Bulldogs fall short against West Point

By BUDDY SPARKMAN, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 10/11/19

DORA — Dora comes up just short on homecoming as West Point recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter for a late score and a 28-21 win at Horace Roberts Field.

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

Bulldogs fall short against West Point

Posted

DORA — Dora comes up just short on homecoming as West Point recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter for a late score and a 28-21 win at Horace Roberts Field.

Dora got things going at the 4:05 mark of the first quarter as Jamaal Harris raced 48 yards for a touchdown. Brady Spradlin kicked it to 7-0 for the Bulldogs.

Brody Rusk found pay dirt for West Point for the only second-quarter points with a 10- yard run and a 7-7 tie headed to the locker room.

West Point (3-4, 2-3) took the second half kickoff and marched 65 yards in seven plays. Quarterback Will Cochran connected with Will Brown for a 17-yard touchdown and a 14-7 edge.

Dora (2-5, 0-5) responded on the ensuing drive as Jamarcus Goodman capped a 69-yard, four-play drive with an 11-yard run and a 14-14 tie headed to the final frame.

Harris, who ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns, gave Dora the lead early in the fourth on a 5-yard run to make it 21-14 Bulldogs.

West Point got a big kickoff return on the next possession to midfield.

From there it took five plays for Cochran to score his second touchdown to knot the score at 21 all.

Dora, who according to Coach Bart Lockhart “played their guts out” had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth.

With a first and goal at the Warriors 5-yard line, two consecutive holding penalties left the Bulldogs with a fourth and goal at the 30-yard line.

A Spradlin 47-yard field goal came up just short leaving the game tied at 21-21 with 3:26 to play.

The Dora defense stood tall on the next Warrior drive to force a punt which was mishandled and recovered by West Point at the Dora 30-yard line, leading to Cochran’s final score and a 28-21 victory.

“I’m proud of our team’s effort tonight and how hard they fought. A few little things made the difference, but we’re getting there,” said a subdued Lockhart after the game.

Dora got 141 yards on 12 carries from Ikei Hosea.

Goodman finished the night with 71 yards and a score. Matthew Busby added 60 rushing yards.

Dora will travel next Friday to play the Hayden Wildcats.