Dora ‘D’ dominates

Bulldogs win big, lock up No. 2 spot in region

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 10/27/17

DORA — The Dora Bulldogs rolled up over 300 rushing and used a stifling defensive effort to rout the Good Hope Raiders on Friday night to lock-up the Class 4A, Region 6 second-place spot at Horace Roberts Stadium.

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Dora ‘D’ dominates

Bulldogs win big, lock up No. 2 spot in region

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DORA — The Dora Bulldogs rolled up over 300 rushing and used a stifling defensive effort to rout the Good Hope Raiders on Friday night to lock-up the Class 4A, Region 6 second-place spot at Horace Roberts Stadium.

Caleb Danner and his offensive line led the Dora offense with another sensational performance, running for 224 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Achilya Dixon followed with 12 carries for 88 yards with one touchdown.

The Bulldogs’ defense kept the Red Raiders in check for 115 total yards, five first downs and not allowing a third-down conversion in 11 tries. Chance Thompson recorded a team-high nine tackles with three tackles for a loss, while Andrew Gaylor had six tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack.

“We got the win and that’s always good, but we have a lot to work on. Defense played extremely well — offensively, we sputtered at times and at other times we played good. We just have to get more consistent on offense,” Dora head coach Bart Lockhart said. “But I’m proud of the win and of our kids. The victory clinched our playoff spot and that’s one of the goals our team had. Now if we want to do anything in the playoffs, we have to continue to get better.”

The Bulldogs wasted little time finding the endzone, driving 70 yards on nine plays in the opening series of the game. Danner ran 20 yards for the score, giving Dora the 7-0 edge after Jack Spradlin connected on his first of five extra point kicks.

After a good stand by the defense, Danner raced to the endzone again on a 45-yard run to push the Bulldogs further ahead, 14-0.

Dora scored once again near the end of the first quarter on a short drive — four plays for 29 yards, with Danner taking the ball in from 19 yards out for a 21-0 lead.

Following a scoreless second quarter, Good Hope scored its only points of the game on a 10-play, 80-yard drive to cut the lead to 21-7.

The Bulldogs responded on the ensuing series with a 75-yard, 11-play drive, with Danner scoring his fourth touchdown on a 20-yard run to leave Dora in control, 28-7.

Midway into the fourth quarter, Dixon scored on a three-yard run to cap a three-play, 26-yard drive for the 35-7 final.

Dora (7-2, 4-2) travels to Jasper for the season finale against the Vikings at Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium on Thursday.