Dawgs rebound from beatdown by jacking up Jarrell on road

Thorndale turns to running game to get back on track

Steven McKendrick broke loose for 137 yards and three touchdowns in Thorndale’s convincing district victory over Jarrell. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Steven McKendrick broke loose for 137 yards and three touchdowns in Thorndale’s convincing district victory over Jarrell. Reporter/Teresa Ging JARRELL—As much as they try to make him a wide receiver, Steven McKendrick keeps drifting back behind the line of scrimmage.

Producing only Thorndale’s second 100-yard effort of the season, McKendrick rambled for 137 yards and three touchdowns after touching the ball just six times to lead Thorndale out of the doldrums of being ransacked by Rogers last week with a resounding rebound, 54-12 over Jarrell.

The Bulldogs improve to 6-1 on the season and remain in the playoff hunt with a 2-1 District 12-2A mark.

Jarrell sags to 2-5 and 0-3.

Thorndale hosts Rosebud-Lott (2-4, 1-1) Friday at Bulldog Stadium. Rosebud-Lott was dominated last week by Franklin 56-14.

It would have been easy for the Dawgs to lick their wounds after the loss to No. 4 Rogers, but they came out with a vengeance against Jarrell and had constructed a 41-0 lead by halftime.

The bulge was due in part to McKendrick—who had 167 yards in the previous six games combined— as the senior speedster crossed the goal line three times in the first half.

After Seth Rutter’s 16-yard run opened the scoring, McKendrick broke loose on a 72-yard scamper for a 14-0 lead.

Less than a minute later, McKendrick was at it again, this time measuring off a 35-yard score for a 21-0 advantage.

Quarterback Tyler Miller sliced in for two short-yardage scores from five and two yards, before McKendrick struck again, this time from 22 yards away on a connection with Miller to provide the Bulldogs with their 41-0 cushion at intermission.

Quinton Ware took advantage of one of Jarrell’s five fumbles by hopping on a loose ball in the end zone to make it 47-0.

The Bulldogs also picked off Jarrell quarterback Aaron Burns three times, who went to the air 31 times for 182 yards.

Darius Brooks accounted for Thorndale’s final tally in the fourth quarter, a seven-yard score to make it 54-12.

Behind McKendrick—who had 68 yards against Rogers last week—the Bulldogs rolled up 364 yards on the ground. Brooks complemented McKendrick with 113 yards on 20 carries.

Rutter, Thorndale’s leading rusher on the season, chipped in 62 yards and a score.

Miller went to the air just six times, completing five for 46 yards which gives him 1,159 for the season, which could possibly be a school record.

He has still been intercepted just one time all year.

Scouting Rosebud-Lott

The Cougars are coming off a 56-14 beating at the hands of 20th ranked Franklin at home.

Rosebud-Lott was riding high after upsetting state finalist Lexington

14-13 the week before, but reverted back to the porous defense it had displayed throughout the season against the scoreboard punishing Lions.

The Cougars feature the worst defense in District 12-2A, allowing

36 points and almost 500 yards a game.

The Cougars have registered only one winning season (2008) in the past seven years since winning state in 2002, but did make a playoff trip in 2009 before going 4-6 last season.

Junior varsity

The Thorndale junior varsity also dumped Jarrell 22-8, led by Ty Henderson’s two touchdowns.

Rowdy McCoy paced the Bulldogs with 100 yards on 16 carries, while Henderson chipped in 75.

Quarterback Karl Woefel connected on 7-of-16 passes for 69 yards for a score on a 23-yard connection to Jordan Hafley.

Troy Schneider hauled in four passes for 32 yards.


Thorndale Jarrell
24 First downs 14
50-364 Rushing 28-82
9-16- 0 Passing 14-31-3
93 Passing yards 182
457 Total yards 264
2-22 Punts 1-20
3- 0 Fumbles 5-3
9- 65 Penalties 4-25
Score by quarters
Thorndale 20 21 6 7—54
Jarrell 00120—12
Scoring summary
First quarter
THORN— Seth Rutter 16 run (Eduardo
Castillo kick) 8:38
THORN—Steven McKendrick 72 run (kick
failed) 4:28
THORN— McKendrick 35 run ( Castillo
kick) 3:37
Second quarter
THORN—Tyler Miller 5 run ( Castillo
kick) 8:11
THORN— Tyler Miller 2 run ( Castillo
kick) 3:56
THORN—McKendrick 22 pass from Miller
(Castillo kick) 1:05
Third quarter
THORN— Quinten Ware fumble recovery
in end zone (pass failed) 6:10
JARRELL—Kris Bernd 35 pass from Aaron
Burns (Kick failed0 4:34
JARRELL— Nathan Sumner 7 pass from
Aaron Burns (run failed) :13
Fourth quarter
THORN— Darius Brooks (Castillo kick)

Thorndale leaders

RUSHING— McKendrick 6 -137 2 TD, Rutter 6- 62 TD, Miller 8-23 2TD, Brooks 20-113 TD, Guzman 6-13, Elms 1-12, Schaefer 3-4. PASSING— Miller 5- 6- 0, 46 yards, TD; Schaefer 4-10- 0, 47 yards. RECEIVING—Youngblood 3-32, Elms 2- 10, McKendrick 1-22 TD, Miller, P. 1-15, Mays 2-14.


District Season
Rogers 3070369205
Franklin 2161381112
Rosebud-Lott11 24108191
Jarrell 0325133163
This week— Rosebud- Lott at Thorndale;
Jarrell at Bruceville-Eddy; Lexington
at Franklin; Rogers is idle.
Last week—Thorndale 54, jarrell 12;
Franklin 56, Rosebud-Lott 12; Rogers 43,
Brucevill-Eddy 22; Lexington was idle.


RUSHING—Rutter 67-484 6 TD, McKendrick 35-304 4 TD, Miller 69-176 7 TD, Brooks 48-228 TD, Guzman 22-83, Elms 1-12, Schaefer 3-4, 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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