Rushing attack has Dora off to fast start
by Johnathan Bentley
Sep 09, 2012 | 1659 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kai Thomas didn’t get many touches out of the Dora backfield last season.

He’s making up for lost time during his senior season.

For the second straight week, Thomas led Dora’s ground attack, racking up 185 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 39-21 win over Calera Friday night. On the season, Thomas now has 414 yards and seven touchdowns on just 24 carries.

Behind Thomas, quarterback Caleb May and running back DeMarcus Kirk, coach Johnny Wright’s team appears to be one of the Class 4A, Region 4 frontrunners heading into next week’s region game against rival Corner. The Yellow Jackets (1-1, 1-0) got into the win column on Friday, edging West Blocton 14-9 on the road. Dora has won two in a row over Corner and seven of the last eight.

Thomas wasn’t the Bulldogs’ only weapon against Calera. DeMarcus Kirk had 197 yards on 11 attempts. On the night, Dora rushed for more than 450 yards.

Dora is 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2005, when Johnny Wright was in his first stint as head coach.

Sumiton Christian, Meek

Not many people had the Sumiton Christian-Meek matchup circled as a key region game before the season began, but the two meet in an early-season showdown Friday night at Meek High School.

Both teams are off to 2-0 starts.

Sumiton Christian built an early lead and held off Appalachian 24-20 in Week 2 while Meek routed Woodville 41-8 on the road. The Tigers edged Appalachian 21-20 in overtime in the season opener.

The Eagles are tied atop the Class 1A, Region 6 standings with Falkville. Both teams are 2-0 in area play. Meek and Ragland are both 1-0.

Sumiton Christian newcomer DeMonte Hobbs was all over the field against Appalachian. He rushed for 102 yards, had 60 yards receiving and also picked off a pair of passes.

This week’s matchup marks the first meeting between the teams. Sumiton Christian is playing in 1A for the first time since the 2001 season.

Winston County

At Double Springs, Winston County pulled off one of the biggest shockers in the state on Friday, beating Winfield 54-0. Not only did the Yellow Jackets ended a 15-game losing streak with the victory, they sent the Pirates to their worst loss since 1997.

The game was also Winston County’s most lopsided victory since a 64-0 win over Eldridge in 1929.

Through two games this season, Winston County has already scored 79 points, nearly half of last year’s total (162). Coach Wes Tidwell’s squad travels to Cullman County to take on a much-improved Good Hope team next week. The Red Raiders are 2-0, 1-0 after beating Hanceville 34-27 last week.

Winston County leads the all-time series with Good Hope 5-4. The teams haven’t played since 2005.

After the Good Hope game, the Yellow Jackets face Danville (1-1), Carbon Hill (0-2) and Cordova (0-2).

Oakman

Oakman rebounded from a season-opening loss to Parrish with a rout of Lamar County on Friday night.

The Wildcats, who were 0-4 all time against the Bulldogs, jumped out to a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-24 victory.

Oakman (1-1, 1-0) hosts Francis Marion this week marking the Wildcats’ third straight home game.

Jase Trotter and Chris Austin paced the Oakman offense against Lamar County.

Trotter completed 9 of 14 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns while Austin picked up 105 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Walker

Walker ground game paces the Vikings in a sloppy 28-13 win over Moody.

The Vikings were led by Tyler Phillips, who earned 168 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and Blake Wilkes, who completed 3-of-4 passes for 132 yards and a score. Walker now plays a key 5A, Region 6 game at Pinson Valley (1-1, 1-0).

Walker defeated Moody without the services of all-purpose athlete Quadrekas Key, who sat out the region opener. Key scored both of the Vikings’ touchdowns — one on both offense and defense — in a 41-14 season-opening loss to Cullman. Walker coach John Holladay said Key will be back on the field for the Center Point game.

Week 3 games

Walker (1-1) at Center Point (1-1)

Dora (2-0) at Corner (1-1)

Sumiton Christian (2-0) at Meek (2-0)

Carbon Hill (0-2) at Jemison (1-1)

Cordova (0-2) at Vinemont (2-0)

Marion County (2-0) at Parrish (1-1)

Francis Marion (0-2) at Oakman (1-1)

Mortimer Jordan (0-2) at Curry (1-1)

Pickens County (2-0) at Lynn (2-0)

Winston Co. (1-1) at Good Hope (2-0)

Addison (0-2) at Southeastern (0-1)