Bulldogs fall short in district opener
WEIMAR— Big plays and big numbers were bad news as Thorndale (5-2, 0-1) fell 27-9 to the Weimar Wildcats (3-3, 1-0) at Weimar Stadium on Friday night in the District 13A-I opener for both teams. The Bulldogs were picked to win the district and will now have to use their off week to regroup.
“ They ( Weimar) did have great team speed,” Bulldogs’ second year head coach Brent Brevard said. “We played hard, but just could not get it done.”
Colton Austin scored all of Thorndale’s nine points, three with his foot and the other six with his hands. Austin hit a 22 yard field goal with 8:22 remaining in the second quarter to open up the game’s scoring.
Weimar would answer with a 58 yard rushing touchdown by JaKyle Harris with the point after true. The Wildcats would take a 7-3 lead with 8:07 left in the first half.
Austin would haul in a 23 yard pass from quarterback Riley Schaefer with 35 seconds left in the half. The point after kick failed, but the Bulldogs would carry a 9-7 advantage to the locker room. However, that was the last time Thorndale would hold the lead.
Juwan Almeida scored from two yards out with 2:24 left in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. He also added the extra point kick.
Weimar had another big run from Harris, this time for 52 yards with 1:57 remaining in the third. The PAT failed, but the Wildcats were now up 20-9.
Weimar would round out its scoring on a one yard dive from DeLexus Gordon with an Almeida kick with 4:53 left in the game.
“We didn’t make a couple of plays in the third quarter that we needed to make,” Coach Brevard said. “Then they had two long touchdown runs over 50 yards.”
The Bulldog defense gave up a whopping 516 yards of offense to the Wildcats. The 114 on the air was manageable, but the 402 rushing yards were more than Thorndale could overcome.
Harris led the Wildcats ground at tack, totaling 135 yards on 20 carries.
Quarterback Almeida was seven of 15 in the air for 114 yards.
Toree Johnson was Almeida’s favorite target, hitting him five times for 55 yards on the night.
Thorndale was limited to just 232 yards of total offense on the night.
Schaefer connected on 11 of 24 passes for 112 yards, but threw an interception. The junior signal caller was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher on the night with 44 yards on 11 carries.
On a high note, Schaefer passed the 1,000 yard mark for the season in passing. He now has 1,027 aerial yards after connecting on 61 of 111 passes for 11 touchdowns.
Austin and Keon Mays shared Thorndale’s top receiver award against Weimar, each totaling 42 yards receiving on three catches.
BYE WEEK—The Bulldogs have their open date this week, and just in the nick of time, according to Coach Brevard.
“We need a week off for all our injuries. We had six out versus Weimar. We finished the game with 17 (players), so mostly we are healing,” he said.
Bulldog players Price Miller, Eric Guzman, Devin Fisher, Bailey O’Campo, Sam Stockton and Sean Scheffell did not play against Weimar.
“We will focus on areas of improvement that need to be made and work on those.”
Thorndale will host Flatonia on Oct. 26.
WEIMAR 27, THORNDALE 9
Score by quarters
THORN—Colton Austin 22 FG 8:22
WEIMAR—JaKyle Harris 58 run (Juwan
Almeida kick) 8:07
THORN—Austin 23 pass from Riley Schaefer (kick failed) 0:35
WEIMAR—Almeida 2 run (Almeida kick)
WEIMAR—Harris 52 run (kick failed) 1:57
WEIMAR—DeLexus Gordon 1 run (Almeida
RUSHING—Thorndale: Schaefer 7-44;
Rowdy McCoy 11-38; Austin 4-25; Darius
Brooks 3-13; Seth Barker 4-3; Keon Mays
2-(-3). Weimar: Harris 20-135 2TD; Almeida 13-85 TD; Gordon 14-82 TD.
PASSING—Thorndale: Schaefer 11-24-1,
112 yards TD. Weimar: Almeida 7-15-1
114 yards; Seth Helmcamp 0-1-0 0 yards.
RECEIVING—Thorndale: Austin 3-42 TD;
Mays 3-42; Jordan Hafley 2-13; Gabriel
Salinas 2-9; Brooks 1-6. Weimar: Toree
Johnson 2-55; Helmcamp 3-45; Justin
Rosenauer 1-10; Payton Wells 1-4.