Dawgs rolling over opponents after loss in season opener Thorndale 56, florence 2
For the second consecutive week, the Bulldogs crossed over the 50-point threshold with a 56-2 flogging of Florence at Bulldog Stadium.
Thorndale pulls to 2-1 on the season with a road contest against Hallettsville Sacred Heart on Friday.
Thorndale lost to Florence 20-13 last year, but was playing without starting quarterback Riley Schaefer who was on crutches with a turned ankle.
The Bulldogs eclipsed 50 points four times last season and appear on track to better that total.
While Thorndale has skill sets to spare, it’s the play of the interior linemen that has seen a vast improvement.
“The offensive and defensive lines are getting better each week,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “Seniors Sterling Kothmann and Lorenzon Llana are playing well, but some young guys have come on too.
“Ethan Biar and Dalton Robertson on the offensive line, and Cody Niemtschk and Darius Brooks on the defensive line have done well.”
Thorndale scored the first six times it touched the ball and led 39-0 at halftime.
Darius Brooks scored from five and eight yards out, while Schaefer and Colton Austin hooked up for two scoring strikes from 24 and 40 yards out in the second quarter.
Rowdy McCoy scored his first touchdown of the season on a two-yard blast, while Schaefer swiped a pass and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.
Schaefer had nine picks last season, this was his first of 2013.
Thorndale crossed the goal line twice in the third quarter when Brooks sprinted over from the four and Schaefer snuck in from the one to make the score 53-0.
Brooks ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries as Schaefer was 10-of-17 for 149 yards and two touchdowns in a balanced attack.
“Yes, very happy with the balance,” Brevard said. “We never want to be one dementional.”
While the Bulldogs accumulated 429 yards on offense (255 rushing, 174 passing), the defense clamped down on the Buffaloes allowing them just 110 yards of offense and were stout against the run, surrendering a mere nine yards on 28 attempts.
Scouting Sacred Heart
Hallettsville Sacred Heart is coming off an open date and are 0-2 on the season after losses to Yorktown and Flatonia.
The Indians were semifinalists at 9-4 last season and were com- ing off a TAPPS Division III state championship in 2011.
They have posted seven straight winning seasons and are rated as the top team in Division III/District 5.
Sacred Heart is led by running back Johnathan Vanek (5-9, 175) who picked up 1,974 yards and 29 touchdowns a year ago. He accounted for two scores against the Bulldogs last season.
Thorndale pounded Sacred Heart 66-25 last year, powered by the return of Schaefer who had missed the previous week with that ankle injury.
Schaefer returned in earnest, throwing for 353 yards and a school record five touchdowns.
The Bulldogs rolled up a season high 660 yards of offense including 448 through the air and led 47-6 at intermission.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Hallettsville.
22 First downs 6
31-210 Rushing 30-57
16-26-0 Passing 7-14-0
284 Passing yards 181
494 Total yards 238
1-50 Punts 8-39
2-0 Fumbles 1-0
3-40 Penalties 7-35
Score by quarters
Thorndale 20 19 14 3—56
THORNDALE—Darius Brooks 5 run (Colton
Austin kick) 8:56
THORNDALE—Riley Schaefer 56 INT return
(kick failed) 5:46
THORNDALE—Brooks 8 run (Austin kick)
THORNDALE—Austin 24 pass from Schaefer (kick failed) 9:40
THORNDALE—Rowdy McCoy 2 run (Austin
THORNDALE—Austin 40 pass from Schaefer (kick failed) :15
THORNDALE—Brooks 4 run (Austin kick)
THORNDALE— Schaefer 1 run ( Austin
FLORENCE—Safety, ounter knee in end
THORNDALE—Austin 39 FG 6:42
RUSHING—Brooks 10-93 3 TD, Guzman
6-45, Barker 8-43, McCoy 5-39, Schaefer
5-23, Austin 4-15, Miller 7 (-13).
PASSING—Schaefer 10-17-0, 149 yards
2 TD; Miller 1-2-0, 25 yards.
RECEIVING—Bankston 5-67, Austin 3-71
2 TD, Miller 2-26, Guzman 1-10.
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This week—Thorndale at Hallettsville
Sacred Heart; Holland at Central Texas
Christian; Thrall; Weimar at Shiner St. Paul;
Schulenburg at Flatonia.
Last week—Thorndale 56, Florence
2; Holland 34, Moody 24; Jarrell 61, Thrall
10; Flatonia 45, Somerville 8; Weimar 20,
BULLDOG SEASON LEADERS
Rushing— Brooks 35-255 7TD,
Barker 14-136 TD, McCoy 11-77 TD,
Austin 9-51, Schaefer 20-55 TD,
Guzman 9-60, Woefel 2-10, Towery
2-4, Miller 9 (-16).
Passing—Schaefer 35-66-2, 527
yards, 6 TD, Miller 2-5-1, 60 yards,
Receiving— Guzman 9-175 2 TD,
Austin 8-162 4 TD, Bankston 8-81,
Miller 7-95, Hafley 3-55 TD, Barker