Dora demolition

Bulldogs run past Cordova, 48-12

By BUDDY SPARKMAN, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 10/6/17

CORDOVA — Dora rolled up 345 rushing yards and used a smothering defense to rout the Cordova Blue Devils 48-12 in their rivalry showdown Friday night at Hudson-Kirby Field.

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Dora demolition

Bulldogs run past Cordova, 48-12


CORDOVA — Dora rolled up 345 rushing yards and used a smothering defense to rout the Cordova Blue Devils 48-12 in their rivalry showdown Friday night at Hudson-Kirby Field.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 34-0 halftime lead and was never challenged by the Blue Devils.

Dora was led by its duo of Caleb Danner and Achilya Dixon.

Dixon finished with 181 yards rushing and three touchdowns while Danner, who broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, finished with 155 rushing yard and two scores, totaling 252 all-purpose yards.

“This is a special group of players who have earned everything they’ve gotten, and I’m just proud to be their coach,” said Dora head coach Bart Lockhart after the win.

Dora (5-1, 2-1) got going early when Taverus Howard intercepted a Blue Devils pass and set Dora up at the Cordova 29-yard line.

Achilya Dixon scored the first of three first-quarter touchdowns on a four-yard run for a quick 6-0 after a blocked PAT.

Cordova's offense could do nothing in the first half as Dora held the Blue Devils to 55 first half yards.

Dora's next score came only 1:25 later as Dixon broke loose on a 60-yard run. Jack Spradlin added the first of six extra points for a 13-0 edge. The Bulldogs found pay dirt again to close out the first quarter, as Dixon scored his third touchdown, this time from 12-yards out, as Dora led 20-0 after one quarter.

Dora quarterback Tyler Goodwin hit Andrew Gaylor for an eight-yard score on third down to extend the Dora lead to 27-0 at the 11:10 mark. Following a Blue Devil punt, Dora took possession at the 29-yard line. The Bulldogs put together a seven-play, 71-yard drive, capped by a Caleb Danner three-yard run for a 34-0 halftime lead.

Dora nearly extended that lead on the last play of the half. Dixon took a handoff on third down from the Cordova 11-yard line and raced 88 yards before being called down at the Blue Devils’ one-yard line as time expired.

Dora wasted no time scoring in the second half. Danner took the Blue Devils kickoff at the three-yard line, broke a tackle and outraced the kick coverage team for a 97-yard touchdown. Spradlin made it 41-0 with the point after.

Cordova (3-4, 2-2) got on the board on their first possession of the half.

The Blue Devils took over at the 35 and put together an eight-play, 65-yard drive. Kolbi Fuqua dove in from a yard out for the score. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 41-6. On its next possession, Cordova took over at its own 13-yard line and marched 87 yards in 15 plays, as quarterback Demetrius Kirk found a wide open Kason Smith for a 14-yard scoring strike. Again the try for two failed as Dora led 41-12 headed to the final frame.

Dora would add a final touchdown early in the fourth, when Danner got loose on a 27-yard run, for his third score on the night. Spradlin kicked it to a 48-12 final score.

For Cordova, Javion Hill rushed for 83 yards on 19 carries, and Kirk had 120 all-purpose yards.

Dora returns home next week to host Winfield, while Cordova travels to play Fayette County.