Second half surge pushes Dawgs past Rosebud
Behind a third quarter scoring outburst, the Bulldogs staved off a feisty Rosebud-Lott team 49- 26 Friday night to remain in the middle of the playoff picture.
The 7-1, 3-1 Bulldogs travel to Lexington (5-2, 2-1) this Friday where the Eagles are coming off a huge win over Franklin to keep them in the playoff chase.
Right now, No. 4 Rogers sits atop the district standings at 3-0, followed by Thorndale and Lexington.
This is a critical two week stretch for Thorndale as consecutive losses to Lexington and Franklin in the final two weeks kept the 7-3 Bulldogs out of the playoffs in 2010.
“Our guys have played well the past two weeks,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “Rosebud Lott has a good team. I was pleased how our guys did not panic when we were down 20-6 before half. Our defense did a good job of making adjustments to the veer.”
Perfectly engineering the veer, Johnson slipped through the Bulldog defense for 240 yards and four scores on 20 carries.
His three runs of 13, 82 and 21 provided the Cougars with their 20-13 advantage at halftime and before Thorndale retaliated.
The Bulldogs emerged from the locker room in earnest and scored 30 unanswered points before Rosebud-Lott would see the end zone again.
The Bulldogs, who downed Rosebud-Lott 74-7 last season, opened the third quarter as quarterback Tyler Miller bolted over from the one to tie the game at 20.
Darius Brooks pushed in from the one to make it 29-20 with 1:41 left in the third quarter and 26 seconds later, Seth Rutter skirted in from 16 yards away for a 36-20 bulge.
After Johnson tallied his fourth and final score of the evening from the one, Thorndale answered as Brooks danced in again from the two and Rutter found the end zone again from the 10 to make it 49-26 with 3:04 remaining to be played.
The Bulldogs used a balanced attack to play catchup, featuring four runners with at least 48 yards, led by Rutter with 78 yards plus his two touchdowns.
Brooks ended up with 62 and two scores.
Quarterback Tyler Miller connected on 12- of-22 passes for 79 yards to give him 1,192 and 12 touchdowns for the season against one interception.
Miller pulled off a rare feat, by throwing for a touchdown, running for a touchdown and catching a touchdown.
Jack Elms, who took in an 11-yard pass from Miller for the Bulldogs’ first score, finished with seven grabs for 61 yards.
With his gaudy rushing numbers, Johnson accounted for 280 of the Cougars’ 342 total yards.
The Eagles (5-2, 2-1) stumbled early, but have regained their footing, witness limiting high scoring Franklin to 19 points in their victory Friday in Lexington.
Lexington handled the Bulldogs 36-9 a year ago.
“Lexington has a very talented team,” says Brevard.
The Eagles are coming off a season in which it lost in the state championship game to finish 14-1.
They began the season ranked No.5 in the state, but after a shocking opening game loss to Class 3A Smithville (now 6- 0) and to lowly Rosebud-Lott (2-5) two weeks ago in district play, Lexington has been struggling to stay afloat.
Excellent quarterback Kogan Garrett (2,606 yards in 2010) has already thrown for 1,618 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Garrett has also run for 454 yards and nine scores, while A. J. Flot leads the Eagles with 590 yards rushing.
Garrett’s favorite target from a year ago, Josh Murray—a preseason all-state selection—has 35 grabs for 511 yards and seven touchdowns.
THORNDALE SEASON LEADERS
RUSHING—Rutter 82-562 8 TD, McKendrick 36-307 4 TD, Miller 83-207 8 TD, Brooks 57-290 3 TD, Guzman 25-91, Elms 3- 60, Schaefer 3-4, Salinas 1-(-29), Ware 3-3.
PASSING—Miller 72-128-1, 1,192 yards 12 TD, Schaefer 1-3- 0 TD, McKendrick 1-1- 0 27 yards.
RECEIVING—Elms 27-400 4TD, Mays 14-170, McKendrick 11- 230 3TD, Miller, P. 5-122 2TD, Youngblood 6-153 TD, Rutter 4-33, Stockton 4-74 TD, Schaefer 1-25, Miller,T. 1-18 TD, Guzman 1-12.
THORNDALE 49, ROSEBUD-LOTT 26
18 First downs 23
42-302 Rushing 44-230
4-14- 0 Passing 14-24- 0
40 Passing yards 124
342 Total yards 354
5-28 Punts 3-44
5-2 Fumbles 1-1
7-59 Penalties 6-50
Score by quarters
Rosebud-Lott 6 14 0 6—26
Thorndale 0 13 22 14— 49
RL— Artis Johnson 13 run (kick failed)
THORN—Jack Elms 11 pass from Tyler
Miller (kick failed) 9:22
RL—Johnson 82 run (kick failed) 9:03
RL—Johnson 21 run ( Andrew Moore
THORN—Miller 18 pass from Riley Schaefer (Emanuel Castillo kick) 1:12
THORN— Miller 1 run ( castillo kick)
THORN— Quinton Ware tackles Danny
Mitchell in end zone 8:24
THORN — Darius Brooks 1 run ( kick
THORN— Seth Rutter 16 run ( Castilo
RL—Johnson 1 run (run failed) 7:38
THORN— Darius Brooks 2 run (Castillo
THORN— Rutter 10 run ( Castillo kick)
RUSHING—Rutter 15-78 2TD, Miller 14-
31 TD, Brooks 9- 62 2TD, Guzman 3- 8,
Elms 2-48, McKendrick 1-3.
PASSING—Miller 12-22- 0, 79 yards, TD;
Schaefer 1-1-0, 18 yards, TD. McKendrick
1-1- 0, 27 yards.
RECEIVING—Elms 7- 61 TD, McKendrick
3-17, Miller 1-18 TD, Mays 2-23, Stockton 1-5.
|Lott 26;||Lexington||26,||Franklin 19;|