Doh! Simpson frustrates Dawgs in season opener
The slippery Simpson ran for 226 yards and accounted for five touchdowns on offense and defense to boost Chilton past Thorndale 41-14 at Bulldog Stadium Friday night.
It was the Bulldogs’ first season opening loss since a 20-7 setback to Normangee in 2009.
Voters were so impressed with Chilton’s victory over the Bulldogs, they moved to No. 9 in this week’s rankings.
After rallying to tie the game at 14 at the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs did not score again as Chilton reeled off 27 unanswered points in the final three quarters.
Thorndale was limited to 295 yards of offense, while surrendering 412, mostly derived from Simpson.
“We need to tackle better, and weneedtogetoffblocks. We need to be more physical and come off the ball on the offensive line.”
Throndale matched the Pirates blow-for-blow in the first quarter in a flurry of scoring that saw four touchdowns in the final four minutes.
After Simpson crossed the goal line for the first time from six yards out, the Bulldogs answered with a 35-yard touchdown strike from Riley Schaefer to Colton Austin.
However, on the ensuing kickoff, Norvell Alston returned kick 87 yards for a touchdown.
Darius Brooks, who led Thorndale w ith 72 yards r ushing, scored from 22 yards away to tie the game with 1 minute, 41 seconds left in the quarter.
Simpson, who also made 12 tackles and returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, found the end zone from 19 yards out in the second quarter to hand the Pirates the lead for good, 21-14.
Chilton had one completion on the evening, a 26-yard scoring pass from Simpson to Zarrius McKee in the third quarter for a 28-14 lead.
Chilton quarterback Javarius Young complemented Simpson with 111 yards on 25 carries.
Schaefer finished with 10-of-24 completions with two interceptions and 129 yards.
The Bulldogs had clobbered then No. 10 Chilton 44-27 in the 2012 opener.
Chilton holds a 5- 2 advantage in the two team’s last seven meetings.
The Bulldogs will travel to Somer ville Friday for a 7:30 kickoff.
The Yeguas are coming off a 35-13 loss to Anderson-Shiro on the road.
Somerville’s Nathan Coronado completed 10-of-15 passes for 121 yards wtih a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 52 yards.
Somer v ille defeted A nderson Shiro—in their first year of competition—for its only win of the 2012 season.
In the past nine years, the Yeguas have posted just two winning seasons.
The Yeguas were plagued by the injury bug last season and were forced to use six different players at quarterback.
Eleven seniors among 15 returnees gives Somerville hope for the season.
Thorndale defeated Somerville 54-16 last season on the strength of Brooks’ 253 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bulldogs averaged over 10 yards per play for 501 yards and led 41-3 at intermission.
chilton 41, Thorndale 14
19 First downs 13
50-386 Rushing 32-166
1-7-1 Passing 10-26-3
26 Passing yards 129
412 Total yards 295
3-34 Punts 5-41
0-0 Fumbles 3-2
9-95 Penalties 7-50
Score by quarters
CHILTON— Charles Simpson 6 run (Sanchez kick) 4:09
THORN—Colton Austin 35 pass from Riley
Schaefer (Colton Austin kick) 3:17
CHILTON—Norvell Alston 87 kick return
(Sanchez kick) 3:02
THORN— Darius Brooks 22 run (Austin
CHILTON— Simpson 19 run (Sanchez
CHILTON—Zarrius McKee 26 pass from
Simpson (Sanchez kick) 2:54
CHILTON—Simpson 24 fumble return (pass
CHILTON— Simpson 35 run (Sanchez
RUSHING—Brooks 13-72 TD, Austin 2-31, Barker 3-31, McCoy 3-21, Schaefer 9-11, Guzman 1-3, Miller 1-(-3). PASSING—Schaefer 10-24-2 129 yards TD; Miller 0-2-1. RECEIVING—Austin 3-59, Guzman 3-58, Bankston 2-3, Miller 1-5, Hafley 1-4..
This week—Thorndale at Somerville;
Holland at Granger; Hallettsville Sacred
Heart at Flatonia; Boling at Weimar; Thrall
Last week— Chilton 41, Thorndale 14;
Jarrell 34, Holland 18; Thrall 18, Bruceville Eddy 14; Nixon-Smiley 28, Flatonia 14;