Dawgs bounce back with suffocation of Somerville
Shutting down their opponents and reeling off 47 straight points, the Bulldogs got back on track after a season opening loss, smothering Somerville 54-16 Friday night at Yegua Field.
Now 1-1 on the young season, Thorndale rolled up 494 yards of offense and the defense bowed up as well, surrendering under 75 yards in the final three quarters after allowing Florence to go airborne for 167 yards worth of touchdown passes.
Despite the bounce-back victory, T horndale C oach Brent Brevard still sees room for improvement.
“The tackling was much better, as was our run game blocking,” he said. “We still are not where we need to be, but were pleased with the improvement.”
Eric Guzman was his favorite target, grabbing five passes for 107 yards and two scores from 20 and 57 yards out.
Darius Brooks ran for 90 yards and three long distance touchdowns from 26, 27 and 35 yards, one in each of the first second and third quarters.
After Zach Hawkins took in an 85-yard pass from quarterback Nathan Coronado and then Hawkins found Keanu Graves with an 82-yard scoring strike in the first quarter, the Bulldogs went to work.
Guzman’s first scoring reception pushed Thorndale ahead for good, then Brooks’ second touchdown made it 21-12 at intermission.
The Bulldogs continued to pour it on in the second half as Brooks broke loose for a 26-yard score and Schaefer found Guzman with a 57-yard snare and Colton Austin from 30 yards out and the score was 41-12 heading into the final period.
The Bulldog defense snuffed out the Somerville (0-2) running game, allowing the Yeguas just 57 yards on 30 carries, less than two yards per touch.
Somerville accumulated 181 yards through the air, but 167 of it came on two plays.
The Buffaloes are coming off a 23- 0 victory over Thorndale rival Thrall.
“Florence has a lot of size on both the offensive and defensive lines,” Brevard said. “We have to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Theyhaveayoung quarterback and have put more emphasis on running the ball compared to the last couple of years when they were 70 per cent pass.”
Florence—which lost 48-6 to Rosebud-Lott in the opener—is indeed young at quarterback, star ting a freshman, Parker McNeil, who has thrown for 185 yards on just nine completions, 145 of that coming in the win over Thrall last week.
McNeil has been picked off three times against one touchdown pass.
The Buffaloes do primarily run with Fernando Ortiz (133 yards) and Lendell Freeman (115 yards) carrying most of the load behind the blocking of 6-foot-5, 295-pound Luke McNeil.
The Bulldogs will be attempting to avenge a 20-13 loss to Florence a year ago, their only non-district loss of 2012.
Florence shares District 13-2A with Cameron and are expected to finish last after a 4-6 ledger last season.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium.