Second half surge pushes Dawgs past Rosebud

Thorndale remains in the middle of the playoff picture

Price Miller moves the ball up field on a kickoff return in the Bulldogs’ come-from-behind victory. 
Reporter photos/Teresa Ging Price Miller moves the ball up field on a kickoff return in the Bulldogs’ come-from-behind victory. Reporter photos/Teresa Ging THORNDALE—Trailing 20- 13 at halftime, the Thorndale Bulldogs decided enough was enough and continued their playoff fight.

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.”

Starting quarterback Tyler Miller showed his versatility with a pass reception for a touchdown from backup Riley Schaefer. He also threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown as well. Starting quarterback Tyler Miller showed his versatility with a pass reception for a touchdown from backup Riley Schaefer. He also threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown as well. One adjustment was to keep Rosebud-Lott quarterback Artis Johnson out of the end zone.

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.

Thirteen seconds later, Quinton Ware tackled the Cougars’ Danny Mitchell in the end zone to hand Thorndale the lead for good 22-20.

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.

Scouting Lexington

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.


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.


Rosebud-Lott Thorndale
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
Scoring summary
First quarter
RL— Artis Johnson 13 run (kick failed)
Second quarter
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
run) 5:14
THORN—Miller 18 pass from Riley Schaefer (Emanuel Castillo kick) 1:12
Third quarter
THORN— Miller 1 run ( castillo kick)
THORN— Quinton Ware tackles Danny
Mitchell in end zone 8:24
THORN — Darius Brooks 1 run ( kick
failed) 1:41
THORN— Seth Rutter 16 run ( Castilo
kick) 1:15
Fourth quarter
RL—Johnson 1 run (run failed) 7:38
THORN— Darius Brooks 2 run (Castillo
kick) 5:06
THORN— Rutter 10 run ( Castillo kick)

Thorndale leaders

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.


District Season
Rogers 3070369205
Franklin 2262400140
Rosebud-Lott12 25134240
Jarrell 0426161194
This week—Thorndale at Lexington;
Bruceville-Eddy at Rosebud-Lott; Rogers
at Jarrell; Franklin is idle.
Last week—Thorndale 49, Rosebud-
Lott 26; Lexington 26, Franklin 19;
Bruceville- Eddy 31, Jarrell 28; Rogers
was idle.

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