Dawgs continue dominance by grinding up Granger on road

Schaefer tosses four touchdowns as defense tosses shutout


Colton Austin breaks free for a 24-yard touchdown pass from Riley Schaefer in the second quarter. 
Reporter photos/Teresa Ging Colton Austin breaks free for a 24-yard touchdown pass from Riley Schaefer in the second quarter. Reporter photos/Teresa Ging GRANGER—While we’re right smack dab in the middle of the season, the Thorndale Bulldogs appear to be in playoff form.

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.


Darius Brooks led the Bulldogs with 78 yards rushing and a score. Darius Brooks led the Bulldogs with 78 yards rushing and a score. In the past three games, the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 162- 14 and have eclipsed 50 points in all three contests.

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

Brevard dug deep into his stable of running backs in the lopsided win, led by top rusher Darius Brooks with 78 yards on just 13 tries.

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.

Mason slammed the door on the Armadillos ground game, allowing just 27 yards on 26 carries and Verette was forced to pass 19 times, with nine completions for 73 yards.

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.


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