Kai Thomas and crew delivered as Dora outscored Handley 21-0 over the final two quarters to pick up a 39-22 win over the defending Class 3A state champions.
Thomas led an all-around performance with 207 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Thomas rushed 15 times for 173 yards and three touchdowns (40, 3, 64) and also caught one pass for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Thomas is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.
With Dora trailing 22-18 at the half, Thomas put Dora on top for good with a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He added the final touchdown, a back-breaking 64-yard jaunt, in the fourth quarter.
For the season, Thomas now has 1,475 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns.
Thomas was one of three Dora running backs that topped the 100-yard mark against Handley. Quarterback Caleb May rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on five carries and passed for another 62 yards and a score and DeMarcus Kirk added 101 yards on 15 carries.
Sumiton Christian’s Nathan Godwin was all over the field for the Eagles in Friday night’s 35-7 loss to Corner, but the senior made the most of his last high school game.
Godwin registered eight tackles, intercepted a pass and recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown.
Godwin is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Godwin’s first interception thwarted a Corner scoring opportunity in the second quarter. He picked the ball off at the Sumiton Christian 5-yard line and returned it 32 yards. Godwin caused and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter, breaking through the line, stripping the ball from the quarterback and returning it 46 yards for the touchdown.
Other top performances
•Cordova’s offense had its biggest outing of the season Friday night, beating county rival Curry 42-28. Andrew Minor and Zack Smith led Cordova’s effort on the ground, combining for 282 yards and four touchdowns. Minor rushed 22 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns while Smith rushed 20 times for 180 yards and a score. Jamaal Cooper caught three passes for 41 yards and two scores.
•Oakman’s Quinton Harris had three touchdowns as the Wildcats closed out the regular season with a 47-34 win over Berry. Harris caught three passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns and added a 16-yard scoring run. Chris Austin rushed 20 times for 105 yards and a score. Quarterback Jase Trotter threw for 113 yards and two scores and rushed eight times for 55 yards with a touchdown. Oakman’s defense recorded five interceptions against Berry with Pervis Coger making his eighth interception of the season.
•Addison’s defense continues to dominate the competition. The Bulldogs held Winston County in check during a 14-7 victory in the regular-season finale. The Bulldogs have allowed just 29 points over the last seven games. Against the Yellow Jackets, Levi Aldridge and Jonathan Cleghorn each had 12 tackles. On offense, Seth Robinson scored both touchdowns for the Bulldogs and finished with 90 rushing yards on 13 carries.
•Lynn running backs Kyle Medeiros and Dakota Bell combined for 190 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears closed out the season with a 14-0 victory over Meek on Thursday. Medeiros rushed 12 times for 106 yards and a score while Bell added 84 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
•Corner’s Taylor Crawford didn’t get his first carry until midway through the third quarter Friday night. Crawford still ended up with 121 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in the Yellow Jackets’ 35-7 win over Sumiton Christian.
•Carbon Hill’s Ryan Simerly had a big night in the Bulldogs’ season-ending 40-22 loss to Cold Springs, rushing for 189 yards and a pair of scores.
•Curry quarterback Bradley Loggins completed 26 of 42 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-28 loss to Cordova on Friday. Loggins had touchdown passes of 9, 18 and 10 yards.
•Walker’s Tyler Phillips rushed 10 times for 59 yards and both of the Vikings’ touchdowns in a 28-14 loss to Hueytown. Defensively, Austin Mansell had 10 tackles.