Reverting back to a familiar way, Bulldogs run past rival Thrall

Rutter returns to tried-and-true with 100 yards rushing


Thorndale defenders Price Miller (left), Gabriel Salinas (center) and Colton Youngblood (right) deny forward progress to Thrall’s Lane Hobbs in the annual battle for Highway 79 at Bulldog Stadium. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Thorndale defenders Price Miller (left), Gabriel Salinas (center) and Colton Youngblood (right) deny forward progress to Thrall’s Lane Hobbs in the annual battle for Highway 79 at Bulldog Stadium. Reporter/Teresa Ging THORNDALE—A week after debuting their new spread offense, the Thorndale Bulldogs returned to a more familiar way of winning against a familiar foe.

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.”


Keon Mays, using a block from Eric Guzman (13) picks up yardage as the Bulldogs rolled up 163 yards on the ground and jumped out to a 21-0 lead in defeating Thrall. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Keon Mays, using a block from Eric Guzman (13) picks up yardage as the Bulldogs rolled up 163 yards on the ground and jumped out to a 21-0 lead in defeating Thrall. Reporter/Teresa Ging Rutter scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard burst with 9 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter.

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.

Junior varsity

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.

Scouting Florence

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

Thrall Thorndale
8 First downs 14
31-95 Rushing 44-163
8-17-2 Passing 7-18- 0
64 Passing yards 67
159 Total yards 230
5-33 Punts 4-30
5-2 Fumbles 3-2
4-35 Penalties 9-95
Score by quarters
Thrall 0008—8
Thorndale 14700—21
Scoring summary
First quarter
THORN— Seth Rutter 1 run ( Emanuel
Castilo Kick) 9:42
THORN—Tyler Miller 15 run ( Castillo
kick) 1:28
Second quarter
THORN— Miller 8 run ( Castillo kick)
11:08
Fourth quarter
THRALL—Josh Miller 61 run ( Hobbs
kick) 1:13

Thorndale leaders

RUSHING—Rutter 17-100 TD, Miller 15-
58 2TD, Brooks 5-23, McKendrick 1-(-1),
Guzman 1-12, Salinas 1-(-29).
PASSING—Miller 7-16- 0, 67 yards.
RECEIVING—Elms 3- 46, Guzman 1-12,
Mays 1- 0, Miller, P. 1-2, Rutter 1-7.

12-2A STANDINGS

District Season
WLWLPtsOpp
Thorndale00206216
Rogers 002011768
Franklin 00201160
Lexington00112127
Bruce-Eddy00025277
Rosebud-Lott00 022186
Jarrell 00114954
This week— Florence at Thorndale;
Academy at Lexington; Bruceville-Eddy at
Daingerfield; Troy at Rogers; Bosqueville
at Rosebud-Lott; Johnson City at Jarrell;
Whitney at Franklin.
Last week—Thorndale 21, Hamilton
8; Rogers 56, Academy 33; Lexington
32, Blanco 7; Axtell 42, Bruceville-Eddy
21; Clifton 34, Rosebud-Lott 21; Jarrell
34, Bar tlett 8; Franklin 82, Tomball
Memorial 0.

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.









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