Bulldogs suffer same fate, will miss playoffs again

A 7-3 record still not good enough for post season

Senior Seth Rutter saved his best for last as the senior rushed for 120 yards in his final game. 
Reporter photos/Teres Ging Senior Seth Rutter saved his best for last as the senior rushed for 120 yards in his final game. Reporter photos/Teres Ging T HOR N DA L E—Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

The Thorndale Bulldogs would like to have that phrase stricken from the English language.

For the second straight season, the Bulldogs will stay at home despite a 7-3 record after being roughed up by Franklin 63-32 Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

More important than their winning ledger, the Bulldogs finish 3-3 in District 12-2A, unable to crack the top three by losing to the three teams ahead of them.

No. 4 Rogers stands 9-0 and 5-0 and travels to second place Lexington (7-2, 4-1) Friday.

Franklin (7-2, 3-2) will battle it out with Bruceville-Eddy (3-6, 2-3).

Even if Franklin falls, it will still enter the playoffs because it has victories over both Bruceville Eddy and Thorndale despite all three sporting 3-3 league records.

Before being knocked out in the third quarter, senior quarterback Tyler Miller ran for a score and threw for a score. He finished the year with 1,368 yards passing and accounted for 22 touchdowns. Before being knocked out in the third quarter, senior quarterback Tyler Miller ran for a score and threw for a score. He finished the year with 1,368 yards passing and accounted for 22 touchdowns. The rest of the district finishes up this Friday which is Thorndale’s bye week.

“I was proud of the way the kids played this season,” said first-year coach Brent Brevard. “It is of course disappointing not to make the playoffs, but our kids played hard and represent our community with pride. We had good senior leadership this season.”

The Lions took advantage of five Thorndale turnovers and coupled with 536 yards of offense—all on the ground—and Franklin had all the right ingredients for a big win.

“We had five turnovers and still managed 32 points,” said Brevard. “ The problem is you can’t give a team like Franklin five turnovers. They make you pay for each one.”

The Franklin backfield duo of Chris Morrow and Darius Floyd both cracked the 200-yard barrier, with Morrow rolling up 289 yards on 22 carries and Floyd chipping in 179 on just 14 carries.

Of the eight times the Lions found the end zone, Morrow and Floyd accounted for six (three apiece).

Franklin, which came into the game putting up over 50 points a game, averaged almost 13 yards every time it touched the ball.

“ We ran well and we really blocked well,” said Franklin Coach Mike Hedrick. “Our offensive line is very experienced. They don’t have a lot of size, but it says a lot for those kids the way they open holes for the backs.”

Thorndale was forced to play without starting quarterback Price Miller who was knocked out of the game in the third quarter, leaving the team in sophomore Riley Schaefer’s inexperienced hands.

The 5- foot- 10, 150 - pou nd Schaefer responded superbly, completing 8- of-11 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown after having attempted just six coming into the game.

He also found enough room to pick up 24 yards on 10 carries.

“Riley hasn’t gotten a lot of snaps this season,” Brevard said. “He came in and really played well given the situation.”

Before he was forced to leave the game, Miller was 5-for-14 with 69 yards which adds to his probable school record of 1,368 passing yards this year.

Senior Seth Rutter saved his best for last, grinding out a season high 120 yards in his final football game as a Bulldog.

Every time the Bulldogs inched closer, Franklin would bound further ahead.

Trailing 20-0, Thorndale had pulled to within 28-14 by halftime on Miller’s short run and his 6-yard connection with Jack Elms.

After Steven McKendrick’s 5- yard run and Schaefer’s 7-yard effort at the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs trailed just 35-26 heading into final period.

In the wild-and-woolly fourth quar ter, Frank lin posted 28 points, sandwiched around a 49 Schaefer to Elms hookup to put the game out of reach.

The final score was the third time this season the Lions had scored at least 63 points (69 and 70).


Frankiin Thorndale
20 First downs 27
43-536 Rushing 57-260
0-2-1 Passing 13-25-2
0 Passing yards 168
536 Total yards 428
1-49 Punts 2-36
2-1 Fumbles 5-3
9- 68 Penalties 5-32
Score by quarters
Franklin 12 16 7 28— 63
Thorndale 0 14 12 6—32
Scoring summary
First quarter
FRANK—Darius Floyd 11 run (kick failed)
FRANK— Chris Morrow 14 run (run failed)
Second quarter
FRANK—Morrow 1 run (Floyd run) 9:52
THORN—Tyler Miller 2 run ( Emanuel
Castillo kick) 2:36
FRANK—Floyd 45 run (Floyd run) 2:14
THORN—Jack Elms 6 pass from Miller
(Castillo kick) :05
Third quarter
FRANK—Austin Dees 6 run (Travis Payne
kick) 7:43
THORN—Steven McKendrick 7 run (pass
failed) 3:59
THORN— Riley Schaefer 7 run ( pass
failed) :42
Fourth quarter
FRANK— Mitch Williams 1 run ( Payne
kick) 11:16
FRANK— Morrow 47 run ( kick failed)
THORN— Elms 49 pass from Schaefer
(pass failed) 5:22
F R ANK— Floyd 22 run ( Austin Dees
run) 4:52
FRANK—Zach Short 35 fumble return
(Payne kick) 2:03

Team leaders

RUSHING—Rutter 19-120, Miller 16- 45 TD, Brooks 7- 51, McKendrick 3-17 TD, Schaefer 10-24, Guzman 2- 4. FRANK: Morrow 22-289 3TD, Floyd 14-179 3TD. PASSING— Miller 5-14-2, 69 yards, TD Schaefer 8-11- 0, 99 yards TD. RECEIVING—Elms 3- 64 2TD, Stockton 2-10, Guzman 1-36, McKendrick 1-14, Mays 3-17, Schaefer 1-8


District Season
Rogers 5090462233
Franklin 3272463172
Rosebud-Lott14 27173332
Jarrell 0527175262
This week—Bruce-ville-Eddy at Franklin;
Rogers at Lexington; Jarrell at Rosebud-
Lott; Thorndale is idle.
Last week—Franklin 63, Thorndale 32;
Rogers 55, Rosebud-Lott 14; Lexington
46, Bruceville-Eddy 13,; Jarrell was idle.


RUSHING—Rutter 111-786 10 TD, Brooks 75-390 4 TD, McKendrick 41-327 5 TD, Miller 118-308 9 TD, Guzman 27-95, Elms 6- 69, Schaefer 5-4, Salinas 1-(-29), Ware 3-3.

PASSING—Miller 84-165-5, 1,368 yards 13 TD, Schaefer 10- 17- 0 106 yards 2TD, McKendrick 1-1- 0 27 yards, Rutter 0-1-1.

RECEIVING—Elms 32-476 6TD, Mays 19-223, McKendrick 15- 304 3TD, Miller, P. 5-122 2TD, Youngblood 7-159 TD, Rutter 4-33, Stockton 6-84 TD, Schaefer 2-33, Miller,T. 1-18 TD, Guzman 2-48.

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