Dogs dominate by churning out big chunks of yardage
The Bulldogs averaged 10 yards a play in smothering Somerville 54-16 Friday night at Bulldog Stadium in the 2012 home opener.
Thorndale jumped out of the gate for a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play and then sprinted to a 41-3 advantage by intermission.
The Bulldogs ran 50 plays on the evening that accounted for 501 yards.
The bulk of the yardage came on the ground, as eight different Bulldog ball carriers ground out 346 yards and crossed the goal line five times.
Sophomore Darius Brooks is proving to be the workhorse of the bunch, notching 151 yards and two scores on just eight carries.
Brooks also scored on a 73-yard fumble return in the second quarter, his second such play in consecutive weeks.
Last week against Chilton, he scooped up a ball and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown, also in the scond quarter.
New starting quarterback Riley Schaefer was the picture of stability, completing 6-of-11 passes for 131 yards including three first half touchdown tosses to three different receivers.
His favorite target was Keon Mays, who hauled in four passes for 86 yards and a score.
Brooks 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was sandwiched in between two Schaefer touchdown aerials to Gabriel Salinas and Mays from 10 and 29 yards away.
A 31-yard field goal from Somerville’s Daniel Reyes briefly halted the Bulldogs scoring onslaught, but not for long as they immediately got back to work with Miller’s 35-yard haul from Schaefer, Brooks’ 73-yard fumble return and Miller’s 15-yard trip made it 41-3 at halftime.
With the game in hand, Thorndale scored just twice in the second half, with Eric Guzman’s 14-yard score and Mays’ second trip to the goal line from 21 yards out.
The Dawg defense was just as impressive, limiting Somerville to only seven yards on the ground, five first downs and 200 total yards.
The Buffaloes are coming off their first victory of the year, a 20-0 blanking of Thorndale rival and district mate Thrall (0-2).
Florence fell to Rosebud-Lott 48-22 in the opening week.
The Buffaloes, 3-7 last season, are led by senior quarterback Kaleb Hardy who accounts for most of their offensive output.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has thrown for 314 yards and runfor167. Hehasscoredfive of Florence’s six touchdowns this season.
The Buf faloes are led on defense by defensive back Hondo Ramirez (18 tackles, 1 interception).
Thorndale defeated Florence 21-10 in 2011 and 55-35 in 2010.
The Buf faloes are picked eighth in the eight-team District 13-2A I, which includes favorite Cameron.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Stampede Stadium.
Thorndale 54, somerville 16
|5 First downs||22|
|193 Passing yards||155|
|200 Total yards||501|
|Score by quarters|
|THORN—Gabriel Salinas 10||pass||from|
|Riley Schaefer (Salinas kick)||5:||25|
|THORN—Darius Brooks 35||run||(||Salinas|
|THORN—Keon Mays 29 pass||from||Schaefer|
|(Salinas kick) 1:08|
|SOMER—Daniel Reyes 31 FG||11:||41|
|THORN—Price Miller 35 pass||from||Schaefer|
|(Salinas kick) 7:27|
|THORN—Brooks 73 fumble||return (||Salinas|
|THORN—Miller 15 run (kick||failed)||2:18|
|THORN—Guzman 14 run (||Salinas||kick)|
|THORN— Mays 21 run (||kick||failed)|
|SOMER—Marlin Nutall 95 KO||return (run|
|from Zack Hawkins (Reyes||kick)||2:||33|
RUSHING— Brooks 8-151 2TD, Miller 5-49 TD, Guzman 2-26 TD, Mays 4-47 TD, Barker 6-38, McCoy 5-45, Schaefer 2-(-3), Bigan 1-(-7). PASSING—Schaefer 5-11-0, 131 yards, 3TD; Mays 2-5-0, 24 yards. RECEIVING—Mays 4-86, Miller 1-35, Gomez 1-18, Salinas 1-10, Stockton 1-6.
Rushing— Brooks 25-253 5TD, Miller 9-126 TD, Mays 7-70 TD, Barker 10-60 TD, Guzman 5-55 TD, McCoy 7-52, Bigan 1-(-7), Schaefer 7-(-13) TD.
Passing—Schaefer 20-32-0, 268 yards 3 TD; Mays 2-5-0, 24 yards.
Receiving—Mays 7-112 TD, Miller 5-67 TD, Gomez 4-35, Stockton 3-58, Guzman 2-10, Salinas 1-10 TD.
This week—Thorndale at Florence; Holland at Moody; Somerville at Flatonia; Weimar at Shiner St. Paul; Jarrell at Thrall.
Last week—Thorndale 54, Somerville 16; Granger 28, Holland 14; Florence 20, Thrall 0; Weimar, Victoria St. Joseph ; Flatonia 22, Halletsville Sacred Heart 0.