Thorndale, Milano geared up for 2012

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New quarterback Riley Schaefer will run Brent Brevard’s offense. 
Reporter/Bill Martin New quarterback Riley Schaefer will run Brent Brevard’s offense. Reporter/Bill Martin Both Thorndale and Milano have reason to be enthusiastic about the upcoming season as they got two-a-day practices underway Monday morning.

In Milano, Craig Jentsch begins his fourth year at the helm of the Eagles this season and a hefty 45 players turned out Monday morning for practice.

“The first day went extremely well,” Jentsch said. “We’re really excited about number of kids that turned out.

“They picked up the offense from last year really well and came in in better shape than in the past but hard to tell with new restrictions. We were very pleased.”

Having to replace eight starters has become easier with the large Milano turnout, which has been a trend in recent years.

“We’re up at least 10. We’ve never had more than 37 or 38.”

The Eagles will practice from 7-10 a.m. each morning the first week of practice.

Jentsch is of f to the best three-year start (24-9) of any coach in Milano history and must replace his own son, John Jentsch, who was a two-position All-State performer for the 10-2 Eagles.

Milano does return All-State linebacker Dominique Messer and quarterback Toby Sanders and will do battle in District 13-A, Division II, which Texas Football calls the “toughest in the state”.

District favorite Burton (12- 3 in 2011) is ranked No. 4 in pre-season polls.

Milano will host Bremond for its first scrimmage on Aug. 17 and travel to Anderson-Shiro on Aug. 23 for the team’s other scrimmage.

The Eagles will open their season Aug. 31 when they host Waco-Texas Christian Academy.

A “Meet the Eagles” night has been set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Milano High School gym.

The meet and greet activity will include participants in all fall sports.

Thorndale is preparing for competition in a more familiar setting under second-year coach Brent Brevard and 48 players turned up for two-a-days Monday.

“The first two days went well,” Brevard said. “They are working hard and learning what they need to know.”

The Bulldogs have dropped down to Class A from Class 2A after the UIL’s realignment this past spring. Despite a 7-3 mark the past two seasons, they missed the playoffs.

Brevard will be breaking in a brand new quarterback in junior Riley Schaefer to run his pass oriented offense.

The Bul ldogs wi ll host a scrimmage with Centerville on Aug. 17 and then travel to old district foe Bartlett on Aug. 23.

Thorndale—the District 13A, Division I favorite—will open this year’s football season on the road at Chilton (No. 10 in Division II) on Aug. 31.

Bulldog fans are invited to meet the football players as well as volleyball, cross country and cheerleaders on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the gymnasium.

Athletic booster club memberships, Bulldog merchandise as well as T-shirts, flags, blankets and much more will be available.

There wi ll also be a cake auction.

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