Second half lull dooms Dawgs—season done
FR ANKLIN—When the new district realignments were announced in February, it was the consensus that in District 12- 2A II, a pretty good football team was probably going to be staying home come playoff time.
Unfortunately for Thorndale fans, that team is the Bulldogs.
After jumping out to an early lead—which included a Josh Ware interception and touchdown on the first play of the game—Thorndale suffered through a second half scoring lull and lost to Franklin 46-21 Friday night at Hedrick Field.
Since the Bulldogs have a bye next week, their season is over in October.
Thorndale ends up 7-3 overall and 3-3 in District 12-2A, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
In their first season in Class 2A since 2001, the Bulldogs drop two straight to end the year after a loss to Lexington last week.
“We ended up at 7-3 with a chance to make the playoffs in one of the toughest districts in the state of Texas,” said second-year Thorndale Coach Kade Burns, who is 15-6 as Bulldog head man. “I was pleased with our kids and how hard they played and the strides they keep making each year. We know what we need to do to get ourselves to the next level we just have to go do it.
“Our kids always played hard and I felt like they worked hard to get themselves into position for a playoff spot when very few thought it was ever possible.”
Thorndale came out in earnest and were sparked by their All- State defensive back Ware, who stepped in front of a Mitch Williams pass and raced 31 yards for a touchdown on the very first play of the game. The senior accounted for all three of Thorndale’s scores.
After a methodical 15-play dive that resulted in a two-yard Darius Floyd burst, Ware put the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat again with his second and third touchdowns in the first 14 minutes of the game.
With 31 seconds left in the first quarter, Ware took in a one-yard pass from quarterback Paxton Jordan on fourth-and-goal to make it 14-7.
After a Franklin fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Ware opened the second quarter by snaring a 10- yard pass from Jordan and the Bulldogs were up 21-7.
Thorndale would not threaten to score again.
Franklin used an interception, a unsportsmanlike penalty call and a fumble to quickly tie the game 21-all at intermission.
The Bulldogs managed just 187 yards of offense with 138 of that coming on the ground where they averaged under four yards a carry.
Seth Rutter, who finished the season as Thorndale’s leading rusher with 869 yards and 15 touchdowns, churned out 86 against the Lions.
Jordan went to the air 16 times for seven completions, but tallied just 49 yards and was picked off twice.
Jordan accumulated over 1,100 yards of total offense in 2010 and 21 touchdowns for the league’s top scoring team.
Ware had five of those catches for 28 yards and ends the season with 25 receptions for 431 yards and 12 all-purpose touchdowns.
Franklin ground out 321 yards on the ground, led by Floyd’s 180 yards and three touchdowns.
Dimitri Witherspoon added 94 yards and three scores.
The Bulldog JV defeated Franklin 30-20. Riley Schaefer started the scoring for the bulldogs with a one-yard run in the second quarter.
In the third quarter Eric Guzman scored from 10 yards out and to tie the game at 14.
In the 3rd, Schaefer found Guzman for a 40 yard scoring strike. Guzman ran in the conversion to give the Dogs a 22-20 lead. Schaefer added some insurance in the fourth quarter by scoring from 1 yard out.
|FRANKLIN 46, THORNDALE 21|
|11 First downs||21|
|49 Passing yards||0|
|187 Total yards||321|
|Score by quarters|
|Thorndale 14||7 0 0—21|
|Franklin 7 14||12 13—46|
|THORN—Josh Ware 30||interception|
|return (kick failed) 11:43|
|FRANK—Darius Floyd 2 run (Travis Payne|
|THORN—Ware 1 pass from Paxton Jordan|
|(Jordan run) :31|
|THORN—Ware 10 pass||from Jordan|
|(Emanuel Castillo kick0 10:47|
|F R ANK— Dimitri Witherspoon||5 run|
|(Payne kick) 4:10|
|F R ANK—Witherspoon 2||run ( Payne|
|FRANK—Floyd 65 run (Kick blocked)|
|FRANK—Floyd 1 run (run failed)||1:28|
|FRANK—Payne 10 interception return|
|(kick failed) 5:48|
|F R ANK—Witherspoon 3||run ( Payne|
|RUSHING—THORNDALE: Rutter 11-86,|
|Ware 3-31, McKendrick 7-24, Ware, Q.|
|1-0, Mason 4-(-1), Jordan 10-(-2).|
|PASSING—THORNDALE: Jordan 7-16-2,|
|49 yards, 2 TD|
|RECEIVING—THORNDALE: Ware 5-28,|
|Corcoron 1-13, Miller 1-8.|
This week—Lexington at Rogers; Franklin at Bruceville-Eddy; Thorndale is idle.
Last week—Franklin 46, Thorndale 21; Lexington 40, Bruceville-Eddy 0; Rogers 34, Rosebud-Lott 0; Jarrell was idle.
THORNDALE SEASON LEADERS RUSHING —Rut ter 125 - 869 15 TD, Mason 76-514 7 TD, McKendrick 76-490 5 TD, Jordan 80-401 8 TD, Ware 23- 214 3 TD, Miller 6-9 TD, Ware, Q. 7-48, Cantwell 10-40 TD, Miller, P. 3-11. PASSING—Jordan 55-109-2, 788 yards 13 TD, Ware 1-1-0, 47 yards, McKendrick 1-1-0, 23 yards. RECEIVING—Ware 25-431 8 TD, Corcoron 8-120 3 TD, Mason 7-55, McKendrick 4-76, Miller 4-63, Rutter 4-62 TD, Youngblood 1-13, Elms 2-6, Schneider 1-10, Miller, P. 1-4.