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Bulldogs Remain Perfect on Season
The Daily Mountain Eagle
Published October 11, 2003 1:47 AM CDT
NEW HOPE -- The Dora Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0) vanquished another region foe in overwhelming fashion Friday night, routing the New Hope Indians 51-7.
It was just the latest in a series of big Bulldog wins. With the victory and a Good Hope loss to Madison Academy by a score of 10-7, Dora clinched a home playoff game.
Dora also kept its scoring average above 50 points. The Bulldogs, against an outmanned New Hope team, led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and 32-0 at the half. The Bulldogs also amassed 307 yards while allowing only 68 yards in the first half.
Dora's rushing game, which has dominated opponents this season, had three touchdowns, but wasn't the only unstoppable force in the game. Quarterback Jorge Williams threw three touchdown passes and the Bulldogs also scored on a return off a blocked punt.
Williams was the key to Dora's offense in the opening half, throwing touchdown passes of 15, 30 and 37 yards.
Steven Berry got Dora off and running with a 28-yard touchdown run just 41 seconds into the game. His touchdown was set up by a 27-yard Derrick Gardner run.
Bennie Long added the extra point for a 7-0 Dora lead.
Bradley Isbell set up the Bulldogs' next score when he recovered a fumble at the New Hope 37-yard line.
Four plays later, Williams hit Chase Pierce with a 15-yard touchdown strike.
Long's kick once again was good and Dora led 14-0 with 7:55 left in the quarter.
Dora's final score of the first quarter came on 30-yard pass from Williams to Eian Landis and after Long's kick going under the crossbar the score was 20-0 with 3:59 remaining.
The Bulldog's second quarter was just as good as the first as they scored on a 37-yard pass and a three-yard run.
The 37-yard pass from Williams connected with Derrick Gardner with 7:57 left in the half and after a botched point-after the score was 26-0.
New Hope's Cliff Lanier picked up a fumble by Gardner but not before he rolled off 27 yards and with 5:53 left in the half it was first-and-10 at the New Hope 44-yard line.
Dora held the Indians and on fourth-and-one and after a bad spot boo's rang from the Dora stands but it was first-and 10 and once again Dora held them and after a New Hope punt sailed out of bounds Dora had the ball at its own 36-yard line with 47 seconds left in the half.
The Bulldogs then would rely on Eric Woods' skills as he amassed all the 64 yards of the drive with 15 yards rushing and 49 yards receiving. The score was on a three-yard dash with 17 seconds left in the half and after another bad point-after attempt it was 32-0.
New Hope played stall ball but especially in the third quarter as Dora only touched the ball offensively twice for eight yards.
Dora managed a touchdown though off the special teams side of the ball as Gardner jumped to block a punt but instead he caught it and returned it 14 yards and after a blocked Long point-after by Lanier with 9:42 left in the third quarter the score was 38-0.
The Bulldogs started the fourth quarter with the ball at the New Hope 29-yard line and would run for 34 yards and a score with 9:42 left in the game. Long's kick sailed wide left and the score stayed 44-0.
The Indians (4-3, 2-3) finally amassed some yardage and a score with 47 seconds remaining on the clock, when they drove 83 yards on 15 plays. A kick by Nathan Wellman was good and the score was 44-7.
Then the Indians attempted an onside kick and Chase Pierce fell on it at the Bulldog 46-yard line.
Then Marquis Chapel entered as quarterback and did just what he was told to do, read the defense, and that is what he did as he rolled 54 yards for the score with 30 seconds left on the clock and Long managed to kick a good point-after to push the Bulldog lead to 51-7.
After the game New Hope head coach Donnie Harris said, "We tried to use the clock but when you have the speed of Dora and they (Dora) score in two or three plays it doesn't do much good."
Coach Johnny Wright said, "It feels real good to be undefeated and it feels just as good to know I have a strong-hearted team to work with." He also added, "We just play our game and if we win its good and we need to work on our PAT's and hope we can before it hurts us down the road."
Dora will host Madison Academy next week for homecoming while New Hope travels to Locust Fork. Both games will be at 7:30 next Friday night in region play.
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