DORA — Call it too many missed opportunities.
Corner came as close as they have come in many years to beating Dora on the Bulldogs’ own turf, but simply made too many crucial mistakes as they fell 21-11 on Friday night.
The biggest opportunity the Yellow Jackets had was to play on Dora’s level at all. The Bulldogs have pretty much had their way with Corner in recent years, but with graduation-thinned ranks coupled with the loss of standout running back Demarcus Kirk to season-ending injury, the Jackets had a legitimate chance for a win.
And they might have pulled it off, if it weren’t for six fumbles — two of them turned over — and some ill-timed penalties.
“Good defense will do that,” Corner coach Zac Willis said. “We took ourselves out of the ball game by putting the ball on the ground and giving up a penalty down there [deep in Dora territory]. We got beat by a good football team.”
Dora opened the game looking for all the world like the Bulldogs of yesteryear. After the teams traded opening possessions, the hosts got on the board first when Kenton Petties took a lateral from quarterback Steven Gosha and ran 64 yards for the score.
Each team drove deep on their next drives, but Corner’s ended with a missed field goal and Dora’s stopped dead with a bad snap on fourth down at the Jackets 30.
Early in the second quarter, Corner began a drive in good field position after a long punt return by Dylan Adamson. As quarterback — one of three Willis used in the game — he connected with Deshay Averhart for a 37-yard touchdown pass. After an offside penalty on the conversion kick, Corner faked the kick and fed the ball to Averhart again, who sneaked in for two points. That gave the Jackets an 8-7 lead with 7:55 left in the first half; it was Corner’s only lead of the night.