Dora seeks 2nd straight region title
by Johnathan Bentley
Jul 15, 2013 | 1782 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dora football coach Johnny Wright signals to a player during last year’s win over Carbon Hill. Wright led the Bulldogs to a 12-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals last year.
Dora football coach Johnny Wright signals to a player during last year’s win over Carbon Hill. Wright led the Bulldogs to a 12-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals last year.
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•This is the fourth in a series highlighting area high school football schedules.

Johnny Wright guided Dora’s football team to three region titles during his first stint as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

He added another chapter to his lore in his return to the school in 2013, leading the Bulldogs to not only a region championship, but a spot in the state semifinals for the first time since 1988.

Though Dora lost plenty of talent from last year’s team, including all-purpose quarterback Caleb May and running back Kai Thomas,  Wright looks reload in Class 4A, Region 4.

The Bulldogs first three home games this season offer fans plenty of reasons to make the trip to Horace Roberts Field.

Dora opens the season at home against Cordova on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Blue Devils are under new head coach Jimmy Gay. Dora won last year’s game 45-6 at Cordova.

Two weeks later, region rival Corner comes to town and in Week 5, former Cordova coach Scott Basden brings his Muscle Shoals Trojans to Dora.

Dora had one of the top offenses in the state in 2012, averaging 39 points per game, including three games with more than 50 points.

After hosting Cordova, the Bulldogs open the region schedule in Week 2 at Calera, which finished as the region runner-up in 2012. Dora earned a convincing 39-21 win over the Eagles last season.

In Week 3, Dora hosts Corner, looking for their fourth straight win over the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs have won eight of nine in the series, which dates back to 1946. Dora won last year’s game 39-17.

Dora heads to West Blocton in Week 4. West Blocton finished 2-8 last season.

In Week 5, Muscle Shoals, the only team to beat Dora in the regular season last year, heads to Dora. Basden’s Trojans finished 13-1 last year, losing to McAdory in the state semifinals.

Dora hosts Bibb County in Week 6. The once-powerful Choctaws slipped to 3-6 last season, but gave the Bulldogs a scare in Dora’s 25-20 victory.

Three of Dora’s last four games are on the road starting with a trip to Oak Grove in Week 7. Dora won 48-21 last year.

Dora’s last home game comes in Week 8 against Jemison, which the Bulldogs defeated 39-8 last season. Dora stays in Walker County in Week 9 with a trip to Carbon Hill.The teams played for the first time since 1973 last year with Dora picking up a 61-0 home victory.

Dora makes the 140-mile trip to Randolph County to take on Handley in the final regular-season game.  The Bulldogs won last year’s meeting 39-22 to close out a 9-1 regular season.

The Bulldogs’ 2013 opponents combined for a 50-58 record in 2012.

Dora Bulldogs 2013 schedule

The Dora Bulldogs shoot for their second consecutive region championship under coach Johnny Wright Here is a look at this year’s football schedule.

Date    Opponent    ‘12 rec.

Aug. 29    Cordova    3-7

Sept. 6    at Calera    8-3

Sept. 13     Corner    7-4

Sept. 20    at W. Blocton    2-8

Sept. 27    Muscle Shoals    13-1

Oct. 4    Bibb County    3-6

Oct. 11    at Oak Grove    2-8

Oct. 18    Jemison    5-6

Oct. 25    at Carbon Hill    0-10

Oct. 31    at Handley    7-5