After big loss to Eagles, Dawgs must win last one

Thorndale hopes last game of the season isn’t ‘last game’

Quarterback Paxton Jordan had a hard time getting loose Friday night in the Bulldogs key district loss to No. 5 Lexington. The Bulldogs were limited to 49 yards of rushing offense and 22 yards of total offense in the first half. Reporter/ Teres Ging Quarterback Paxton Jordan had a hard time getting loose Friday night in the Bulldogs key district loss to No. 5 Lexington. The Bulldogs were limited to 49 yards of rushing offense and 22 yards of total offense in the first half. Reporter/ Teres Ging THORNDALE—The Thorndale Bulldogs last scheduled game is Friday evening.

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.

LEXINGTON 36, THORNDALE 9 LEXINGTON 36, THORNDALE 9 “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.

Thorndale’s  Price Miller drags down Lexington quarterback  Kogan Garrett. Reporter/ Teresa Ging Thorndale’s Price Miller drags down Lexington quarterback Kogan Garrett. Reporter/ Teresa Ging The Bulldogs’ leading rusher on the season Seth Rutter, who had scored eight touchdowns in the past two weeks, carried the ball once for one yard.

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.

Scouting Franklin

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.

Lexington Thorndale
19 First downs 8
45-229 Rushing 28-49
8-16-0 Passing 5-12-1
93 Passing yards 62
322 Total yards 111
3-31 Punts 4-40
2-1 Fumbles 4-2
9-76 Penalties 7-55
Score by quarters
Lexington 8 21 0 7—36
Thorndale 0 0 9 0— 9
Scoring summary
First quarter
LEX—Chance Sherrill 19 run (Antho
ny Robbins pass from Kogan Garrett)
8:07
Second quarter
LEX—Xavier Ward 3 run (Antonio Martinez
kick) 8:58
LE X— Garret t 1 run ( Mar tinez kick)
3:46
LEX—Sherrill 7 pass from Garrett (Martinez
kick) :08
Third quarter
THORN—Josh Vasquez blocked punt out
of end zone 7:24
THORN–Marvin Cantwell 2 run (Emanuel
Martinez kick) 2:33
Fourth quarter
LEX—Ward 2 run (Martinez kick)
Thorndale leaders
RUSHING—THORNDALE: Mason 4-18,
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
2 TD.
RECEIVING—THORNDALE: Ware 2-38,
Mason 2-17, Corcoron 1- (-3). THORNDALE:
Murray 3-17, Ward 2-38.

12-2A II STANDINGS
District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
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.
PASSING—Jordan 48-93-7, 739 yards
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.


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