Dawgs continue dominance by grinding up Granger on road
Featuring a dominating performance on both sides of the ball, the 17th ranked Bulldogs manhandled Granger 52-0 Friday night at Lions Field.
Its Thorndale’s first shutout since a 9- 0 win over Flatonia last season in the eighth game of the year.
Despite the dominance, it took the Bulldogs a while to get warmed up.
“No, we were not real sharp on offense in the first half,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “ We had several drops and a couple of foolish penalties. The second half was better though.”
You might say that. Leading 17- 0 at half time, Thorndale erupted for 35 points in the second half to turn the game into a runaway.
Showing their versatility, seven different Bulldogs scored in the rout.
Riley Schaefer riddled the Lions on 16-of-25 accuracy for 238 yards and a season-high four touchdowns. The senior has not thrown an interception since the season-opening loss to Chilton.
Schaefer connected with four different receivers for the scoring.
Colton Austin, Jake Miller, Eric Guzman and Dillon Bankston all hauled in scoring strikes from Schaefer.
For Miller and Bankston, it was their first scores of the season.
Austin had four catches for 84 yards against Granger and leads the team in catches with 12 for 246 yards and five touchdowns.
Austin also boosted a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter
The Dawg defense caused four turnovers and allowed just 118 yards of offense.
The Lions put the ball on the ground 10 times, with Thorndale coming up with the loose ball three times.
Scouting San Saba
It’s homecoming for Thorndale as the Bulldogs host San Saba at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
The Armadillos enter the game at 2-3 on the season, coming off a 56-10 loss to No. 6 Mason.
Mason, which is led by former Thorndale coach Kade Burns, knocked Thorndale out of the playoffs last season in the regional semifinals.
San Saba is a predominantly run-first team and have attempted just 38 passes in five games.
Senior quarterback Kelen Verette (6-0, 170) is the Armadillos top offensive threat and leads the team in rushing as well.
San Saba, picked third in their district, didn’t even have 100 yards of offense against the 2011 state champions.
The Armadillos do possess All-State kicker Rodney Ortiz, who has converted 38 extra point in a row.
Thorndale earned a hardfought 9-6 victory last season in San Saba, limiting the Armadillos to two short field goals and 220 yards of total offense.