Dora back in rankings after five-year absence
by Johnathan Bentley
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Dora quarterback Caleb May and the Bulldogs are ranked No. 10 in Class 4A in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association prep rankings. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Dora quarterback Caleb May and the Bulldogs are ranked No. 10 in Class 4A in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association prep rankings. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Dora’s five-year wait is over.

The Bulldogs cracked the top 10 in Class 4A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings this week.

Dora, which enters the poll at No. 10, is ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2006 season.

Coach Dusty Goode’s Bulldogs are 5-1 and notched their fourth straight win last Thursday, hammering Corner 55-10. Dora took advantage of No. 8 Fairview’s loss to No. 10 Guntersville last week. Fairview dropped out the poll, propelling Dora into the top 10.

Thomasville holds down the No. 1 spot in Class 4A with 360 votes followed by: Jackson (256), Dadeville (228), North Jackson (206), Deshler (184), Bibb County (158), Andalusia (134), Beauregard (80), Guntersville (65) and Dora (15).

Lynn is the only other ranked area team. The Bears (6-0) hold down the No. 2 spot in Class 1A behind No. 1 Linden.

The Bulldogs are currently alone in the No. 3 spot in Class 4A, Region 5 with a 3-1 region mark heading into this week’s home game against Oak Grove (4-2, 2-2).

Dora running back Cody Staten is already closing in on 1,000 rushing yards this season after a second straight 200-plus yard performance against Corner. He picked up 223 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and has now rushed for 438 yards and six touchdowns on just 23 carries in the last two games.

On the season, Staten has rushed for 957 yards on 83 carries, an average of 11.5 yards per attempt. Against Corner, quarterback Caleb May picked up 113 yards and two touchdowns on just nine attempts.

As a team Dora had 520 yards of offense, including 441 rushing yards.

Dora’s prolific offense ranks fifth in Class 4A. Only Jemison (280), Jackson (267), Bibb County (263) and Thomasville (261) have scored more than Dora’s 245 points.

As good as the Bulldogs’ offense has been, the defense has been just as impressive, holding five of six opponents to 10 points or less. Dora ranks ninth in 4A in scoring defense.

Only Fayette County, which beat Dora 33-26, has scored more than one touchdown against the Bulldogs’ defense.

Oak Grove has won its last two meetings against Dora including a narrow 38-35 victory over the Bulldogs last season. Oak Grove won the game with a late, tie-breaking field goal.

In Class 1A, Lynn stayed at No. 2 for the second straight week. Linden is ranked No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes as well as 360 total votes. Lynn has 250 votes and is followed by: Collinsville (211) and Brantley (211), Maplesville (185), Pickens County (149), Addison (124), Ragland (92), Sweet Water (61) and Marion County (38).

Lynn takes its undefeated record to winless South Lamar Friday.

Like Dora, the Bears have a prolific offense. Unlike the Bulldogs, Lynn is doing its damage through the air with sophomore quarterback Brody Meeks who has thrown for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. He has also rushed for three scores.

This week Lynn faces a South Lamar team that has allowed an average of 40.6 points in its last five games. The Stallions are coming off a 66-8 loss at Berry last week.

Lynn has beaten South Lamar each of the last three seasons, including a 47-24 home win in 2010.