Dora totaled 457 rushing yards on the night, behind Kai Thomas and Demarcus Kirk’s outstanding performances. Thomas ran for 185 yards on 16 carries with four touchdowns, bringing his two-game total to 414 yards on 24 carries for seven touchdowns. Kirk led the team in rushing on the night, adding 197 yards on 11 carries.
Cade Stone had 5 tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the Dora defense, while Kirk made his presence known by recording 4 tackles, with a quarterback sack and a tackle for a loss.
Dora coach Johnny Wright said he was pleased with his team’s performance against the talented Calera program, praising the efforts of his offensive line and the performances of Thomas and Kirk.
“With the heat and humidity that both ourselves and Calera were having to battle tonight, I was very happy to see that our conditioning allowed us to maintain our lead late into the game as it’s always a concern at this early point in the season,” Wright said. “Offensively, we did a great job — in the few times we didn’t move the ball effectively was due to play calling on my part, but we had some great plays and were superb on the ground. It’s a great start for us, as Calera is a good football team — they have players who are college commitments and it shows in their play. But we were able to step up to the challenge and I couldn’t be more proud of the overall job our offensive line did, along with the play of Demarcus and Kai tonight.”
Thomas also added in his praise for the line, saying their hard work will be the key to this year’s success.
“We’ve all worked hard together — I’ve taken what our coaches have been teaching me about making good reads and hitting the holes the line opens up for us, while they’ve gotten bigger, stronger and better in the job they do,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, all of the work we’ve put in will keep this level of success going.”
The Bulldogs scored the first points of the game midway through the first quarter following a five-play, 62-yard drive, with Thomas scoring the first of his four touchdowns on the night with a 25-yard run. Dora took the lead 7-0 following the successful extra point kick.
After the Eagles tied the game up at 7-7 on the first play of the second quarter, the Bulldogs answered on the following possession with a 56-yard touchdown run by Thomas to retake the lead, 13-7, following the missed extra point kick.
Dora’s defense held Calera to a punt on the ensuing series, leading to a five-play, 86-yard drive, capped off by a three-yard scramble by Caleb May. May would connect with A.J. Smoot for the two-point conversion to allow the Bulldogs to extend their lead to 21-7.
Thomas would score his third touchdown of the night on a 9-yard run to further Dora’s lead to 27-7 going into halftime following a missed extra point kick.
The Eagles would cut the lead to 27-14 after scoring on the first series of the third quarter — which was quickly answered by a 3-play, 49-yard drive by Dora, as Stone found the endzone on a 12-yard run. After the missed extra point kick, the Bulldogs remained in command, 33-14.
A 25-yard touchdown run by Thomas in the fourth quarter would end Dora’s final scoring drive, allowing the Bulldogs to pull further ahead 39-14.
Calera added an additional touchdown in the final minutes of the game to reach the 39-21 final.
Dora (2-0, 1-0) travels to Corner next week in another Region 4 matchup.
Former Baltimore Raven Williams joins the Dora coaching staff
DORA — The Dora Bulldog coaching staff received a very welcome addition to their ranks this week in the form — who just two short weeks ago was on the field for the Baltimore Ravens.
Former Dora and Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Chavis Williams, who was released from the Baltimore Ravens last week after spending a year with the program, contacted his former coach, Johnny Wright — now in his second tenure with the Bulldogs — with an offer that he simply couldn’t refuse.
“He called me up and asked if I could help him out at practice — and there was no way I could say no to the opportunity to have someone with his experience and who our kids look up to be part of the staff,” Wright said. “He’s been an absolute blessing in just the short time he’s been with us, you can tell he’s really grown up since he left to go to Alabama. I think he’ll be picked up by someone soon — he’s got a great amount of potential and any team would do well to have him on the roster — but it’s a gift to us to have him here.”