DORA — The Dora Bulldogs started the 2020 season in a celebratory fashion following Friday night’s 21-6 victory over the archrival Cordova Blue Devils at Horace Roberts Field.
Cordova held the slight edge in total yardage, 195 to Dora’s 189, but was plagued by four turnovers and missed redzone opportunities.
Jamarcus Goodmon led Dora with 114 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Darrien Wilkerson also turned in a big night for the Bulldogs, catching five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on offense, while intercepting two passes on defense, returning one for a score.
For Cordova, quarterback Cody Headrick was 14 of 27 for 187 yards. His top target was Adam O’Rear with four catches for 90 yards.
The Bulldogs drove 57 yards on their first possession of the game, ending on a 39-yard touchdown pass form Logan Fowler to Wilkerson. Brayden Williamson connected on his first of three successful point-after kicks, putting Dora in control 7-0.
Holding the Blue Devils to a punt on the ensuing series, Dora went back to work with an 80-yard drive, capped by a 10-yard run by Goodmon for the score and a 14-0 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, Wilkerson picked off a Cordova pass and returned 32 yards for the touchdown — allowing Dora to remain on top, 21-0 at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Blue Devils were able to get on the scoreboard after a seven-play, 55-yard drive.
Jack Gable crossed the goal line on a one-yard run, but Cordova was unable to convert two points, cutting the lead to 21-6. In the final minute of regulation, Cordova was able to drive to the Dora 18-yard line but a fourth down interception by the Bulldogs’ Jayden McDavid preserved the victory.
Dora coach Bart Lockhart, a 2004 graduate of Cordova High School, is now 4-0 as a head coach against his alma mater. Friday’s game was also the first for new Cordova head coach Justin Palmer.
The Bulldogs travel to Holt next week while Cordova battles the hosting-Carbon Hill Bulldogs in another county rivalry game.