Rogers Rampage

Thorndale can’t stop Eagles in 74-26 district loss


Price Miller (22) with wing man Keon Mays (20) looks for some running room on one of Rogers’ 12 kickoffs on the evening. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Price Miller (22) with wing man Keon Mays (20) looks for some running room on one of Rogers’ 12 kickoffs on the evening. Reporter/Teresa Ging THORNDALE— Sometime it’s just better to pick up the pieces and move on.

That’s what Thorndale is going to have to do after being dismantled by No. 6 Rogers 74-26 in a battle of District 12-2A, Division II unbeatens at Bulldog Stadium in front of an overflow crowd.

The Bulldogs suffer their first loss of the season and stand 5-1 overall and 1-1 in district play, while Rogers zips to 6-0 and 2-0.

Thorndale can now set its sights on Franklin and Lexington as an avenue to a state playoff spot.

There was never any doubt who was going to come out on top Friday night as Rogers leapt out to a 13-0 lead before fans had settled in their seats.

By halftime and thanks to three Bulldog fumbles (two on consecutive possessions), Rogers had constructed a 41-13 advantage after scoring on their first five possessions.


Nick O’Brien and Heath Vasquez wrap up Roger’s Ricky Campos in the Bulldogs’ loss to the Eagles. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Nick O’Brien and Heath Vasquez wrap up Roger’s Ricky Campos in the Bulldogs’ loss to the Eagles. Reporter/Teresa Ging “We lost so much steam and momentum at the very start,” said Brent Brevard, who suffered his first loss as Thorndale coach. “We were just too far behind and we couldn’t dig ourselves out.”

“I think every kid in our program knows that we have a lot of work to do and we have to get better every week,” said Rogers Coach Jeff Walker. “We got a W and we’re happy and it wasn’t in the last couple of seconds. We haven’t been able to do that in a while.”

Coming in, Rogers had escaped with two last-second wins. They didn’t have to wait this time out.

Rogers—who defeated Thorndale 56-36 a year ago—entered the game averaging 50 points and almost 500 yards on the ground per game.


Keon Mays goes one on one with Roger’s Ricky Campos who helped the Eagles run for 479 yards. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Keon Mays goes one on one with Roger’s Ricky Campos who helped the Eagles run for 479 yards. Reporter/Teresa Ging Coming in Thor nda le had allowed just 52 points in five games. Rogers nearly equalled that by halftime.

The Eagles did not disappoint, thundering down the field for 479 yards on 59 carries for 32 first downs. All 11 touchdowns were scored after handoffs.

However, Rogers added a surprising new wrinkle to their repertoire—the forward pass— completing seven passes for a shocking 179 yards.

The week before, the Eagles tried the air twice.

“We can throw the ball,” said Walker. “We know we can throw the ball. The opportunity was there tonight because they put everybody in the box.

“If you take away the run, we’ll throw the ball.”

Cody Weir led the onslaught with 194 yards on 23 carries, scoring four touchdowns. Carson Skala followed with 159 yards on just 13 tries and three scores.

Thorndale countered with their usual balanced attack, but were outgained by over 300 yards and Rogers ran 20 more plays and averaged nearly 10 yards a play.

Bulldog quarterback Tyler Miller was 10-for-23 for 197 yards and two scores and was picked off for the first time all season.

Miller now has 1,113 yards passing on the season and could be the first Thorndale quarterback in history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark.

Steven McKendrick managed 68 yards on six carr ies and hauled in two touchdown passes from Miller for 83 yards.

Rogers remains the lone unbeaten team in district play at 2-0, while four teams (Thorndale, Franklin, Lexington and Rosebud Lott) stand at 1-1.

Scouting Jarrell

Jarrell is coming off 69-14 loss to Franklin as they prepare to host Thorndale Friday.

A f ter posting two straight wins, the Cougars (2- 4, 0- 2) have fallen three times, getting outscored 171-57.

In their last two outings they have allowed 137 points.

Jarrel has won just one district contest in the past three years and are coached by former Texas Tech quarterback Chuck Wyatt.

Quarterback Aaron Burns was 16-of-27 for 207 yards and two touchdowns against Franklin.

The senior also rushed for 98 yards.

ROGERS 74, THORNDALE 26

Rogers Thorndale
32 First downs 16
59-479 Rushing 26-141
7-10- 0 Passing 10-23-1
179 Passing yards 197
658 Total yards 338
0- 0 Punts 1-35
2-1 Fumbles 4-3
11-76 Penalties 2-10
Score by quarters
Rogers 19 22 20 13—74
Thorndale 76013—26
Scoring summary
First quarter
ROGERS— Carson Skala 15 run (caleb
Frederick kick) 10:23
ROGERS— Cody Weir 12 run (Kick failed)
8:25
ROGERS—Skala 7 run (run failed) 2:44
THORN— Steven McKendrick 20 pass
from Tyler Miller (Eduardo Castillo kick)
:00
Second quarter
ROGERS—Cody Richmond 4 run (Campos
run) 5:23
THORN—McKendrick 63 pass from Miller
(kick failed) 5:10
ROGERS— Weir 44 run (Campos pass
from Richmond) 4:50
ROGERS—Weir 7 run (pass failed) :56
Third quarter
ROGERS— Skala 5 run (frederick kick)
10:38
ROGERS— Richmond 2 run ( Frederick
kick) 4:29
ROGERS— Campos 1 run (kick failed)
2:21
Fourth quarter
THORN— Seth Rut ter ( Castillo kick)
11:36
ROGERS—Weir 17 run (Frederick kick)
8:10
ROGERS—Brody Malovets 44 run (pass
failed) 3:37
THORN — Darius Brooks 1 run ( kick
failed) :43

Thorndale leaders

RUSHING—Rutter 4-35 TD, McKendrick
6- 68, Miller 8-(-7), Brooks 8-45 TD.
PASSING— Miller 10-23-1, 197 yards,
2 TD.
RECEIVING— Elms 3 - 48, McKendrick
2- 83 2TD, Mays 3-51, Youngblood 1- 8,
Rutter 1-7.

12-2A STANDINGS

District Season
WLWLPtsOpp
Rogers 2050326183
Thorndale1151183126
Franklin 1151325100
Lexington1142162105
Rosebud-Lott11 24108191
Jarrell 0224121109
Bruce-Eddy011496149
This week—Thorndale at Jarrell; Franklin
at Rosebud- Lott; Bruceville- Eddy at
Rogers; Lexington is idle.
Last week—Rogers 74, Thorndale 26;
Franklin 69, Jarrell 14,; Rosebud-Lott 14,
Lexington 13; Bruceville-Eddy was idle.

THORNDALE SEASON LEADERS

RUSHING—Rutter 61-422 5TD, Miller 61-153 5 TD, Brooks 28-115, Guzman 16-70, McKendrick 29-167 2TD, Salinas 1-(-29), Ware 3-3.

PASSING—Miller 60-106-1, 1,113 yards 11 TD, Schaefer 0-2- 0.

RECEIVING—Elms 20-339 3TD, Mays 12-147, McKendrick 8-213 3TD, Miller, P. 5-122 2TD, Youngblood 6-153 TD, Rutter 4-33, Stockton 3- 69 TD, Schaefer 1-25, Guzman 1-12.


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