74-7 It’s up, up and away in big win

Dawgs host No. 5 Lexington Friday in stern loop test

Seth Rutter kicks it in gear to score one of his four touchdwns against Rosebud-Lott. It marks the second straight week the junior has crossed the goal line four times. He also gained 227 yards. Reporter/Teresa Ging Seth Rutter kicks it in gear to score one of his four touchdwns against Rosebud-Lott. It marks the second straight week the junior has crossed the goal line four times. He also gained 227 yards. Reporter/Teresa Ging TRAVIS—Seth Rutter is becoming monotonous, but his efforts are worth repeating..

For the second week in a row, Rutter crossed the goal line four times to spearhead Thorndale’s 74-7 ransacking of Rosebud-Lott at Cougar Stadium.

The victory lifts the Bulldogs to 7-1 on the season and keeps them in the heart of the playoff chase with a 3-1 mark.

Rosebud-Lott—which has surrendered 136 points in its last two games—sags to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in league play.

Thor ndale has scored 128 points in its past two wins and will need that and reserve when they host 7-0 and No. 5 Lexington Friday in a crucial contest.

“We will see,” said Thorndale Coach Kade Burns, “our kids have been playing well and we are going to have to be ready as Lexington has a very good football team this year.”

The 74 points against Rosebud- Lott represents the most points scored by a Thorndale team since it beat Thrall 75-13 in 2002.

Rutter, a 6-foot, 165-pound junior, busted loose for 227 yards in addition to his four scores. That gives him 15 for the year as he nears the 1,000-yard mark.

The last Bulldog to eclipse the 1,00o-yard mark was Marcus Gest in 2006.

There was plenty of paydirt to go around as the Dawgs scored 10 touchdowns.

Steven McKendrick picked up 88 yards rushing with two scores, while Job Mason chipped in 57 yards and also scored twice.

The versatile Josh Ware also got in on the fun, with a 32-yard grab from quarterback Paxton Jordan for a score and he also darted in from the 11 on a run for another touchdown.

The Bulldogs led 47-7 at intermission and 68-7 after three periods.

Behind Rut ter, Thor nda le stacked up 451 yards on the ground, its second-best output of the year (566 against Florence)

Matt Schneider represented the defense with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs held Rosebud- Lott to 179 total yards and just 107 on the ground. They also forced them to punt six times.

Scouting Lexington

Thorndale and Lexington have met 45 times with the Bulldogs leading the series 23-20-1.

When the two teams occupy the same district, Thorndale has an 11-9 edge.

Since 1980, the Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 12 games played against Lexington in Bulldog Stadium.

Lexington is coming off a 40-21 victory over Franklin.

The high flying Eagles are led by senior quarterback Kogan Garrett who has already thrown for 1,228 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In the win over Franklin, Garret threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more.

His favorite target is Josh Murray, who has hauled in 21 passes for 579 yards.

Xavier Ward takes care of the running game with 598 yards.

This game will be one of contrasts as Thorndale is the top scoring team in the district, averaging 45 points per outing.

However, Lexington has allowed just 63 points all season, 11 less than the Bulldogs just put up on Rosebud-Lott.

Thorndale Rosebud-Lott
22 First downs 11
33-451 Rushing 36-107
2-3-0 Passing 5-15-2
47 Passing yards 72
498 Total yards 179
1-36 Punts 6-29
1-0 Fumbles 2-1
2-20 Penalties 3-35
Score by quarters
Thorndale 21 26 21 6—74
Rosebud-Lott 7 0 0 0— 7
Scoring summary
First quarter
THORN—Steven McKendrick 15 run
(Emanuel Castillo) 10:11
ROSE—Deandre Thompson 15 pass
from Hunter Newumann (Neil Rabroker
kick) 6:52
THORN—Josh Ware 32 pass from Paxton
Jordan (Castillo kick) 4:53
Second quarter
THORN—Job Mason 9 run (run failed
THORN —Ware 11 r un (kick failed)
THORN—Rutter 64 run (Castillo kick)
THORN—Rutter 2 run (Castillo kick)
Third quarter
THORN—Steven McKendrick 53 run
(Castillo kick) 11:36
THORN –Rutter 51 run (Castillo kick)
THORN—Job Mason 23 run (Castillo
kick) :05
Fourth quarter
THORN—Matt Schneider 32 interception
return (run failed) 4:41
Thorndale leaders
RUSHING—Rutter 12-227 4 TD, McKendr
ick 6 -88 2 T D, M ason 6 -57 2 T D, W are
2-37 TD, Jordan 3-26, Ware, Q. 2-14,
Miller, T. 1-2, Miller, P. 1-0.
PASSING—Jordan 2-3-0, 47 yards, TD.
RECEIVING—Ware 1-32, McKendrick
RUSHING—Rutter 113-782 15 TD, Mason
68-497 7 TD, McKendrick 63-459 5 TD,
Jordan 60-391 8 TD, Ware 18-178 3 TD,
Miller 6-9 TD, Ware, Q. 5-48, Cantwell
6-32, Miller, P. 3-11.
PASSING—Jordan 44-82-6, 700 yards 11
TD, Ware 1-1-0, 47 yards.
RECEIVING—Ware 18-365 6 TD, Mason
5-38, Corcoron 6-110 3 TD, Miller 3-55,
Rutter 4-62 TD, Youngblood 1-13, McKendrick
4-76, Elms 2-6, Schneider 1-10,
Miller, P. 1-4.

District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
Lexington 3 0 7 0 303 63
Rogers 3 0 7 0 270 145
Thorndale 3 1 7 1 361 137
Franklin 2 2 6 2 318 165
Jarrell 1 3 3 5 145 261
Rose-Lott 0 3 2 5 128 267
Bruce-Eddy 0 3 0 7 99 216
This week—Lexington at Thorndale;
Jarrell at Rogers; Rosebud-Lott at Brucev
ille Eddy; Fr anklin is id le.
Last week—Thorndale 74, Rosebud-
Lott 7; Lexington 40, Franklin 21; Jarrell
23, Bruceville-Eddy 21; Rogers was idle.

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