Schaefer returns in a big way with five touchdown tosses
Well, he played and the short time he was on the field, he made his presence known.
Bouncing back from a disappointing loss to Florence last week, the Bulldogs celebrated the return of their field leader with a resounding 66-25 victory over Sacred Heart.
It’s the most points Thorndale has posted since it defeated Rosebud Lott 74-7 in 2009.
Thorndale improved to 3-1 on the season, while Sacred Heart— the defending TAPPS Division III state champion—falls to 0-3.
The Bulldogs collected 660 total yards of offense in the win with 448 of that coming through the air.
Schaefer was 14-of-21 for 353 yards and tossed a school record five touchdown passes to four different receivers. Schaefer has yet to throw an interception this season.
“We were very pleased with our players efforts this week,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “It was great to have Riley back, he adds a lot to our offense.”
Thorndale steamrolled to a 47- 6 halftime advantage and coasted in the second half as Sacred Heart scored most of its points against reserves.
Seven different players carried the ball for the Bulldogs, seven different receivers caught passes and six different players scored touchdowns.
There were plenty of footballs to go around.
Besides Schaefer’s numbers, Seth Barker topped the rushing attack with 105 yards and three scores on 11 carries
Veteran Keon Mays had his best night as a Bulldog, grabbing six passes for 130 yards and two scores, coming on the first two possessions of the evening, from 70 and 29 yards out.
On the strength of the Schaefer to Mays connection, Thorndale sprinted to a 26-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the opening stanza, Schaefer also dialed up long distance with Jake Miller from 63 yards out after a Darius Brooks (74 yards rushing) two-yard blast.
After Barker opened the second quarter with a 29-yard step off, the junior added his fourth and fifth scoring strikes in the second quarter on a 36-yard toss to Eric Guzman and a 26-yarder to Gabriel Salinas for the 47-6 cushion at intermission.
Schaefer substitute Miller added a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter (72 yards to Guzman) to give the Bulldogs six on the evening.
Barker accounted for two of the three Thorndale scores in the second half on short runs of one and eight.
The Lions are coming off a 26-21 loss at Thrall and are 2-2 on the year.
After opening the season with wins over Johnson City and Holland, Granger has dropped two straight, losing 30-21 to Bremond two weeks ago.
The Lions are led by quarterback Preston Jimenez (6-2, 190) who has thrown for 259 yards and run for 116 yards and three scores.
Granger’s top ground gainer is Jake Kaderka with 273 yards and five scores.
Granger was a regional semifinalist in 2011 and is tabbed for third in District 13-1A Div II behind Burton and Milano.
The last time Thorndale and Granger faced each other was in 2007 as members of the same district 27A. Granger won 53-0.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
thorndale 66, Hallettsville Sacred heart 25
THORN—Keon Mays 70 pass from Riley
Schaefer (kick failed) 10:05
THORN—Mays 28 pass from Schaefer
(Gomez from Stockton pass) 6:07
THORN—Darius Brooks 2 run (run failed)
THORN—Jake Miller 63 pass from Schaefer (kick failed) 1:21
THORN— Seth Barker 29 run (Gabriel
Salinas kick) 11:53
THORN— Eric Guzman 36 pass from
Schaefer (Salinas kick) 6:28
HSH—Cade Brewer 16 pass from Scott
Stoner (run failed) 1:26
THORN—Gabriel Salinas 26 pass from
Schaefer (Avila kick) :50
HSH—Jonathan Vanek 14 run (run failed)
HSH—Vanek 18 run (run failed) 4:59
THORN—Barker 1 run (Salinas kick) :24
HSH—Vanek 7 run (Evan Wick kick) 10:31
THORN—Guzman 72 pass from Jake Miller
(kick failed) 9:10
THORN—Barker 8 run (run failed) 5:55
RUSHING—Barker 11-105 3TD, Brooks
12-74 TD, McCoy 2-21, Guzman 1-16,
Mays 1-4, Miller, J. 4-(-3), Salinas 1-(-5).
PASSING—Schaefer 14-21-0, 353 yards
5TD, Miller, J. 5-10-0, 95 yards TD.
RECEIVING—Mays 6-130 2TD, Salinas
4-41 TD, Guzman 3-110 2TD, Stockton
2-74, Gomez 2-24, Miller, J. 1-63 TD,
This week— Granger at Thorndale; Ganado at Flatonia; Central Texas Christian at Holland; Hallettsville at Weimar; Shiner at Thrall.
Last week—Thorndale 66, Hallettsville Sacred Heart 25; Thrall 26, Granger 21; Holland 34, Bartlett 26; Flatonia 35, Schulenburg 14; Weimar 22, Shiner St. Paul 21..
Rushing— Brooks 59-409 6TD, Miller 25-205 3TD, Mays 18-111 TD, Barker 21-165 4TD, Guzman 11-102 TD, McCoy 10-77, Bigan 1-(-7), Miller, J. 6-(-14), Schaefer 7-(-13) TD.
Passing—Schaefer 34-53-0, 621 yards 8 TD; Mays 3-8-0, 36 yards, Miller, J. 5-13-1, 95 yards TD; Stockton 1-1-0.
Receiving— Mays 13-242 3TD, Miller 5-67 TD, Gomez 7-71, Stockton 5-132, Guzman 5-120 2TD, Salinas 5-51 2TD, Miller, J. 1-63 TD, Bigan 1-6.