Bulldogs return to Class A ranks will be hosted by No. 10 Pirates

New Thorndale QB Schaefer faces tough first test

Junior Riley Schaefer started all 10 games on defense in 2011. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Junior Riley Schaefer started all 10 games on defense in 2011. Reporter/Teresa Ging THOR NDALE—Despite the fact that they are dropping back down into Class A, Thorndale will be welcomed back by a stern test as they battle No. 10 Chilton on the road in the season opener.

Chilton, one of the most consistent programs in Class A, will get a good look at new Thorndale quarterback Riley Schaefer, who is charge of running the Bulldogs’ up tempo offense.

Second-year Thorndale coach Brent Brevard has the utmost confidence in his new signal caller.

“He is a leader. He is also extremely competitive. He expects great things out of himself a nd h is t eammates. H e’s a great competitor.”

The two teams have not played since 2009, with Chilton coming out on top 24-6 in Chilton.

In the past five times they have faced each other, the Pirates hold a 4-1 advantage, with Thorndale’s lone win coming in 2007, 14-13.

In 2006, Chilton defeated Thorndale twice, once in the regular season and then again in the playoffs.

The Pirates are coming off an 8-5 playoff run and are expected to win the four-team District 12-A, Division II (Lovelady, Bremond and Normangee).

Robert Little (50-25) begins his seventh year at the helm and returns nine lettermen, including sophomore quarterback Norvell Austin, who Little says is not your average sophomore.

Kyondris Landrum ( 5-10, 160)— the latest in a long line of Landrums who have played for Chilton—is an exceptional athlete who ran for 726 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and could possibily see some action under center.

Chilton outscored its opponents 516 to 241 last season and averaged just under 40 points a game. They scored more than 50 points, five times in 2011.

The Pirates will be aiming for their 23rd overall playoff appearance and 11th in a row and a possible shot at a third school state title.

thorndale at chilton

What—Thorndale Bulldogs at No. 10
Chilton Pirates
When—Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where—Featherston Field (995
capacity, grass)
Last year—Did not play.
2011 Records—Thorndale 7-3,
Chilton 8-5.

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