Dora drops a heartbreaker to Mortimer Jordan
Story by Brian Hale
The Daily Mountain Eagle
DORA — The Dora Bulldogs’ JaQuan Towns was on the top of his game on Friday night.
The junior scored all four of Dora’s touchdowns, while rushing for 108 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 77 yards for the contest. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it would not be enough to secure a victory, as Dora (1-1) fell to the Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils, 38-31 at Horace Roberts Stadium in Dora.
After a first half that saw the teams combine for just 200 total yards of offense, both offenses ran rampant in the second half — with Mortimer Jordan outgaining Dora 365-329.
Penalties factored into the problems for Dora as well, with the Bulldogs being flagged 13 times.
Offensively, Ki Babbs contributed with 73 rushing yards on 16 carries, while Charles Clay ran for 68 yards on 15 carries.
A.J. Smoot led the Dora defense with eight tackles, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback sack.
Dora scored on their first possession of the game, capping off a 6-play, 70 yard drive with a 35-yard run by Towns. Jack Spradlin’s successful extra point kick put the Bulldogs ahead, 7-0.
Both offenses were unable to find the endzone until midway through the second quarter, when Mortimer Jordan scored on an 8-play, 40-yard drive. After running the ball in for two points, the Blue Devils took the lead, 8-7.
Dora regained the scoring advantage prior to halftime with a 28-yard field goal for a 10-8 edge. The Bulldogs began the third quarter with a grinding, 15-play drive that ended with Towns scoring from four yards out. Spradlin connected again for the extra point to extend Dora’s lead to 17-8.
The Blue Devils responded with a long drive of their own, scoring on a 15-yard run to draw within a point, 17-16, after a successful two-point run.
The fourth quarter began with the Blue Devils finding the endzone from 38-yards out to pull ahead, 24-17 after a two-point conversion.
Dora quickly answered on the first play of the ensuing drive with a 59-yard touchdown run from Towns to tie the game at 24-24 after Spradlin’s extra point kick.
Mortimer Jordan took control on the following possession on a 70-yard run for a 34-24 lead after a two-point try.
After holding the Bulldogs on downs, the Blue Devils added six points to the score after an 18-yard run. Dora was able to stop the two-point play, while Mortimer Jordan pulled further ahead, 38-24.
Dora, however, wasn’t finished. On the second play of the next series, Steven Gosha hit Towns for a 77-yard touchdown strike that pulled the Bulldogs within a score, 38-31 after Spradlin’s kick.Mortimer Jordan was able to run time off the clock and pin Dora on their own 10-yard line in the final minute of the game — a deficit the Bulldogs were unable to overcome in the 38-31 loss.
Dora will host the Carver-Birmingham Rams in a Region 5 showdown next week.