After big loss to Eagles, Dawgs must win last one
The Bulldogs are hoping that won’t be the last time they play this season.
After being toppled by No. 5 Lexington 36-9 Friday night at a jam packed Bulldog Stadium, Thorndale must defeat Franklin on the road this Friday to earn a playoff position in its final game of the season.
The Bulldogs have an open date in the final week of the District 12-2A II regular season, Nov. 5.
A Bulldog win propels them into the playoff bracket, but a loss favors Franklin as the Lions would have a game up in the loss column.
Even if Franklin lost in its final game of the year at last place Bruceville-Eddy, it would still have the tie-breaker advantage against the Bulldogs.
“That is exactly the scenario,” said Thorndale Coach Kade Burns. “We know what we have to do and now we just need to go out and do it. Lexington was a good team and we did not play very well in the first half....had some mistakes that you can’t make versus a good team and expect to win.
“We played good football in the second half. I was proud of how hard our kids played and how physical we were.
“We need to come out and play well for four quarters versus Franklin, another good football team, to earn that playoff spot.”
Thorndale did not put four quarters together against the ranked War Eagles and the most explosive offense in the district was silenced by the best defense and managed just 111 yards and only 49 on the ground, where the Bulldogs do the most damage.
Job Mason was Thorndale’s top ball carrier with 18 yards on four carries.
The Bulldogs finally scored with 2 minutes, 33 seconds left in the third quarter on Marvin Cantwell’s two-yard burst.
Coming in, Lexington had allowed just 63 points all year.
Behind quarterback Kogan Garrett and three second quarter touchdowns, the Eagles constructed a 29-0 lead by intermission en route to only their third win in Bulldog Stadium since 1980.
Lexington held Thorndale to 22 total yards in the first half.
Xavier Ward rolled up 125 yards on 25 carries and scored twice for Lexington who secured a playoff spot with the win.
The Bulldogs stand at 7-2 on the season, while Lexington improved to 8-0.
This was the 45th meeting between the two schools, with Thorndale leading the series 23-21-1.
Franklin (6-2, 2-2) is coming off an open week, like Thorndale, the Lions’ last loss was to Lexington on Oct 15.
The Lions’ two losses came at the hands of the district leaders, Lexington and Rogers by the combined score of 81-35.
Junior varsity The Thorndale junior varsity defeated Lexington 28-14.
Touchdowns were scored by Eric Guzman, Keon Mays, and Pete Garcia as the Dogs improve to 7-1 on the year.
|19 First downs||8|
|93 Passing yards||62|
|322 Total yards||111|
|Score by quarters|
|Lexington 8 21 0||7—36|
|Thorndale 0 0 9||0— 9|
|LEX—Chance Sherrill 19 run||(Antho|
|ny Robbins pass from Kogan Garrett)|
|LEX—Xavier Ward 3 run (Antonio Martinez|
|LE X— Garret t 1 run ( Mar tinez||kick)|
|LEX—Sherrill 7 pass from Garrett (Martinez|
|THORN—Josh Vasquez blocked punt out|
|of end zone 7:24|
|THORN–Marvin Cantwell 2 run (Emanuel|
|Martinez kick) 2:33|
|LEX—Ward 2 run (Martinez kick)|
|Jordan 10-12, Cantwell 4-8 TD, Ware 2-5,|
|McKendrick 6-5, Rutter 1-1, Ware, Q. 1-0.|
|LEXINGTON—Ward 25-125 2 TD.|
|PASSING—THORNDALE: Jordan 4-11-1,|
|39 yards, McKendrick 1-1-0, 23 yards.|
|LEXINGTON: Garrett 8-14-0, 93||yards|
|Mason 2-17, Corcoron 1- (-3). THORNDALE:|
|Murray 3-17, Ward 2-38.|
|12-2A II STANDINGS|
|Lexington 4 0||8 0||339||72|
|Rogers 4 0||8 0||333||152|
|Thorndale 3 2||7 2||370||173|
|Franklin 2 2||6 2||318||165|
|Jarrell 1 4||3 6||152||324|
|Rose-Lott 1 3||3 5||152||276|
|Bruce-Eddy 0 4||0 8||108||240|
|This week—Thorndale at||Franklin;|
|Bruceville-Eddy at||Lexington;||Rogers at|
|Rosebud-Lott; Jarrell is idle|
|Last week—Lexington 36,||Thorndale|
|9; Rogers 63, Jarrell 7; Rosebud-Lott 24,|
|Bruceville-Eddy 9; Franklin was idle.|
|THORNDALE SEASON LEADERS|
|RUSHING—Rutter 114-783 15||TD,||Mason|
|72-515 7 TD, McKendrick 69-464||5 TD,|
|Jordan 70-403 8 TD, Ware 20-183||3 TD,|
|Miller 6-9 TD, Ware, Q. 6-48, Cantwell|
|10-40 TD, Miller, P.||3-11.|
|11 TD, Ware 1-1-0,||47 yards,||McKendrick|
|1-1-0, 23 yards.|
|RECEIVING—Ware||20-403 6||TD, Mason|
|7-55, Corcoron 7-107 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.|