Bulldogs provide Burns with first season victory

Scoring bomb on first play of game ignites Thorndale

THORNDALE—There had to be more than a couple of grins in the Thorndale huddle when the Bulldog players discovered what their first play of the game was going to be.

Jarrell—and everybody else— was going to be shocked.

Using a 65-yard pass as a springboard, the Bulldogs jumped all over Jarrell 28-9 at Bulldog Stadium Friday night for their first victory of the season and consequently, the first for new coach Kade Burns.

Jarrell, which defeated Thorndale 56-0 last season, tumbles to 0-2 on the year.

The Bulldogs struck first last week against Normnagee but couldn't get it to stand up. It was different this time around.

In a surprise move that caught Jarrell completely of f guard against the run-first Bulldogs, quarterback Paxton Jordan found running back Tyler Morton in the clear and Morton raced 65 yards for the score with only 18 seconds ticked off the clock.

It was Jordan's only pass completion of the evening in three attempts.

Jarrell countered with a 27yard field goal by Chris Jensen, but the Bulldogs fought right back, as fullback Shea Maupin bulled over from the four with 7 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter to provide Thorndale with a 14-3 cushion, which would hold up at halftime.

The Bulldogs used the big play on defense to expand their lead as Kasey Corcoran picked up a loose ball and returned it 79 yards for a score to make it 21-3 with 7:30 left in the third quarter.

Jordan finished off the 21 unanswered points with another four yard run to increase Thorndale's lead to 28-3 with 11:54 remaining to be played.

Jarrell recorded its only touchdown on a 75-yard connection from Aaron Burns to Daniel Tucker from 75 yards out.

After managing just 160 yards last week in the loss to Normangee, the Bulldogs are becoming more familiar with their new Wing-T offense and racked up 260 yards Friday night.

Sophomore Steven McKendrick again paved the way with 80 yards on just nine carries, while Maupin followed with 68 yards and Morton 65.

Scouting Bremond Thorndale and Bremond have a storied past, whether it be in the regular season or the playoffs. In both the 2005 and 2006 seasons, the two schools played each other twice.

The Tigers defeated Thorndale twice in 2005, the second time, knocking them out of the first round of the playoffs.

In 2006, Thorndale turned the tables on Bremond, defeating them twice, the second time in the playoffs.

On its way to the Class A Division II state championship game two years ago, the Tigers blanked Thorndale 28-0 during the regular season.

The Tigers lost to Munday 26-6 in the championship contest and finished 13-2.

Bremond defeated Thorndale 33-13 in 2008 on its way to an 11-2 season.

Bremond will be giving it a go this season without all-state quarterback LaDirral Bailey who churned out over 5,000 yards of total offense in his career.

The Tigers do feature all-state linebacker Justin Williams.

Coached by Slugger Hamrick, the Tigers are coming off their bye week after falling to Class 2A Hearne in the season opener 30-27.

The contest starts at 7:30 in Bremond.

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Randy McQuinn hauled in a game-winning pass from Dillon Irwin as time expired to give the Bulldogs a 12-6 win over Jarrell.

"Our kids came out in the second half and showed a lot of enthusiasm and wore them down," said Coach Kelly Kuhl. "Our kids never gave up and found a way to win the game in the end."

Gerald Mason led the way for the 2-0 Bulldogs with 64 yards rushing, while the defense held Jarrell to 104 yards of total offense.

PAW PRINTS— Thor nda le head coach Todd Doughty captured his first win Friday at Meridian with a 24- 20 victory over Hubbard. The Yelowjackets lost in the opener to Axtell 33-13.

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