One week after clinching the region championship, Dora drubbed the Carbon Hill Bulldogs 61-0 on Friday night to remain perfect in Region 4 play on the year and extend their overall record to 8-1.
Dora controlled the ball impressively on both offense and defense, rolling up 479 yards while holding Carbon Hill to 59 yards on the night. Dora’s rushing attack lit up the scoreboard for 377 total yards and was responsible for all eight of the team’s touchdowns.
DeMarcus Kirk led the Dora rushers with 120 yards on 7 carries with two touchdowns. Kijuana Babbs also had a great night, rushing for 118 yards on 8 carries with a touchdown. Kai Thomas carried the ball 3 times for 78 yards, scoring a touchdown on each of his carries.
Kailan Rutledge led the Dora defense with 4 tackles. As a team, Dora recorded 11 tackles for a loss for the game and forced four Carbon Hill turnovers.
Daniel Woodard led the Carbon Hill offense, connecting on 3 of 12 passes for 58 yards with one interception. Ryan Simerly recorded 6 tackles to lead the Carbon Hill defense.
“I take my hat off to the kids from Carbon Hill — they’ve had a lot of injuries this season and have had to deal with a lot of adversity this year. The didn’t quit regardless of the score tonight and that says a lot to me,” Dora coach Johnny Wright said.
“Our kids performed exceptionally well tonight — I think last week when we had the type of game and performed to the level that we did against Jemison, we took a tremendous step forward both physically and mentally. Our main concern coming into tonight’s game is that we might have lost that focus — but they went out and did the job that they were supposed to and it gave our reserves plenty of time to play. That’s really important to the future of our program and we’re pleased when they have a chance to perform.”
After holding Carbon Hill to a punt on the first series of the game, Dora drove 71 yards on 3 plays, with Thomas scoring his first touchdown of the night on a 30 yard run to take a 7-0 lead after the extra point kick. On the next series, Dora’s Deionte Smith would strip Simerly of the ball that was picked up by Cade Stone and returned 10 yards — setting up a 4-play, 22 yard drive, with Stone taking the ball in from 9 yards out.
After the extra point kick, Dora extended their lead to 14-0.
Dora would begin the second quarter action by holding Carbon Hill to a punt, leading to Thomas finding the endzone on a 63-yard run — helping Dora further their lead to 21-0.
Thomas would step in front of a pass from Woodard on Carbon Hill’s next series and return it to the 33-yard line, leading to Thomas scoring his second rushing touchdown on a five-yard run, giving Dora a 28-0 edge.
Thomas’ final touchdown would come on a 38-yard scoring run on Dora’s next series, leading to a 35-0 lead.
Dora would score on their next three series — with an 18-yard run by Stone, followed by a 22-yard run by Kirk. Babbs would add a final score in the final 20 seconds of the first half on a 39-yard run to give Dora a 53-0 edge.
The second half of the game would be shortened to 8-minute quarters.
Babbs recorded the final points of the game late in the fourth quarter on 47-yard run. Caleb May would run the ball in on the two-point conversion to secure Dora’s 61-0 win.
Dora remains at home next week to host the visiting Handley Tigers (6-3). Carbon Hill (0-9) hosts 2A Cold Springs next Friday night at G.W. Keith Stadium.