Dora routs Vikings

’Dogs turn focus to playoffs after win

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/2/17

A dominating performance by the Dora Bulldogs in a 30-7 victory over Jasper Thursday night started with the opening play from scrimmage.

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Dora routs Vikings

’Dogs turn focus to playoffs after win


A dominating performance by the Dora Bulldogs in a 30-7 victory over Jasper Thursday night started with the opening play from scrimmage.

Dora quarterback Tyler Goodwin hit Cole Hargrove in stride on the sideline for a 79-yard touchdown on the first play of the game to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 after only 16 seconds had ticked off the clock.

“That first play was a big one for us,” Dora coach Bart Lockhart said. “It set the tone and gave us a lot of momentum to open the game.”

Dora went on to roll up more than 400 yards of total offense with running back Caleb Danner continuing his stellar season, finishing the game with 156 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. The Bulldogs’ passing attack came alive against Jasper with Goodwin throwing for 218 yards and a touchdown.

“This is exactly what we needed heading into the playoffs,” Lockhart said. “We had not played very well for several weeks, but we came out and played a full game tonight. I could call out every player on our team as doing something positive tonight. It was a complete team effort.”

Lockhart said his team completed a feat that few, if any, Dora teams have done in the past, beating rivals Corner, Cordova and Jasper in the same season, as well as getting a chance to host a playoff game.

“I’m proud of what our team has accomplished, and we are going to celebrate for a day or so, but then we are getting right back to work, because there are more goals out there that we have set for ourselves.”

Dora’s defense also played stellar Thursday, holding Jasper to 168 total yards, 90 on the ground and 78 in the air.

“We were outplayed and outcoached in every aspect of the game tonight, and I’ll take the blame for that,” Jasper head coach Heath Brunner said. “I’m still proud of our seniors. They hung in there through a lot of adversity this year. I hate the way the season ended for them, but they are a great bunch of guys who have worked hard throughout their careers here.”

After Dora struck for the early touchdown, both teams exchanged possessions with the Bulldogs increasing their lead late in the first quarter to 13-0 on an Achilya Dixon 1-yard run.

Danner scored on an 8-yard scamper with 5:38 left in the second quarter, while Jack Spradlin connected on a 31-yard field goal with just over a minute left before the half to send Dora into the break with a 23-0 lead.

The score remained 23-0 throughout the third quarter. Jasper scored its only points of the night with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter when Parker Sawyer connected with Jaiten Vann on a 25-yard touchdown pass. That score was set up after Sheldrick Cherry had stripped the football from a Dora running back only a few plays early and nearly ran it back for a score.

The final score of the night came when Danner dove into the end zone from the 2-yard-line.

Jasper’s season ends with the Vikings falling to 3-7 on the season.

Dora (8-2) will now host Deshler in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs next Friday.