Carbon Hill stuns No. 10 Dora

Bulldogs beat ranked team for first time since 1999

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/1/18

CARBON HILL — A big step forward for his program is how Carbon Hill coach Scott Curd characterized his team’s 16-0 win over Dora Friday night at G.W. Keith Stadium.

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Carbon Hill stuns No. 10 Dora

Bulldogs beat ranked team for first time since 1999

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CARBON HILL — A big step forward for his program is how Carbon Hill coach Scott Curd characterized his team’s 16-0 win over Dora Friday night at G.W. Keith Stadium.

“This is the biggest win for our program in almost 20 years,” Curd said. “It’s not just another county team. Dora is a ranked program in Class 5A. That’s a big win for us no matter how you look at it, and it was a complete team win.”

Curd, with tears running down his face after the game, said he was proud of his team.

“I’m getting emotional, because I know how much this means to our guys. They have put in the work, and a win like this shows them what happens when you work hard,” he said. “I didn’t think we could play any harder than we did last week, but these guys proved me wrong tonight. I think that is the hardest one of my teams has ever played in a game.”

The win was the first time since 1971 that Carbon Hill defeated Dora. It is also the first shutout win for the Carbon Hill program since it blanked Cordova in 2004.

Carbon Hill (1-1) came into the game off a 20-12 loss to Good Hope in Week 1 of the high school football season.

“Our team had something to prove after that game. They definitely had a chip on their shoulders. I knew they were ready to play when I looked at all of them before the game. I knew we could compete,” Curd added.

Carbon Hill opened the scoring on the night with a safety late in the first quarter.

Dora (1-1) had come up with a defensive stop on the 1-yard-line, but when its offense took over, a mishandled snap allowed two Carbon Hill defenders to bring down quarterback Tyler Goodwin in the end zone for the score. Despite having several chances with good field position late in the first half, Carbon Hill stalled but held to the 2-0 lead at halftime.

Both teams traded possessions throughout the third quarter, but Carbon Hill went on an 11-play drive that carried over to the first play of the fourth quarter, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Alex Atkins to give Carbon Hill an 8-0 lead.

On Dora’s next possession, Kade Perry and Brandon Scoles blocked a punt for Carbon Hill to set up their offense at the Dora 11-yard-line. Three plays later, Atkins scored his second touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run. Quarterback Jon Michael Madison then connected with Carson McGinnis on the 2-point conversion to put Carbon Hill up 16-0 with 7:49 left in the game.

Dora coach Bart Lockhart gave Carbon Hill credit in defeat.

“The team who worked the hardest and was the most focused won the game tonight. That is exactly what happened,” Lockhart said as he addressed both teams after the game. “We wish Carbon Hill the best of luck the rest of the season. We hope you guys go on a big run in Class 3A.”