Anchored by juniors Hollis Abernathy and Kai Malone, the Trojan defensive line relentlessly swarmed Dora’s backfield and posted 17 plays for negative yardage. The unit forced three turnovers, all of which the Trojans cashed in for touchdowns en route to a 45-7 win.
Muscle Shoals offense overcame a sluggish and penalty-plagued start on offense to total 450 total yards, with 377 coming on the ground.
A fumble recovery by Dylan Montgomery set the stage for Roger Jackson’s 13-yard run for opening score.
A failed two-point conversion left Muscle Shoals on top 6-0 after the first quarter.
Muscle Shoals claimed its second turnover when linebacker Will Young picked off Steven Gosha. Four plays later, Jackson broke free on a 54-yard run to set up the Trojans inside the Dora 10-yard line. Kavonte McDonald closed the drive with a 7-yard run up the middle and a successfully 2-point conversion pushed the lead to 14-0.
The Trojans struck again on their final possession of the half. After a pair of long touchdowns were called back on penalties, Landon Smothers found a Drew Sockwell for a 46-yard catch-and-run to make it 21-0 at the half.
If there remained any optimism on the visitor’s side for a competitive game, it was quickly dashed in the third quarter.
Muscle Shoals recovered Dora’s onside kick to open the second half and again made the Bulldogs pay.
Deven Sullivan ran in from 14 yards out for his first of three touchdowns in the quarter. Less than two minutes later he added 6-yard score, and capped a 6-play, 80-yard drive with a 9-yard run to put Muscle Shoals out in front comfortably at 39-0.
Sullivan finished with a game-high 106 yards on 10 carries to go along with his three scores.
Carson Hollingsworth scored on a 16-yard run after a blocked punt for the Trojans final score.
The lone score for Dora came with 2:43 remaining in the game. Gosha connected with Logan Roberts on a slant pattern which the senior took for a 57-yard touchdown. The score snapped a 19-quarter scoreless streak for Muscle Shoals.