When Dumas took a 7-0 lead on Star City a week ago, the Bulldogs hadn’t quite gotten out of a rough spot.

When Dumas took a 7-0 lead on Star City a week ago, the Bulldogs hadn’t quite gotten out of a rough spot.


They were trying to end a two-game losing streak that sent them down from a first-place tie to fifth place, the final state-qualifying spot in the 8-4A Conference. As it turned out, they needed big plays outside of their offense to get moving in the right direction again.


A long kickoff return to the Dumas 9 and interception return to the 2 led to touchdowns that sparked a 28-point second quarter, which was all the Bulldogs needed to end their costly skid.


Spotting the co-leader in the 8-4A Conference a lead might be a little harder to overcome. Star City plans to avoid that when it hosts Dollarway at 7 tonight.


The bull’s-eye might not be on the Bulldogs tonight, however.


"We’ve always felt a bull’s-eye," Dollarway coach Cortez Lee said. "Each time we go into a game, we get a good game from both teams."


Dollarway (6-1, 4-0 in 8-4A) has won 13 straight conference games dating back to October 2012 (a 24-14 loss at Stuttgart in the 2-4A), but the Cardinals have to protect that streak on the road.


Quite simply, it’s a big game for both teams.


"We’re going to their place," Lee said. "They had a hard game (against Dumas). They’re looking to right the wrongs. It’s hostile territory to some people."


For the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2 in 8-4A), who had won five straight at Bulldog Stadium going into this month, it’s their last opportunity to defeat a remaining first-place team.


Warren got the better of Star City 46-21 on Oct. 3 after both teams started out in a neck-and-neck race. Star City didn’t recover from that and could not get a rhythm going the next week at home against Hamburg in a weather-interrupted game, losing 37-20.


But the offensive triple threat of running back Dajunn Harris, wide receiver Darien Chaney and quarterback Tye Brown may be enough to keep the Bulldogs on course against a Cardinals team that had its fits with the Tramon Savage-Deandre Rachal tandem from Hamburg a week ago in Pine Bluff.


"We have to pay attention to the things they do well," Lee said of Star City’s playmakers. "As long as we rally to the ball and give good effort, I think we’ll be fine."


Dollarway is coming off a first-place battle against Hamburg and wants to stay on course for a possible de facto conference championship game at home against Warren (5-2, 4-0) on Nov. 6. The Cards will have the not-so-easy task of limiting Harris’ production on the ground after yielding 180 rushing yards to Hamburg, which also had a 288-210 edge in total yards.


Sophomore quarterback Simeon Blair said the Cards had to rely on their own game plan to win.


"Our game is really based on the strengths of our running backs," Blair said after that game. "We’ve got about three, four good running backs and a good line. Then, whenever we need to, we can fake it and pass it and it will be there."