74-7 It’s up, up and away in big win
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.
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.
|22 First downs||11|
|47 Passing yards||72|
|498 Total yards||179|
|Score by quarters|
|Thorndale 21 26||21 6—74|
|Rosebud-Lott 7 0||0 0— 7|
|THORN—Steven McKendrick||15 run|
|(Emanuel Castillo) 10:11|
|ROSE—Deandre Thompson||15 pass|
|from Hunter Newumann (Neil||Rabroker|
|THORN—Josh Ware 32 pass from Paxton|
|Jordan (Castillo kick) 4:53|
|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)|
|THORN—Steven McKendrick||53 run|
|(Castillo kick) 11:36|
|THORN –Rutter 51 run (Castillo||kick)|
|THORN—Job Mason 23 run||(Castillo|
|THORN—Matt Schneider 32 interception|
|return (run failed) 4:41|
|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.|
|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.|
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|Lott 7; Lexington 40,||Franklin||21;||Jarrell|
|23, Bruceville-Eddy||21;||Rogers was||idle.|