5A state playoffs with a 5-2 region mark and will travel to 6th-ranked Fort Payne (8-1) next Friday.
Dora holds the 3rd spot in 4A, Region 5 after finishing region play 5-2 and travels to Brooks (7-2) next Friday for its 1st-round playoff opener. The Bulldogs scored first when Cody Staten picked up a 13-yard touchdown run with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter. After Jacob Hicks added the extra-point attempt, the Bulldog led 7-0.
Caleb May converted a 3rd-and-12 earlier in the drive, leading to the touchdown. The Vikings picked up a safety on the opening kickoff of the second half after Dora struggled to get possession and dove on the live ball in its own end zone, cutting Walker's deficit to 7-2 early in the third quarter. The Bulldogs maintained a five-point edge until midway through the fourth quarter when DeAngelo Pendelton scored on an 8-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-goal. May added a two-point conversion run and the Bulldogs led 15-2 with 6:02 left in the game.
Pendelton had an interception on Walker's next offensive play and DeMarcus Kirk added a late rushing touchdown for a 22-2 lead after another extra-point by Hicks with two minutes remaining.
The score was tied 0-0 after the first quarter before Dora took leads of 7-0 at halftime and 7-2 at the third-quarter's end. Walker fumbled twice deep near the Dora 10-yard line and missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter. Dora forced a turnover on downs after holding on a pair of 4th-down attempts by Walker in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs finished with 256 total yards, 231 of which came on the ground. Walker managed 226 total yards, 124 passing and 102 rushing. Dora was led by May, who ran 19 times for 146 yards and threw for 25 more.
Staten was held to 55 yards on 20 carries while Dante Smith caught one pass for 31 yards and Kirk added a 10-yard reception. Devante Bell had eight tackles for Dora while Cade Stone added six tackles and a fumble recovery. Andrew Alexander had a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs. For Walker, Tyler Phillips had 57 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
Carson Roberts went 13-for-27 with 124 yards and an interception.
Chancellor Allen caught four passes for 42 yards and DaShuan Kendrick added 34 yards receiving on four receptions. Austin Mansell recorded 12 tackles for Walker while Jonathan Piteo added 11.
Walker's Que'drekas Key picked up his third interception of the year. The Vikings now own a 42-11 all-time series record against the Bulldogs.
Story courtesy of The Daily Mountain Eagle.