Dora drubs West Blocton, moves to 4-0
by W. Brian Hale
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Caleb May rushed for 86 yards and added a touchdown in Dora’s 54-14 victory over West Blocton Friday night. The Bulldogs are 4-0. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Caleb May rushed for 86 yards and added a touchdown in Dora’s 54-14 victory over West Blocton Friday night. The Bulldogs are 4-0. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
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DORA — For the fourth consecutive week, the Dora Bulldogs’ formula of a powerful rushing attack and a stingy defense proved successful as they routed the West Blocton Tigers 54-14 at Horace Roberts Field in Dora on Friday.

The Bulldogs’ ground game produced 382 yards on the night, with Caleb May rushing for 86 yards on 6 carries with a touchdown to lead the team. May also connected on 5 of 9 passes for 53 yards, recording 153 all-purpose yards for the contest.

Dora’s defense had an equally impressive night, holding the West Blocton offense to 158 yards. As a team, the Bulldogs recorded 12 tackles for a loss and forced four Tiger turnovers that would be converted into 21 points.

Robert Johnson led the team with 6 tackles and two tackles for a loss, while Cade Stone would also record 6 tackles.

“Our job was to go out and play well tonight, as well as to get better overall and I think we had a solid performance,” Dora coach Johnny Wright said.

“I think last week against Corner that we took a few steps back and coming into tonight’s game we needed to do better on both sides of the ball. But our guys work hard and we’re going to get better as the year goes on. I am very pleased with what we accomplished tonight — any time you can get a win like we did, remain undefeated overall and have plenty of playing time for everyone on the team, it’s a great accomplishment.”

Dora needed just two plays to put the first points of the night on the scoreboard, with Demarcus Kirk finding the endzone on a 58-yard run. After the missed extra point, the Bulldogs grabbed a 6-0 lead.

After Dora’s defense held strong on the ensuing series, Kai Thomas fielded the West Blocton punt and raced 70 yards for the score. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 13-0 following the good extra point kick.

The Bulldogs would cap off a 83-yard drive to start the second quarter with Kirk scoring his second rushing touchdown of the night on a 6-yard run. After the successful extra point kick, Dora furthered the lead to 20-0.

On the following series, Dora’s Stonie Phillips would force and recover a West Blocton fumble, leading to a 6-play, 60 yard scoring drive, as May found the endzone from 20 yards out. With the good extra point kick, the Bulldogs pulled further away 27-0.

Thomas would add to the Dora lead on a 10-yard run to conclude an 11-play, 53 yard drive, giving the Bulldogs a 34-0 edge at halftime.

The Dora defense would quickly snuff out a West Blocton drive at the beginning of the third quarter when Brantley Whitlow stripped the ball from a Tiger rusher that would be scooped up by Kirk. Seven plays later, Thomas found the endzone on a 14-yard run to add to the Dora lead, 40-0 after the missed extra point kick.

After the Tigers scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 40-7, the Bulldogs would answer with a 53-yard scoring drive, with Kijuana Babbs taking the ball in on a 36-yard run. The good extra point kick extended Dora’s lead to 47-7.

Charles Clay would recover a West Blocton fumble on the ensuing drive, then would score Dora’s final points of the game on a 46-yard touchdown run for the 54-7 lead.

The Tigers would add a score of their own in the remaining seconds of the game to reach the 54-14 final.

Dora (4-0, 3-0) steps outside of Class 4A, Region 4 play next week, as they travel to Muscle Shoals to take on the Class 5A, No. 2-ranked Trojans.