Bulldogs kickoff district with win; Rogers looms

No. 8 Eagles coming to town for battle of unbeatens

Thorndale’s Sterling Kothman (bottom) and Price Miller and Sterling Kothman force one of five fumbles from Bruceville-Eddy’s quarterback Jake King in the Bulldogs’ road victory. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Thorndale’s Sterling Kothman (bottom) and Price Miller and Sterling Kothman force one of five fumbles from Bruceville-Eddy’s quarterback Jake King in the Bulldogs’ road victory. Reporter/Teresa Ging BRUCEVILLE—The Thorndale Bulldogs disposed of Bruceville- Eddy easily enough, 26-9, to get their District 12-2A ledger off to a flying start.

But even after the convincing win, it’s difficult not to spring forward and confront the task at hand when Rogers comes for a visit this Friday.

The Bulldogs improve to 5-0 on the year for the second year in a row and curiously after posting a win and being ranked No. 19 last week, they dropped completely out of the Associated Press Class 2A poll.

In 8th-ranked Rogers, Thorndale will face its sternest test yet.

“Our biggest strength right now would be we are relatively injury free and offensively we have been able to run and throw,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “I have been pleased with our defense up to this point, but Rogers will be a huge test for us.

“Forty-three points is the fewest they have scored in a game and they have played some really good teams.”

Against Bruceville-Eddy, the Bulldogs opened the contest with 13 straight points within a 1:30 span and boosted their lead to 19-2 by intermission.

Seth Rutter cracked over from the one to open the scoring with 5 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter, followed closely by Steven McKendrick’s 19-yard grab from quarterback Tyler Miller at the 4:18 mark.

After a snap sailed out of the end zone on a Thorndale punt for a safety, Rutter busted through from the 14-yard line to make it 19-2 at the break.

Jack Elms closed out the score at the start of the fourth quarter, taking in a 21-yard pass from Miller to make the final 26-9.

The Bulldogs did not dominate with 280 yards of offense, but showed a balanced attack with 144 yards rushing and 136 passing.

The Dawg defense was diligent, surrendering just 111 yards, 104 of that on the ground for less than two yards per play.

Rutter just missed out on the century mark with 92 yards on 12 totes and the two scores.

Miller was 10- of-20 for 136 yards and two scoring passes and has still yet to throw an interception in 2011.

Elms hauled in six passes for 94 yards and a score.

Bruceville-Eddy’s euphoria over snapping its 13-game winning streak was short-lived as they fall to 1-4.

Scouting Rogers

The Eagles put an end to the Bulldogs’ winning streak last season fairly handily, 56-36.

Thorndale knows that to reach that elusive third playoff position that eluded them in 2010, the Bulldogs are going to have to conquer Rogers, Franklin or Lexington.

In a classic matchup, Rogers clipped Franklin 46-42 last Friday at home for its second comefrom behind victory in a row.

“We made the plays we needed to,” said Rogers Coach Jeff Walker, in his fourth season. “We had to do it and that says a lot about our kids.”

The Eagles only lead came when they scored with 24 seconds left in the game.

Masters of the Liberty Hill Slot- T offense, the Eagles feature two running backs that have crossed the 1,000-yard mark already in senior fullback Cody Weir and halfback Rick Campos who are protected by three first-team alldistrict linemen.

Against Franklin, Rogers ran the ball 71 times for 430 yards and attempted just two passes.

Campos rolled up 186 yards and three scores as Weir added 156 on 31 carries.

That rampaging style has produced 50 points per outing. In contrast, the Bulldogs have limited four of their five opponents to single digit scoring.

Rogers is led on defense by linebacker Dylan Mendoza and his 73 stops.


Thorndale Bruceville-Eddy 14 First downs 12 28-144 Rushing 51-104 10-20 Passing 3-10-1 136 Passing yards 7 280 Total yards 111 4-39 Punts 6-31 2-1 Fumbles 5-1 6- 65 Penalties 4-25

Score by quarters Thorndale 13607—26 Bruceville-Eddy 0270—9

Scoring summary

First quarter THORN—Seth Rutter 1 run (kick failed) 5:45 THORN— Steven McKendrick 19 pass from Tyler Miller (Castillo kick) 4:18

Second quarter B- E— Safety, ball snapped out of end zone 11:22 THORN— Rutter 14 run ( Castillo kick) 11:41

Third quarter B-E—Jake King 1 run (Richie Sisk kick) 7:31 Fourth quarter THORN—Jack Elms 21 pass from Miller (Castillo kickZ) 10:14

Thorndale leaders

RUSHING— Rutter 12- 92 2TD, McKendrick 3-12, Miller 7- 32, Brooks 4-10, Guzman 1-1. PASSING— Miller 10-20- 0, 136 yards, 2 TD RECEIVING—Elms 6-94 TD, McKendrick 1-19, Stockton 1-13, Mays 1-2, Youngblood 1-8,


RUSHING—Rutter 57-387 4TD, Miller 53-160 5 TD, Brooks 20-70, Guzman 16-70, McKendrick 23-99 2TD, Salinas 1-(-29), Ware 3-3.

PASSING—Miller 50-83- 0, 916 yards 9 TD, Schaffer 0-2- 0.

RECEIVING—Elms 17-291 3TD, Mays 9-96, Stockton 3- 69 TD, McKendrick 6-130 TD, Miller, P. 5-122 2TD, Youngblood 5-145 TD, Rutter 3-26, Schaefer 1-25, Guzman 1-12.


District Season
Rogers 1050252157
Franklin 014125686
Jarrell 002210795
Rosebud-Lott01 1494178
This week—Rogers at Thorndale; Jarrell
at Franklin; Rosebud-Lott at Lexington;
Bruceville-Eddy is idle.
Last week—Thorndale 26, Bruceville-
Eddy 9; Rogers 46, Franklin 42, Lexington
68, Rosebud-Lott 28; Jarrell was idle.

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