Dora remains unbeaten
with overtime win
The Daily Mountain Eagle
Published September 21, 2002 3:37 AM CDT
GOOD HOPE -- Heading into next month when regional play resumes,
the Dora Bulldogs will sit on top of 3A, Region 6 with everybody
else in the region chasing them.
Dora was able to escape James Shabel Stadium Friday night knocking
off the Good Hope Raiders 24-21 in overtime.
Dora took sole possession of the region lead when Locust Fork pinned
a 40-0 shutout on Holly Pond. The Bulldogs, who were a 4A team last
season, matched their win total from a year ago on a rainy evening
and in the process, lifted the Raiders from the list of undefeated
Tyler Ellis ended the battle in the extra period when he converted
a field goal from 18 yards out on a fourth-down play with the football
sitting on the Good Hope one.
The Bulldogs took over after the defense recovered a Raider fumble
on the first play of overtime. It was a tale of two halves. Dora
dominated the first half while Good Hope came back with a solid
third quarter to move into the lead. But the Raiders could not hang
on to the advantage as Dora converted two second-half fumbles into
Coach Johnny Wright's Bulldogs opened the game with a 13 play,
67-yard drive that ended on a Steven Harrison run into the end zone
from a yard out with 6:10 to go in the first quarter. Ellis failed
to hit the extra-point as Dora led 6-0.
Dora tacked on to its lead thanks to a 25-yard dash to the end
zone by Chase Pierce. A two-point run by Randy Parker upped the
lead to 14-0 with 6:31 to play until halftime.
Good Hope was able to mount its best drive of the first half starting
from the Raider 20 with 4:11 to play in the second stanza. The drive
consumed 17 plays and the rest of the clock as the Raiders left
the locker room with a touchdown and trailed 14-7 at the break.
A holding call against Dora on a fourth down play gave the Raiders
a first down at their 37. Sean Daniel got loose for 24 yards on
four carries in the drive and pair of Dustin Johnson completions
to Patrick McDonald moved the ball deep into Bulldog territory.
Good Hope went for it on fourth and goal from the four. Instead
of throwing the ball as Dora expected, the Raiders stayed on the
ground, sending McDonald up the middle for the score. Chris Colvard's
extra-point had the Raiders within seven as the two teams waited
out a 30-minute rain delay to start the second half.
Two Good Hope possessions in the third quarter resulted in a pair
of touchdowns to propel the Raiders into the lead for the first
time. The first drive covered 64 yards in four plays when Johnson
got free on a 52-yard option run, cutting back against the grain
and getting a key block from McDonald to set him free.
Colvard's extra-point with 9:59 to play tied the score at 14-14.
Dora moved the football but the drive ended when Justin Raper picked
off a Jacob Sides pass and returned 29 yards to the Good Hope 39.
The Raiders took six and a half minutes off the clock to gain the
lead at 21-14. Andrew Colvard had two big runs in the series, the
second coming from the five with 28 seconds left. Andrew's brother
Chris followed with the extra-point.
Turnovers spelled doom for the Raiders the rest of the way. Dora
fell on a fumble at the Raider 37 and tied the game when Harrison
plunged in from a yard out and Ellis kicked the extra point.
The Raiders fumbled on their first snap in overtime, putting the
Bulldogs in possession at the Good Hope 10. On third and goal from
the 11, Harrison ran for 10 yards to give Dora a choice to go for
it on fourth down or send in Ellis to kick a short field goal. The
Bulldogs decided to win it with the specialty teams as Ellis came
through with the kick from 18 yards out.
Dora hosts Sulligent in a nonregion game next week.
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