at Horace Robert Field
by James Phillips
DORA - A dogfight took place Friday night at Horace
Roberts Field, but it wasn't much of one as the Dora Bulldogs rolled
to a 35-14 win over the Hanceville Bulldogs.
The win improved Dora to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in Class 3A, Region
6. Hanceville dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in region play.
Dora ran for 306 yards mainly on the legs of Chase Pierce and Steven
Harrison. Pierce finished the night with 125 yards and a touchdown
on seven carries, while
Harrison gained 84 yards and two scores also on seven carries. Both
backs played the first half and only saw limited playing time in the
Eric Woods added 67 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. Dora
coach Johnnie Wright admitted his backs played well but added a lot
of their success was thanks to the play of Dora's offensive line.
"I think we played well tonight," Wright said. "Our
backs did a good job of getting to the outside and making big plays,
but a lot of that had to do with the way our offensive line played.
The line did a tremendous job tonight and have worked really hard
to have gotten where they are."
Dora's first score came with 37 seconds left in the opening quarter
when Pierce reached the end zone after a 16-yard run. Tyler Ellis,
who would hit five-of-five extra points on the night, tacked on the
PAT to give Dora a 7-0 lead.
At the 5:36 mark of the second quarter, Dora added its second touchdown
on a 2-yard run by Harrison. Two minutes later, Dora added another
score when Harrison broke free 48 yards for the touchdown to give
Dora 21-0 lead at halftime.
Dora didn't waste time scoring in the second half by going on a quick
two-minute, six-play drive, which was capped by a Woods touchdown
from four yards out to put Dora up 28-0.
Hanceville managed to put points on the scoreboard after quarterback
Bo Brockman scrambled for a 25-yard touchdown to cut the Dora lead
The final Dora score came with 1:52 left in the third quarter. Jorge
Williams hit Jason Rouse on a screen pass. Nate Corley landed a crushing
block on a Hanceville defender to free Rouse and 52 yards later he
found the end zone.
Hanceville cut the final deficit to 35-14 after a 2-yard touchdown
plunge by Brockman and a two-point conversion pass from Brockman to
The win sets up a showdown with also unbeaten Good Hope, with the
winner having a leg-up in the region championship race. Wright said
starting the season 3-0 has done a lot for not only his team, but
also the Dora community.
"Winning is fun," Wright said. "This program hasn't
seen a lot of winning in the last few years. The fans have been behind
this program all along and the crowd was really good tonight. We've
still got a long way to go and we've got to keep improving. Good Hope
has got a good team and are going to be tough up at their place."