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.
“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.
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.
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
|32 First downs||16|
|7-10- 0 Passing||10-23-1|
|179 Passing yards||197|
|658 Total yards||338|
|0- 0 Punts||1-35|
|Score by quarters|
|Rogers 19 22||20||13—74|
|ROGERS— Carson Skala 15||run (||caleb|
|Frederick kick) 10:23|
|ROGERS— Cody Weir 12 run (||Kick||failed)|
|ROGERS—Skala 7 run (run||failed)||2:44|
|THORN— Steven||McKendrick 20||pass|
|from Tyler Miller (Eduardo||Castillo||kick)|
|ROGERS—Cody Richmond 4||run (||Campos|
|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|
|ROGERS— Skala 5 run (||frederick||kick)|
|ROGERS— Richmond 2 run||(||Frederick|
|ROGERS— Campos 1 run (||kick||failed)|
|THORN— Seth Rut ter (||Castillo||kick)|
|ROGERS—Weir 17 run (||Frederick||kick)|
|ROGERS—Brody Malovets||44 run||(pass|
|THORN — Darius Brooks 1||run||( kick|
|6- 68, Miller||8-(-||7),||Brooks||8-45 TD.|
|2- 83 2TD,||Mays||3-||51,||Youngblood||1-||8,|
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.