Off week fortuitous for Dawgs as they heal up
“We needed a week off for all our injuries,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “We had six o ut v ersus Weimar. W e fi nished the game with seventeen, so mostly we are healing.”
Price Miller, Eric Guzman, Devin Fisher, Bailey O’Campo, Sam Stockton, and Sean Scheffell, were all on the shelf in the loss to Weimar in the District 13A-Div. I opener.
Guzman and O’Campo are lost for the season while Miller—a two-way starter—is not expected back until the final week of the year.
Before his injury, Miller had run for 205 yards and three scores and was also a top tackler.
The speedy Guzman was Thorndale’s top return man averaging almost 30 yards on kickoffs.
Also, leading rusher Darius Brooks is questionable for Friday night’s contest.
The sophomore has run for 679 yards and 10 touchdowns and was limited to 13 yards against Weimar on just three carries.
During their time off, the Bulldogs were also up for some fine tuning.
“ We focused on areas of improvement that need to be made and worked on those,” Brevard said.
In the 27-9 loss to Weimar, the usually potent Thorndale offense struggled, managing just 232 total yards and season-lows of 120 yards rushing and 11 first downs.
“We didn’t make a couple of plays in the third quarter that we needed to make,” Brevard said. “Then they had two long runs over 50 yards.”
Thorndale was the pre-season district favorite and aim to make prognosticators predictions come to fruition when they host Flatonia Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
Flatonia is coming off a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to district leader Weimar and have lost five straight.
The story of the Bulldogs’ season has been that they either score a lot of points, or give up a lot of points.
In their three victories, the Bulldogs have scored 41, 22 and 58 points.
In the five losses, they have allowed an average of 33 points a game.
This early in district play and with just five teams in the loop, all playoff spots are up in the air.
Weimar (4-3, 2-0) has jumped out to an early lead, but Thrall will test their mettle Friday in a battle of league unbeatens after edging Holland 20-19 last week.
This week— Flatonia at Thorndale; Thrall at Weimar; Holland is idle.
Last week—Weimar 14, Flatonia 13; Thrall 20, Holland 19; Thorndale was idle.
Rushing—Brooks 97-679 10TD, Barker 38-211 4TD, Miller 25-205 3TD, McCoy 32-195, Mays 23-136 TD, Austin 13-123 2TD, Guzman 11-102 TD, Schaefer 14-31 TD, Miller, J. 13-17, Salinas 1-(-5), Bigan 1-(-7).
Passing— Schaefer 61-111-3, 1,027 yards 11 TD; Miller, J. 5-13-1, 95 yards TD; Mays 3-8-0, 36 yards, Stockton 1-1-0.
Receiving— Mays 21-371 4TD, Stockton 5-132, Guzman 5-120 2TD, Miller, J. 4-106 2TD, Gomez 8-85, Salinas 9-82 2TD, Austin 4-71 TD, Miller 5-67 TD, Hafley 5-41, Bigan 1-6, Brooks 1-6.