DORA — The Dora Bulldogs dropped their first Class 5A, Region 5 loss of the season on Friday night, falling to the Ramsey Rams, 55-38 at Horace Roberts Stadium in Dora.
The Bulldogs had little problem accumulating offensive yards on the night, outgaining the Rams 478-391, but four costly turnovers led to 21 Ramsey points and proved to be the deciding factor in the contest.
Dora ran for 382 yards on the night, led by Charles Clay’s 226 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Ki Babbs finished with 130 yards on 18 carries and found the endzone three times. Clay also led the Bulldog defense with six tackles, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack, while A.J. Smoot recorded five tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack and broke up a pass.
The Bulldogs scored the first points of the night on their second possession of the game, driving 37 yards on five plays. Babbs scored his first touchdown of the night on a 21-yard carry to put Dora ahead, 7-0.
Ramsey answered two series later after recovering a muffed punt on a 17-yard run. Stone Smith broke up the two-point conversion to draw the Rams within a point, 7-6. Dora responded on the next series with a six-play, 65-yard drive as Babbs took the ball in from six yards out — extending the lead to 14-6. The Rams began the second quarter by scoring on a six-yard touchdown pass, but the two-point conversion pass was intercepted by Day Day Freemen, leaving Dora in the lead 14-12.
Jack Spradlin kicked a 24-yard field goal after an eight-play, 58-yard drive to give the Bulldogs a 17-12 edge. A flurry of scoring by both teams closed the final minutes of the first half, with Ramsey scoring on a 20-yard pass and successfully converting two points to take its first lead of the game, 20-17. After receiving the kickoff, Clay broke six tackles en route to a 72-yard touchdown run to give Dora the 24-20 advantage.
The Rams regained command of the game after returning the kickoff for a touchdown for a 27-24 halftime edge. Dora opened the second half with a seven-play, 46-yard drive, with Babbs finding the endzone on a five-yard run to regain the lead, 31-27. The next two series for the Bulldogs ended in miscues. After driving to the Ramsey 10-yard line, Steven Gosha was intercepted in the endzone to stop the drive.
On the ensuing series, the Rams drove to the Dora goaline only to be sto
pped by the Bulldog defense on downs. On the next play, Babbs fumbled the ball, which was recovered by a defender and returned for the score and 34-31 advantage for Ramsey. The fourth quarter saw the Rams score 21 points on drives of 40, 46 and 62 to extend their lead to 55-31.
Dora scored a touchdown in the remaining minute of regulation on a 49-yard pass from Gosha to Freeman for the 55-38 final. Dora (2-2, 1-1) travels to Corner (1-2) next week for another region matchup.
Interview with Sara York, Library Media Specialist / Yearbook Adviser
By Emily Barton
Ms. York, please tell us where did you go to school? Dora High School. I later, studied at Bevill State and UAB.
What made you decided to pursue a career in education? I've always enjoyed working with young people.
What do you love/hate about your job? I really love the students; they are such fun to be around. I hate having to drive 45 minutes to get to work.
What is your definition of success? Success is when you enrich someone else's life through your job.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to live at the beach and possibly do some type of community service.
Career Update from Will Justice
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
--- William just graduated from the New York Film Academy, and received a One-Year "Acting for Film" certificate. With a BA in Music, and a One-Year certificate in Acting, he is eligible to pursue his MFA at the New York Film Academy based in Los Angeles, and complete all requirements within a school year.
During his studies in New York City, he was in a music video called "Cheap Sunglasses." The synopsis of this video is that a variety of individuals pass a gypsy woman. Each individual does something that displeases her, and therefore, the gypsies' revenge is a spell that switches the minds of those passing by. William is portrayed as a Michael Jackson fan, who dances down the street, and unknowingly, knocks the gypsies' cup of water over. This makes him subject to her spell to come.
Imo Lee Cook Sanders from Dora High School Class of 1951 passes away
Imo Lee Cooke Sanders, 82, of Lynn’s Park, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital East in Birmingham.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Bell Sumiton Chapel with burial in Sardis Cemetery in Lynn’s Park.
Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Joseph G. Sanders, Sr.; parents, Barbara Morgan Cooke and Thomas Bryant Cooke; and brother, Thomas Edwin Cooke.
Survivors include her sons, Joseph G. Sanders, Jr. and his wife, Debbie and Nathaniel Bryant Sanders and his wife, Paula; grandchildren, Jessica Marie Sanders and her fiancé, Lt. William J. Walker III, Iris Megan Sanders Jarvis and her husband, Lt. Grant M. Jarvis, Jacob Sanders and Anna Grace Sanders; brother, Kyle Cooke and his wife, Irene; her beloved aunt, Katherine Morgan Boyd and her husband, Luke; and a host of nieces and nephews.