Dora, Corner meet in 2nd County Line Clash

Oakman, Carbon Hill play key region games

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 10/3/19

DORA — The inaugural “County Line Clash” trophy was awarded to the Corner Yellow Jackets last year following a 30-7 victory over the Dora Bulldogs at Corner.

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Dora, Corner meet in 2nd County Line Clash

Oakman, Carbon Hill play key region games

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DORA — The inaugural “County Line Clash” trophy was awarded to the Corner Yellow Jackets last year following a 30-7 victory over the Dora Bulldogs at Corner.

This year, the annual rivalry game shifts to Dora’s Horace Roberts Stadium, where there will be much more on the line beyond the trophy.

With both teams coming into the game with 0-3 records in Class 5A, Region 7 play, almost certain elimination from postseason contention awaits the loser of the bout, while the winner can break a three-game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Both Corner and Dora had last week off after suffering tough losses in Week 5.

Corner was narrowly edged by Hamilton, 14-7, while Dora fell to Lawrence County, 37-14, both in region play.

Corner head coach John Clements said the off week has helped his some of his players acclimate to new positions to offset the injuries his team has suffered.

“We’ve had guys learn new positions due to the losses that we’ve had to the roster and it’s almost been like spring training. With these guys, we’re having to teach them the smaller aspects of the game, which you shouldn’t have to be doing at the midpoint in the season, but that’s what we did and we used the off week as a time to get healthy. I think it helped us,” Clements said.

“I know Dora had an off week too and they’ve also battled some injuries — but I think they’re getting some of their guys back. I can’t say the same for us, but you’ve got to play the game and I think our kids are excited for it.”

Dora head coach Bart Lockhart also said the off week for his team was greatly beneficial and expects a much more revitalized effort from his players.

“The off week came at a great time for us. It gave us a chance to get some guys healthy, as well as to look at some things we need to get better at without having to be in the middle of a game week,” Lockhart said. “Getting guys back with us again after injuries certainly helps us on the depth chart, but we have a lot of areas we need to improve on also. Them coming back can help us in those areas, but we still have a lot we have to fix and get better at.”

Both teams got off to a hot start on the season, winning their first two games.

Corner topped Northside, 20-12, in Week 1, then followed with a 45-0 shutout of Oak Grove before going on the three-game skid.

In Week 1, Dora beat archrival Cordova, 27-15, then beat Carbon Hill, 42-14, before their three-game slump.

With the two school’s proximity being so close — six miles separates the campuses — the annual match-up has become one greatly anticipated by both teams.

“We grow up playing against each other through toy bowl and middle school, so it means a lot. It’s like playing your brother outside in the yard — you want to win it that much more,” Corner wide receiver Chandler Brakefield said. “The game brings a lot of intensity, I think the fans are more into it. With such a short drive between the schools, you always know there’s plenty of folks on both sides that will show up for it.”

“The Corner game for me has always been a hype game. It’s a very physical game too. We’ve always gone out there the past three years and got after each other,” Dora running back Ikei Hosea said. “At the end of the day, it’s a fun rivalry game to have for us and for the fans.”

Dora leads the overall series, 31-10-2, with the Yellow Jackets winning three out of the last four meetings.

The Pregame Show can be seen in its entirety on the Daily Mountain Eagle’s YouTube page.

The game will be broadcast live on WJBE 88.5 F.M. and on mountaineagle.com.

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Winfield (3-3, 2-1) at Oakman (3-2, 2-1)

Oakman faces a key region test against the Winfield Pirates at Hosea Collins Field tonight.

Both teams enter the game in a three-way tie for second place in Class 3A, Region 4 behind Gordo.

Oakman is coming off a narrow 21-14 loss to rival Cordova last week while Winfield dropped a 40-27 road game to rival Hamilton.

The Wildcats lost to Cordova despite another big game from senior running back Christian Hubbard, who rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 67-yard touchdown pass. On the season, Hubbard has 757 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 105 carries.

Winfield, last year’s region champion, defeated Oakman 40-12 last year and holds a 5-1 lead in the all-time series.

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Lamar County (1-4, 1-2) at Carbon Hill (1-4, 1-2)

Carbon Hill hopes to jump back into the region race in tonight’s home game against Lamar County at G.W. Keith Stadium.

The Bulldogs were off last week following a 27-7 region loss to county foe Oakman.

Carbon Hill’s only win came in a 35-29 win over Greene County in Week 3. Lamar County’s lone win came against Hale County in a 34-0 rout, also in Week 3.

The teams played for the first time in 11 years in 2018 with Lamar County picking up a 20-14 victory in a game that kept the Bulldogs out of the playoffs.

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Tarrant (1-3, 1-1) at Sumiton Christian (1-5, 0-3)

Fresh off its first win of the season, the Sumiton Christian Eagles head back into region play with a game against the Tarrant Wildcats.

Sumiton Christian used big plays to knock off Meek 28-6 last week. Jeremy Brown had two long touchdown receptions as the Eagles snapped a 10-game losing streak.

Tarrant’s lone win this season was a 26-6 decision over Winston County. The Wildcats have been shutout in their other three games — losses to Midfield, Aliceville and South Lamar.

Tarrant defeated Sumiton Christian 46-8 last season.

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Colbert County (5-1, 3-0) at Addison (4-2, 1-1)

Addison looks to make a statement in the Class 2A, Region 7 standings in tonight’s game against No. 6 Colbert County at A.G. Hicks Stadium.

The Bulldogs are currently in the middle of the pack in the region while Colbert County brings a perfect 3-0 region mark into the game.

Addison will be looking for revenge at home tonight after suffering a 35-8 loss at Colbert County last season. The Bulldogs won the region title in 2018 over both Colbert County and Red Bay after each team finished 5-1 in region play.

Since falling to Red Bay 16-10, the Bulldogs have been led by their defense in its last two games, allowing just 12 total points in wins over Sheffield (26-6) and Vinemont (21-6).

Addison hasn’t lost three regular-season games since 2015.

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Berry (3-3, 2-1) at Lynn (2-3, 1-2)

Lynn hosts Berry in a key Class 1A, Region 6 matchup at Posey Memorial Field tonight.

The Bears need a win to get back into the region race. Lynn is currently in fifth place behind Pickens County, South Lamar, Marion County and Berry. Lynn suffered a narrow loss to Waterloo on the road last week, falling 30-28. Brandon Hill accounted for three touchdowns in loss, which came down to the final play.

Berry suffered a 17-14 home loss to Donoho last week.

Lynn snapped a four-game losing streak to Berry with a 44-20 win last year.

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Meek (0-6, 0-3) at Brilliant (2-3, 0-3)

Meek hits the road tonight looking to snap a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season.

The Tigers piled up yardage last week in a 28-6 loss to Sumiton Christian, but were done in by costly penalties.

Brilliant is off to its best start since 2013. Both of Brilliant’s win have been shutouts. The team defeated Vina 65-0 in the opener and beat Tharptown 38-0 last week. Meek won last year’s game 36-14. The Tigers have won three in a row in the series.

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Other Games

Curry (0-5, 0-2) at Haleyville (2-3, 1-1)

Winston Co. (2-3, 0-2) at Aliceville (4-1, 3-0)