Reverting back to a familiar way, Bulldogs run past rival Thrall
Led by Seth Rutter’s 100-yard rushing effort, the Bulldogs ran past rival Thrall 21-8 Friday night at a packed Bulldog Stadium in their annual battle for supremecy of Highway 79.
In their 81st meeting, Thorndale (2-0) captured its 50th victory in the series it now leads 50- 28-3 and has won four straight over Thrall (0-2).
“ We were pleased with the win, but still have corrections to make,” said first-year Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “Very pleased with the defensive effort and the running game.”
Quarterback Tyler Miller pushed the Bulldogs out 14-0 on a 15-yard scamper with 1:28 left in the first quarter.
Miller closed out the Bulldog scoring with an eight-yard dash just 52 seconds into the second quarter.
The Thorndale defense, which has allowed just 16 points in two games, just missed out on a shutout when Josh Miler busted through the line for a 61-yard score with just 1:13 remaining to be played.
The Bulldogs limited Thrall to 159 yards of offense, but were penalized nine times for 95 yards.
Miller, who went off for 290 yards passing in the season opener last week, completed seven passes for 67 yards and chipped in 58 yards rushing and the two scores to complement Rutter.
The Thorndale junior varsity constructed a 30-o lead in the first half that stood up in a 30-8 victory over Thrall.
Four different players scored for the Bulldogs as Rowdy McCoy scooted in for their first score from 11 yards out.
Ty Henderson also scored from 11 yards out, while Karl Woefel found Troy Schneider for an eight-yard scoring strike and Jordan Hafley plunged in from the one for the final tally.
Woefel totaled 146 in total offense to lead Thorndale.
Thorndale aims to remain unbeaten by hosting the Buffaloes Friday at 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium
Florence has posted large scores in defeating Bruceville-Eddy (35- 31) and Holland (42-24) to stand at 2-0 on the young season.
The Herd, 3-7 in 2010, is led by junior quarterback Kaleb Hardy (6-3, 190) who has run for 182 yards and five scores, while passing for 112 more and two touchdowns.
Florence is picked sixth in District 12-2A (Div I) and have not had a winning season since 2003.
Thorndale won 55-35 last year on its way to a 5-0 mark.
THORNDALE 21, THRALL 8
|THORN—||Seth Rutter 1||run||(||Emanuel|
|THORN—||Tyler Miller 15||run||(||Castillo|
|THORN—||Miller 8 run (||Castillo kick)|
|THRALL—||Josh Miller 61||run||(||Hobbs|
|58 2TD,||Brooks||5-||23,||McKendrick 1-(-1),|
THORNDALE SEASON LEADERS
RUSHING—Rutter 25-141 TD,
Miller 23-84 2 TD, Brooks 5-23,
Guzman 9-21, McKendrick 12-33,
Salinas 1-(-29), Ware 3-3.
PASSING—Miller 20-32- 0, 357 3
TD, Schaffer 0-2- 0.
RECEIVING—Elms 6-148 TD,
Mays 4-10, Stockton 2-56 TD, McKendrick 2-31, Miller, P. 2-50 TD,
Youngblood 1-34, Rutter 2-16.