Bulldogs dispense with Holland for clean sweep
THORNDALE—Ever the obedient team, the Thorndale Bulldogs went out and produced what their coach desired—perfection.
The playoff bound Bulldogs polished off a perfect District 26A ledger with a 54-14 victory over Holland Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Thorndale finishes the regular season at 8-2 overall and 5-0 in district play and will now face District 25A champion and No. 4 ranked Goldthwaite in the Division I bi-district round Friday at 7:30 in Marble Falls (for more information see below).
Holland, which hasn't made the playoffs since 1998, ends the season at 2-8 and 0-4.
"Our kids played well," said first-year coach Kade Burns. "We came out and were really moving the ball and doing some good things. We gave up a touchdown on the first drive of the game and then we settled down and played well.
"We were excited for our kids and staff that we were the district champions....that is one of the goals that we had from the beginning of football. However, we also wanted to make runs in the playoffs and win gold footballs.
"We need to be excited about winning the district championship.... but we need to be focused on the task at hand, Goldthwaite."
This affair was a scorekeeper's nightmare.
T he t wo te a ms c ombi ne d for nearly 1,000 yards in total offense and almost 275 yards in penalities.
The Bulldogs ground out 568 yards rushing on 49 carries and averaged nearly 12 yards per carry.
Little used Quenten Ware was the benefactor of the outburst, picking up 230 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.
Five other Bulldog runners had at least 50 yards or better, including Shea Maupin (73), Kenneth Talley (61), Tyler Morton (57), Steven McKendrick (55) and Paxton Jordan (55).
Defensively, Thorndale picked off five passes.
Holland actually scored first on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mike Cockerill to Ely Stroud.
The Hornets, who had 307 yards of offense including 218 through the air, would not score again until Thorndale had posted 54 unanswered points.
"They are a very good football team, the best we have seen all year," Burns said. "They run a two tight end set with wishbone in the backfield and run right at you on offense.
"Defensively they are going to play a 5-3 stack and come right at you. They have speed and size and really play hard. They are good but our kids will be excited about playing them.
"We want our kids to play aggressive, fast, and really have fun Friday night. It should be a great atmosphere for a high school playoff game."
Like Thorndale, Goldthwaite is a playoff tested team and is making its sixth consecutive playoff trek, which matches Thorndale's run.
Over that five-year span, the Eagles are 59-11.
Goldthwaite is led by veteran coach Gary Proffitt who has recorded 213 wins in his 24 years on the Goldthwaite sidelines, including two state championships in 1993 and 1994.
That of course was in Class 2A, Thorndale was the Class A state champion in 1994 (then again in 1995).
Under Proffitt, the Eagles are 34-15-2 in 16 playoff appearances. Of the school's 40 playoff wins, 34 have come under Proffitt.
The Eagles are led by 6-foot, 170-pound running back Jonathon Williams who ran for 1,006 yards this season and is coming off a three-touchdown performance in their 35-0 victory over Meridian.
Mer idian is led by former Thor nda le head coach Todd Doughty who went 3-7 in his first season there.
The Eagles were tabbed as district champions in pre-season polls behind Chilton, but Chilton has fallen by the way side leaving the door wide open for Goldthwaite to snap up the district championship.
The two teams do have a common opponent, Chilton.
Goldthwaite clipped Chilton 38-30 a month ago, while Thorndale lost to the Pirates 24-6, in the fourth week of the season.
Last season, Thorndale was blown away by both the 48 mph winds that swirled around Moody Stadium and Goldthwaite as well in a 42-10 loss.
The Bulldogs managed just 77 yards of total offense, including a slim 15 in the first half.
Thorndale logged 58 yards (44 through the air) of that total on its final drive of the game when the Bulldogs finally crossed the goal line.
THORNDALE VS NO. 4 GOLDTHWAITE
What: Thorndale Bulldogs (8-2,
5-0) vs. No. 4 Goldthwaite Eagles
10-0, 4-0). Bi-district round of
Class A, Divisions I playoffs.
Where: Marble Falls Mustang Stadium
(4,750 capacity, artificial).
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Thorndale def. Holland
54-14; Goldthwaite def. Meridian
Last year: Goldwaithe won 42-10.
Playoffs: Thorndale has 32 wins
in 22 appearances (.660 winning
percentage). Goldthwaite has 39
wins in 25 appearances (.642).
Eagle to watch: Jr. RB/DB Jonathon
Williams (6-foot, 170).
|Score by quarters|
|Holland||6||0 0 8—14|
|Thorndale||7 20 13 14—54|
First quarter HOLLAND—Eli Stroud 25 pass from Mike Cockerill (kick blocked) 7:57 THORNDALE—Josh Ware 20 pass from Paxton Jordan (Tyler Jordan kick) 5:17
Second quarter THORNDALE—Kenneth Talley 7 run (Jordan kick) 11:16 THORNDALE—Jordan 1 run (Jordan kick) 4:33 THORNDALE—Ware, J. 34 run (kick failed) :41
Third quarter THORNDALE—Steven McKendrick 31 run (Jordan kick) 10:04 THORNDALE—Quenten Ware 15 run (kick failed) 8:56
Fourth quarter THORNDALE—Ware, Q. 55 run (Jordan kick) 11:02 THORNDALE—Tyler Miller 1 run (Jordan kick) 4:36 HOLLAND—Gabriel Comacho 7 pass to Stroud (Chance Branter run) 2:38.
Thorndale leaders RUSHING—Ware, Q. 9-230 2 TD, Maupin 8-73, Talley 8-61, Morton 6-57, McKendrick 6-55, Jordan 8-55, Ware, J. 1-34, Miller 3-2. PASSING—Jordan, 3-5-1, 61 yards, TD. RECEIVING—Maupin 1-30, Ware, J. 1-20 TD, Corcoran 1-11.
THORNDALE SEASON LEADERS
RUSHING—McKendrick 104-606 6 TD; Maupin 95-514 5 TD, Morton 82-465 1 TD, Jordan 106-416 7 TD, Ware, Q. 20-255 2 TD, Talley 39-200, 5 TD, O'Brien 19-80 1 TD, Ware, J. 1-34 TD, Corcoron 6-20, , Miller 6-2 TD.
PASSING—Jordan 24-45-4, 489 yards 7 TD, Maupin 10-21-2, 147 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING—J. Ware 14-293 5 TD, McKendrick 6-77 1 TD, Morton 2-69 1 TD, Corcoran 3-37, Maupin 1-30, Talley 1-28, O'Brien 2-21 2 TD, Ging 1-27, Miller 1-18, Saunders 2-32.