Dawgs pound Florence with ball control strategy

Jordan’s five touchdowns, 566 yards rushing propel Thorndale

Seth Rutter follows wing man Job Mason through the line to pick up a portion of Thorndale’s 566 yards rushing Friday night as the Bulldogs registered 35 first downs and put up 55 points. Reporter/Teresa Ging Seth Rutter follows wing man Job Mason through the line to pick up a portion of Thorndale’s 566 yards rushing Friday night as the Bulldogs registered 35 first downs and put up 55 points. Reporter/Teresa Ging FLORENCE—If there was any doubt that Thorndale is getting the hang of this Slot-T renaissance, the Bulldogs performance Friday night quieted any doubters.

Led by quarterback Paxton Jordan’s five touchdowns, the Bulldogs gobbled up 566 yards on the ground and stepped off an impressive 35 first downs in flogging Florence 55-35

Thorndale improved to 3-0 on the season, while Franklin suffered their first loss of the season.

Junior Steven McKendrick— who was the Bulldogs leading rusher last season, but hadn’t gained a single yard yet in 2010— broke free for 153 yards on 15 carries.

He was complemented by Job Mason who had 141 yards on 17 carries and Seth Rutter who picked up 125 yards on 21 carries.

To produce the five scores, Jordan ran for 77 yards on 11 tries. The senior scored from the 1,1,1,4 and 7 yard lines.

The Bulldogs ran 78 plays on the evening—70 of which were rushing plays.

“We played pretty well the entire game except for about four minutes in the third quarter,” said Thorndale Coach Kade Burns. “We got up by several touchdowns and lost focus and busted some coverages and gave up some big plays.

“Offensively we played very well and ran the ball better than we have all year. Defensively we need to be more consistent and cause some turnovers...we did not cause any on Friday.”

The Bulldogs had constructed a 35-7 lead by intermission, including a three touchdown outburst in the second quarter. Thorndale’s longest score of the evening was from 11 yards.

Florence tried to counter through the air as quarterback Doak Hensley completed 19-of- 35 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

“Overall, a good win for us on the road but we need to stay focused,” Burns said. “We feel like we have much to improve on and our kids know we are building for district competition which begins next week.”

Scouting Bremond

Thorndale will celebrate homecoming by hosting Bremond Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

It’s the Bulldogs final game before district play begins (Bruceville Eddy on Sept. 17 at home).

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.

Bremond (2-1) is coming off a 26-12 victory over Normangee. The Tigers are led by quarterback Johnathan White who accrued 167 yards of total offense in the win.

The Tigers lost their opener to Buffalo, while their two wins have come by a total of 26 points.

Thorndale Florence
35 First downs 19
70-566 Rushing 20-128
2-8-0 Passing 19-35-0
13 Passing yards 259
579 Total yards 387
1-26 Punts 3-33
2-1 Fumbles 2-2
8-70 Penalties 2-10
Score by quarters
Thorndale 14 21 7 13—55
Florence 7 0 21 7—35
Scoring summary
First quarter
THORN—Paxton Jordan 1 run (Emmanuel
Castillo kick) 8:14
THORN—Jordan 1 run (Castillo kick)
FLO—Michael Ramirez 55 run (Flores
kick) 1:39
Second quarter
THORN—Jordan 1 run (Castillo kick)
THORN—Seth Rutter 8 run (Castillo
kick) 8:05
THORN—Jordan 4 run (Castillo kick)
Third quarter
THORN—Job Mason 3 run (Castillo kick)
FLO—Emilio Ramirez 43 pass from Doak
Hensley (Flores kick) 9:47
FLO—Michael Ramirez 2 run (Flores
kick) 9:13
FLO—Balentin Carranco 11 pass from
Hensley (Flores kick) 4:32
Fourth quarter
THORN—Steven McKendrick 3 run (kick
failed) 6:47
FLO—Michael Ramirez (Flores kick)
THORN—Jordan 7 run (Castillo kick)
Thorndale leaders
RUSHING—McKendrick 15 -153 TD,
Mason 17- 41 TD, Rutter 21-125 TD,
Jordan 11-77 5 TD, Ware 3-38, Ware, Q.
1-16, Cantwell 2-16.
PASSING—Jordan 2-8-0, 13 yards.
RECEIVING—Corcoron 1-12, Mason
RUSHING—Rutter 48-273 3 TD, Mason
36-251 3 TD, McKendrick 17-153 TD,
Ware 10-83 TD, Jordan 25-129 7 TD, Miller
3-5, Ware, Q. 1-16, Cantwell 2-16.
PASSING—Jordan 13-27-3, 191 yards
3 TD.
RECEIVING—Ware 5 -107 TD, Mason
4-35, Corcoron 2-32 TD, Miller 1-15,
Rutter 1-4.

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