Prep Preview: Dora puts 4-1 start to the test

Oakman hosts Gordo in top 10 clash

By W. BRIAN HALE and JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports
Posted 10/5/17

Five games into the high school football season and one thing is becoming clear — Dora is back.

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Prep Preview: Dora puts 4-1 start to the test

Oakman hosts Gordo in top 10 clash

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Five games into the high school football season and one thing is becoming clear — Dora is back.

The Bulldogs have already matched the win total from the last two years combined while putting themselves in position to make the postseason — not bad for first-year Dora coach Bart Lockhart, a Cordova graduate.

How far have the Bulldogs come?

That question will be answered tonight at Cordova’s Hudson-Kirby Field in the annual matchup between the Bulldogs and Blue Devils.

The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) have scored 49 points in each of the last two games and average 37.5 points per contest behind a stellar rushing attack. Caleb Danner leads the area with 900 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 90 carries while Achilya Dixon has picked up another 367 yards and five scores.

Danner rushed for four touchdowns in the first quarter alone in last week’s 49-21 win over Winston County.

Cordova (3-3, 2-1) relies on seniors Demetrius Kirk and Kolbi Fuqua. In last week’s win over Oakman, Kirk threw for a touchdown pass and Fuqua had two short touchdown runs as the Blue Devils won their third consecutive game.

Cordova won last year’s game 42-3. The Blue Devils have won the last two meetings after losing four in a row.

Cordova leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1925, 49-42-2.

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Gordo (4-1, 2-0) at Oakman (4-1, 2-0)

The Wildcats enter tonight’s contest with traditional superpower Gordo looking to pick up the pieces after last week’s heartbreaking loss to rival Cordova.

No. 7 Oakman still has the tools on both offense and defense in place for a deep playoff run, but has lacked the complete execution displayed in its season-opening win against Lamar County.

The Wildcats will need to play error-free and take advantage of any Gordo miscues in order to walk off the field victorious.

Third-ranked Gordo won last year’s meeting, 35-14 and leads the overall series, 6-1.

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Curry (3-2, 1-1) at Corner (3-3, 1-2)

If Class 5A, Region 6 had its own playoff series during the season, tonight’s Battle of the Yellow Jackets could easily serve as a first-round game.

While Corner enters the matchup on a high note,after shutting out archrival Oak Grove last week, 26-0, Curry suffered a narrow 14-8 loss to South Lamar.

The pressure is also much greater on Curry — which still has to face front-runner Mortimer Jordan and a tough West Point team.

Curry allows just 10.2 points per game.

Curry holds an 8-6-1 edge in the overall series, with Corner winning last year’s showdown, 43-19.

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Center Point (0-6, 0-3) at Jasper (2-3, 0-2)

The Vikings picked up a much-needed win last week against Northridge, 21-19, and can reach the .500 mark on the season with a victory over winless Center Point at Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium.

Jasper relied on good defense and a 95-yard run by Ken Holiday Jr. to put away the Rams — the same formula will be needed tonight against the struggling Eagles, as well as helping give quarterback Ethan Walker opportunities to find targets under center.

The Vikings posted a 27-12 win over the Eagles last season and have won all three games in the series.

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Falkville (2-3) at Sumiton Chr. (3-2)

Sumiton Christian returns home looking to bounce back after a 21-point loss at Vincent last week.

The Eagles held a halftime lead and were down a point before allowing 27 unanswered points in a 41-20 defeat.

The Eagles, who are playing their second straight non-region, enter the game a perfect 3-0 at Campbell Field. Sumiton Christian has been led by quarterback Chase Crane and running back Tanner Talley this season. Talley will miss this week’s game with an injury.

Falkville has won two of its last three games, including a 63-7 home win over Cold Springs two weeks ago. The Blue Devils were off last week.

Sumiton Christian won last year’s game 28-6 on the road.

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Midfield (1-4, 1-2) at Carbon Hill (2-4, 0-3)

Carbon Hill shook off a four-game losing streak last week, routing Marion County 38-13 on the road.

The Bulldogs head back to G.W. Keith Stadium tonight for their homecoming game against Class 3A, Region 4 foe Midfield. The Patriots’ only win this season came two weeks ago against Montevallo. Midfield has lost a pair of games by three points or less, falling to Oakman 28-27 in its second game and losing to Class 5A Fairfield 42-39 last week.

Against Marion County, Carbon Hill was paced by Alex Atkins, who shined on both sides of the ball. He rushed 12 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, Atkins had 16 tackles to lead the way. He also blocked a punt on special teams.

Midfield won last year’s game 53-30.

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No. 8 Lynn (6-0, 3-0) at Southeastern (1-4, 0-2)

Lynn, ranked for the first time in six years, puts its perfect record to the text against Southeastern tonight in Remlap.

The Bears are coming off a 39-0 drubbing of Tharptown last week.

Southeastern snapped a four-game losing streak last week with a 41-21 win over Brilliant.

The Mustangs have won seven games in six years since starting their football program in 2012.

Lynn won last year’s game 62-33.

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Decatur Heritage(5-0, 2-0) at Addison (4-2, 2-1)

Injuries have plagued the Bulldogs over the past two weeks, resulting in back-to-back losses heading into tonight’s pivotal battle with No. 9 Decatur Heritage.

Despite the adversity, a combined nine points have separated Addison and the victors in the two losses — a sign the Bulldogs are fighting to the bitter end.

If new leadership can step-up to fill in the void of the injured stars, Addison could replicate last year’s 26-21 thrilling victory — the first meeting between the two programs.

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Meek (4-2, 0-2) at R.A. Hubbard (1-5, 0-3)

Meek heads to R.A. Hubbard looking for its first region win of the year.

The Tigers and Chiefs are the only teams in Class 1A, Region 7 without a region victory this season.

R.A. Hubbard is playing its third home game of the season. The Chiefs defeated Hatton and lost to Lynn by a point.

Meek is led by running back John Mark Abercrombie who has scored six total touchdowns over the last two weeks. He has rushed for 811 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. The Tigers won last year’s game 52-14.

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Tarrant (4-1, 3-0) at Winston County (1-4, 1-1)

The Yellow Jackets return to Class 2A, Region 7 competition tonight when they host the surging Tarrant Wildcats.

Since Winston County’s upset victory over Tanner two weeks ago, the Yellow Jackets have struggled to pick up another win, while Tarrant is off to its best start since 2006.

The Wildcats have won all three matchups with the Yellow Jackets, including last year’s 40-16 decision.