Dora’s Ikei Hosea (22) battles for yardage against Cordova on Friday night. The Bulldogs blanked Cordova 31-0, winning their second straight game in the series.
Daily Mountain Eagle - Jeff Johnsey
By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
DORA — After a slow first quarter start, the Dora Bulldogs made big plays on offense, defense and special teams to record a 31-0 victory of the Cordova Blue Devils on Friday at Horace Roberts Stadium.
Dora’s defense held Cordova to just 111 yards of total offense and recorded four quarterback sacks in the first shutout for Dora over Cordova since 1993.
Offensively, Dora used a three-running back rotation of John Collins, Ikei Hosea and Marcell Davidson to total 259 yards on the ground. Collins rushed 11 times for 70 yards, Hosea had six carries for 69 yards with two touchdowns and Davidson carried 11 times for 43 yards.
Special teams also played a big part in the Bulldogs win — with Brady Spradlin connecting on a field goal, extra points and providing key punts, while Tavares Howard gave Dora good field position with kick and punt returns.
Jolan Patmon led Cordova on offense with 10 carries for 60 yards, while Aiden Gay had nine carries for 53 yards.
“The first quarter didn’t go the way we wanted and Cordova had a lot to do with that — without film, we didn’t know what to expect offensively or defensively. We had so time to feel-out what they were doing and then we were able to make adjustments. Offensively, I was really proud of how we played from the second quarter on,” Dora coach Bart Lockhart said. “Once we got a lead, we just kept it on the ground and ran the ball. I was pleased with all three running backs — they ran hard. Defensively, anytime you can record a shutout and just over 100 yards of offense, you’re getting the job done. I was proud of the way we pursued the ball and made in-game adjustments. Special teams played a big role — the field position, as well as the field goal and extra points and returns were big.”
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a 26-yard field goal for the 3-0 edge.
After a change of possessions, Dora scored on a short three-play, 16-yard drive, with Hosea taking the ball in from one-yard out for the 10-0 advantage.
An excellent punt return by Howard set up the Bulldogs at the Cordova 30-yard line prior to halftime. Five plays later, Averiun Berry scored on a nine-yard run as Dora took a 17-0 lead into the break. Dora wasted little time adding another touchdown to the scoreboard after second half play resumed. On the second play of the third quarter, Hosea raced 43 yards to the endzone for the score to push the Bulldogs further ahead, 24-0.
The final score of the game came later in the third quarter on a three-play, 57-yard drive, with Jordan Foy running 49 yards for the touchdown for the 31-0 win.
Dora (1-0) faces another tough challenge next week against the hosting-Carbon Hill Bulldogs in a game Lockhart knows will require more improvement from his team to stay ahead.
“It’s always good to start off the year with a win, but our players know there’s a lot of room for improvement. We’ll celebrate this victory over the weekend and come back Monday ready to get to work — that’s out of our players’ mouth and I was pleased to hear that,” Lockhart said.