Dora took the lead back when Gosha linked up with Quadrekus Key for a 25-yard scoring toss, then Gosha hit Petties for two extra points.
The Jackets looked as if they were going to score again late in the half, driving all the way down to the Dora 1. But they turned the ball over on a fumble, even though the ball carrier’s behing appeared to be on the ground when the ball came loose.
Corner took the opening drive of the second half down to the Bulldog 9 but bogged down. Cody Stevens kicked a 30-yard field goal to cut the deficit to four points with 9:37 left in the third period.
Dora gave their guests ample chances in the third period, fumbling the ball away twice, but came up empty-handed with only a missed field goal to show for it.
After that miss, the Dogs pretty well put the game away with a scoring drive that ended on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Gosha hooked up with Key yet again, this time on a 29-yard touchdown toss.
The Jackets had two more chances in the final period, but one drive ended with a fumble on the Dora 11, and the other was hampered by a personal foul deep in the Bulldog half of the field and finished with a fourth-down sack of quarterback Chase Best.
Willis commended his troops for playing tough, if not always smartly.
“That’s about as hard as we’ve played. I’ve got a bunch of fighters in that locker room,” Willis said.
One of the brighter lights for Corner was senior running back Hunter Doppler, who was on everyone’s radar before the night was done. Doppler ran 21 times for 107 yards to lead the Jackets.
“We’ve tried to give him the ball a little more. We’ve got some guys that are banged up so he had to step up, and he did,” Willis said.