Dora, SC open 2017 season with new coaches

Lockhart takes over Bulldogs' program

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 8/16/17

Bart Lockhart turned around the Sumiton Christian football program during his two years with the Eagles.

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Dora, SC open 2017 season with new coaches

Lockhart takes over Bulldogs' program

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Bart Lockhart turned around the Sumiton Christian football program during his two years with the Eagles.

Now the Dora Bulldogs are hoping for the same kind of results.

Lockhart is one of two head coaches at new locales in Walker County in 2017, along with Sumiton Christian's Mike McCarty.

Lockhart, a Cordova High School graduate, finds himself on the opposite side of the rivalry this year, leading a team that has suffered through four straight losing seasons, including a 4-16 mark over the last two years.

In 2016, Dora upset region foe Fayette County early in the season and was 3-2 before a three-game, region losing streak dashed the Bulldogs' playoff hopes.

In two years as the Eagles' head coach, Lockhart went 12-10 overall, seeing the team jump six wins from 3-7 in 2015 to 9-3 in 2016. Sumiton Christian finished third in Class 1A, Region 7, pushing region champion Addison to the limit, losing 24-21.

Lockhart led the Eagles to their highest win total since 2000 (9) and its first playoff win since 2004. The 489 points the team scored were the second most in school history.

Dora opens the season on Aug. 25 at home against rival Corner.

McCarty returns to his alma mater with an impressive resume. The former All-State receiver and 2016 Walker Sports Hall of Fame inductee was most recently a head

coach at Point University, an NAIA school in Georgia. He guided the team to the playoffs in 2015 and was named Sun Conference Coach of the Year.

At Sumiton Christian he inherits a nine-win team that graduated 10 seniors. The Eagles return Tanner Talley, the area's leading rusher for the 2017 season, which starts with a home game against Victory Christian on Aug. 25.