No. 5 Fayette holds off Dora for region win

By BUDDY SPARKMAN, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/15/17

FAYETTE — The Dora Bulldogs traveled to Fayette County on Friday night in a battle of unbeaten teams at John Morgan Brown stadium.

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No. 5 Fayette holds off Dora for region win

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FAYETTE — The Dora Bulldogs traveled to Fayette County on Friday night in a battle of unbeaten teams at John Morgan Brown stadium.

Fayette County pulled ahead in the third quarter and held on for a hard fought 22-20 victory on homecoming.

Fayette County got on the board at the 7:25 mark of the first quarter when an errant snap went over the head of Dora punter Jack Spradlin and through the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead.

Dora was unable to move the ball on its next possession, and punted the ball back to the Tigers at the 48-yard line.

The Tigers put together a 7-play, 52-yard drive, capped by a one yard touchdown run by Zackary Ingle. The point after was no good as Fayette County led 9-0 after one quarter of play.

The Dora defense came up with a huge play on Fayette’s next possession when Jamal Harris stepped in front of Tiger quarterback Chance Stevenson’s pass and returned it 15 yards for a pick six. Spradlin added the PAT, drawing Dora within two at 9-7.

Dora (2-1, 0-1) got a huge break on its next possession thanks to a personal foul penalty on a punt to extend the Bulldogs drive. Caleb Danner found pay dirt on a one yard dive. The extra point was wide, leaving Dora with a 13-9 halftime lead. The Bulldogs defense held the Tigers to 57 first-half yards. Dora only had 88 yards at half.

The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game. Fayette County (4-0 2-0) got their offense on track by picking up 157 yards in the third quarter. Fayette took over at their 20-yard line and put together a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Stevenson scored from three yards out. Bagwell kicked it to a 16-13 Tigers lead. The Bulldogs defense came up with anither big play again at the 4:33 mark when linebacker Chance Thompson scooped up a fumble and returned it 25 yard for Dora’s second defensive score if the game. Spradlin made it 20-26 with the extra point. Stevenson would bring Fayette County right back however, leading another 80 yard drive in 7 play. He broke loose on a 43 yard scoring run, providing the Tigers with the winning score of 22-20. Stevenson finished the game with 150 yards rushing and 128 passing yards.

Dora had a late chance, with Fayette looking at a third and nine at their own 12 yard line, but a 48-yard pass finally broke the Bulldogs will as the early safety proved to be the difference in the game. Danner totaled 56 yards on 15 carries for Dora.

The Bulldogs return home next Friday to host Hamilton while Fayette County has a bye week.