Dawgs determined to get off to great start in 2013
The Pirates don’t carry any ranking with them this season, but another victory over the perennial power would be just as important.
Chilton is the district 12A, Div ision II favor ite on the strength of returning duel threat Javarius Young.
The 5-foot-11, 170 pound quarterback ran for 1,054 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012.
“Chilton is very explosive on offense,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard, who begins his third season as Bulldog coach. “They have a very athletic quarterback who is dangerous if he gets into the open field. They run a three- three stack on defense and play hard.”
The Pirates will be aiming for their 24th overall playoff appearance and 12th in a row and a possible shot at a third state title.
Thorndale clobbered Chilton 44-27 last season en route to their first playoff appearance since 2007.
In his first starting assignment at quar terback, Ri ley Schaefer deftly guided the Bulldogs down the f ield as they ground out 250 rushing yards.
It was a coming out party for then-sophomore Darius Brooks, who dashed for 202 yards and three scores. He also produced a touchdown on defense, returning a fumble 27 yards.
The last six times they have faced off, Chilton holds a 4-2 advantage.
In 2006, Chilton defeated Thorndale twice, once in the regular season and again in the playoffs.
The Bulldogs made it to the regional semifinals last season before being knocked out by defending state champion Mason, so expectat ions are high.
“These kids want to win and play hard on Friday night just because that’s what they do,” Brevard said. “I don’t know how the rankings affect them. They just play hard.”
What—Chilton Pirates at Thorndale
Bulldogs. (Season Opener).
When—Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where—Bulldog Stadium (1,680
Last year—Thorndale won 44-27.
2012 Records—Thorndale 10-3,