Opening statement Dawgs dump on Hamilton

2A debut produces plenty of fireworks; rival Thrall on deck for 80th meeting

Senior running back Job Mason grabs one of two pass receptions he accounted for in Thorndale’s opening day victory over Hamilton. Mason also rushed for 53 yards and scored two touchdowns. Reporter/ Teresa Ging Senior running back Job Mason grabs one of two pass receptions he accounted for in Thorndale’s opening day victory over Hamilton. Mason also rushed for 53 yards and scored two touchdowns. Reporter/ Teresa Ging THORNDALE—Call it the twominute warning.

Churning along with a 6-0 lead in the second quarter, Thorndale erupted for 25 unanswered points in a span of 2 minutes and 13 seconds and scored in a variety of ways to separate themselves from their opponent en route to a resounding 51-7 victory over Hamilton to open the 2010 season.

It ushered the Bulldogs into its latest venture in Class 2A in a big way.

“We played well and were fortunate to get on them early,” said second-year coach Kade Burns. “We had that span of about three minutes in the game where we scored on a touchdown pass, an interception returned for a touchdown, and then a punt return that really hurt them.

After quarterback Paxton Jordan snuck over from the one to open the scoring in the first quarter, he hooked up with Job Mason on a four-yard scoring pass to initiate the onslaught on the scoreboard in the second quarter.

A minute and a half later, allstate defensive back Josh Ware showed his wares and returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown to make it 18-0.

A dozen seconds later, Jordan connected with Ware from 25 yards out to make it 24-0.

Eighteen seconds later, Jack Elms picked off a Nic Bottlinger pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and the frenzy was over, with Thorndale standing on a commanding 31-0 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs were hardly finished sniffing out the end zone. Seth Rutter scored on the first play from scrimmage in the second half from 37 yards out to push the score to 38-0.

“I was proud of our kids for coming out in the second half and scored on the first play,” Burns said. “We played good defense and threw the ball well also.”

Rutter led Thorndale with 58 yards rushing thanks to his long score, while Mason chipped in 53 yards and Ware 32 yards

Ware also snared four passes for 86 yards and a score.

Jordan t ur ned in a solid performance at quarterback, throwing for 128 yards and three touchdowns while running for 28 yards and a score.

“We need to keep getting better. we know that we have many things to work on and we have a big game this week vs. our rival Thrall... so we better be focused and ready,” Burns said

Scouting Thrall

The two Highway 79 neighbors will be butting heads for the 80th time Friday night in Thrall

This will be the 80th meeting between the two teams. The Bulldogs won last year’s meeting 40-16 and lead the series 48-28-3.

Thorndale has won two straight after Thrall ran off three consecutive wins in the series.

The Bulldogs rolled up 427 yards of total offense in the 2009 contest, including 382 on the ground, led by Steven McKendrick’s 187 and four touchdowns.

While the Bulldogs are coming off a huge win, Thrall fell victim to big play Johnson City 27-14 in its opener.

The Lions were led by quarterback Tucker Lawrence’s 51 yards passing.

Thrall broke a three-year playoff void last season, finishing 5-6, and return 14 starters in 2010.

The Lions have been tabbed as the District 12A favorites.

Hamilton Thorndale
11 First downs 17
34-108 Rushing 32-179
7-19-2 Passing 8-10-0
70 Passing yards 128
178 Total yards 307
5-26 Punts 2-41
4-2 Fumbles 2-1
10-92 Penalties 9-90
Score by quarters
Hamilton 0 0 0 7— 7
Thorndale 6 25 13 7—51
Scoring summary
First quarter
THORN — Pa x ton Jordan 1 run (kick
failed) 6:47
Second quarter
THORN—Job Mason 4 pass from Jordan
(run failed) 9:42
THORN—Josh Ware 40 punt return (kick
failed) 8:25
THORN—Ware 25 pass from Jordan (kick
failed) 8:13
THORN—Jack Elms 33 INT return (Jordan
kick) 7:55
Third quarter
THORN—Seth Rutter 37 run (kick failed)
THORN—Kasey Corcoron 18 pass from
Jordan (Jordan kick) 1:57
Fourth quarter
THORN—Mason 1 run (Jordan kick)
HAM—Nic Bottlinger 2 run (Payne kick)
Thorndale leaders
RUSHING—Rutter 6-58 TD, Mason 10-53
TD, Ware 6-32, Jordan 6-28 TD, Miller
3-5, McKendrick 1-3.
PASSING—Jordan 8-10-0, 128 yards,
RECEIVING—Josh Ware 4-86 TD, Mason
2-20 TD, Corcoron 1-18 TD, Rutter 1-4.

District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
Thorndale 0 0 1 0 51 7
Lexington 0 0 1 0 60 0
Rogers 0 0 1 0 42 39
Franklin 0 0 1 0 20 15
Bruce-Eddy 0 0 0 1 25 41
Rosebud-Lott 0 0 0 1 19 34
Jarrell 0 0 0 1 0 39
This week—Thorndale at Thrall; Lexingt
on a t B lanco; A xtell a t B ruceville-Eddy;
Academy at Rogers; Clifton at Rosebud-
Lott; Jarrell at Bartlett; Houston Lutheran
South at Franklin.
Last week—Thorndale 51, Hamilton
7; Lexington 60, Caldwell 0; Rogers 42,
Groesbeck 39; Crawford 39, Jarrell 0;
Franklin 20, Hearne 15; Florence 41,
Bruceville-Eddy 25; McGregor 34, Roseb
ud Lott 14.

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