It was four touchdowns against Autaugaville, five touchdowns against Montevallo and six touchdowns against Millry.
So we can expect seven touchdowns from Billingsley running back D.J. Dunigan this week, right?
Dunigan isn’t concerned about touchdowns when the Bears host Georgiana in the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs on Friday, but admitted he’s been having fun on this run.
“It’s a true blessing to have a line as great as that. It’s just a good feeling to be able to come out and do what I do best. Playing the position I play, it’s a tough job, but with the team we have I think we can get it done,” Dunigan said.
The game-breaking junior has racked up 15 total touchdowns in the past three weeks, sparking a Bears run to the playoffs after a 3-5 start. Six of his touchdowns came last week in a 53-28 victory over Millry in the first round when he ran for 239 yards and five touchdowns, and caught a 27-yard touchdown.
It’s made life easier for coach Tyson McLean, who is aiming to lead Billingsley on another deep playoff run after last year’s semifinals appearance.
“Whenever it gets to crunch time, we try to use him as much as we can,” McLean said. “It’s tough, especially with the type of games we’ve been having. These aren’t pushover games, these have been hard-fought games. I don’t know if I’ve seen (a string of touchdowns) against that competition.”
Dunigan came on as Billingsley’s go-to guy late last season. He’s content to let everyone else worry about his touchdowns while he focuses on improving on last year.
“In the playoffs it’s a different game than a regular-season game. You’ve got to have fewer turnovers, you have to be smarter and make better decisions. One wrong move could cost the game,” Dunigan said. “So taking that into consideration, I have to get better and be better this year.
He’s run for 1,896 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, while grabbing 11 passes for 87 yards and two scores.
Touchdowns aren’t his main concern, but when asked if he would get seven touchdowns, he was optimistic.
“Trying to go up. Have to do whatever we can to make the playoffs. We’re trying to make it to state,” Dunigan said.