However, it wasn’t the Carbon Hill Bulldogs that celebrated, as it was the Dora Bulldogs that defeated Carbon Hill 64-12.
Carbon Hill won the coin toss, choosing to defer the first possession to Dora. It didn’t take long for Dora (5-4) to figure out what to do with the football, as Dora’s Jacob Twilley found the end zone just 49 seconds into play. A 38-yard run, followed by an extra-point kick put Dora up 7-0.
Carbon Hill took the next possession with determination as they marched down the field only to have its touchdown hopes crushed by a fumble, which found itself in the hands of the Dora Bulldogs.
Three unsuccessful plays led Dora to punt the ball back to Carbon Hill. Carbon Hill, marred by incomplete passes and short runs quickly punted the ball back to Dora.
Dora’s Davis sprinted 18 yards to the end zone on this possession bringing the score to 14-0 with 2:05 left in the opening quarter of play.
Dora was able to force Carbon Hill into a punting situation on the next drive, but wasn’t able to do a lot on offense themselves as they returned the punt back to Carbon Hill just three plays later. Carbon Hill showed signs of life as Freshman quarterback Hunter NeSmith connected with Chandler Gann on a 76-yard pass with 7:34 left in the opening half.
A blocked extra-point attempt placed the score at 14-6,
Dora quickly retaliated, with quarterback Gosha finding Roberts for a 68-yard pass. A successful extra-point showed 21-6 on the scoreboard, with 6:39 left in the second quarter.
Runs by Stevie Simerly and Jacob Mitchell weren’t enough to put Carbon Hill on the board again in the next drive, as they punted the ball away.
Dora took possession with enthusiasm, with Gosha finding Russell on a 35-yard pass for six more points. Spradlin kicked another successful point-after attempt, marking the scoreboard 28-6 at the end of the first half.
Carbon Hill received the ball at the beginning of the second half, but NeSmith’s pass attempts to Gann and Simerly were unsuccessful. The home team found themselves in a fourth-down punting situation again.
Dora marched down the field, setting up Clay to score a 13-yard touchdown run. Another Spradlin kick brought the score to 35-6 with 7:14 left in the third quarter.
Carbon Hill struggled on the next possession, inching down the field for several minutes before Dora’s Babbs intercepted a pass meant for a Carbon Hill receiver. Babbs immediately turned the interception into a “pick-six” play, marking up the score to 42:6 with 4:41 left in the third quarter.
Dora forced Carbon Hill into another punt for the evening, allowing Dora’s Towns to score again for the Bulldogs, from 19 yards out with 1:19 left in the third. The score was then 49-6 in Dora’s favor.
Carbon Hill’s young Bulldog team mirrored their last possession, and after three unsuccessful plays was forced to punt again. Dora would also mirror its last possession with Towns scoring again, this time on a 49-yard run. A successful two-point conversion would put Dora on top 57-6 with 10:31 left in the game.
Carbon Hill was determined to go down fighting. A solid drive down the field would set up the pass between NeSmith and Jacob Mitchell that would put the second Carbon Hill score on the board. A blocked extra-point attempt would leave the score at 57-12 with 8:19 remaining in the game.
Carbon Hill kicked off to Dora for the last time of the evening, with Dora wasting no time to score their final time of the evening. Clay ran in his second touchdown of the evening, securing the final score of 63-12 with 6:22 left in the ball game.
Carbon Hill (0-9) plays at Cold Springs (5-4) next week.