Dawg D snuffs out Dillos, await Weimar in opener
The No. 15 Bulldogs most recent 49-10 victory over San Saba marks the third straight game in which the opposing team has gained under 150 yards of total offense.
“Our defensive guys are doing a great job of running to the ball,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard, whose team won its fourth straight after an opening game loss. “The defensive line is getting good push and the linebackers are running well to the ball.”
In front of a homecoming crowd Friday night at Bulldog Stadium, the Bulldogs dug in and put up a front that allowed just 141 yards, including 62 on the ground in 26 carries.
In their two previous outings, Thorndale allowed 118 yards to Granger and 110 to Florence.
Darius Brooks went over 100 yards for the fourth time this season and crossed the goal line three times to give him 11 touchdowns this season.
Riley Schaefer turned in his usual steady performance, completing 16-of-25 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Schaefer needs 51 yards to become the first Thorndale quarterback to pass for 1,000 yards twice and have over 3,000 career yards.
Thanks to a pair of Brooks short runs, a couple of aerials from Schaefer and two scores and a field goal from Colton Austin, the Bulldogs piled up a 36-0 lead at the break.
The ubiquitous Austin picked up 51 yards rushing, 57 yards in receptions, and scored twice while booting a 30-yard field goal and four extra points.
The Bulldogs will host the defending District 13A, Division I champions Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium as league play begins.
Thorndale is expected to wrestle the district crown away from the Wildcats.
Under first-year coach David Husemann, Weimar enters the contest at 2-2 after dropping two straight to Hallettsville (49- 0) and Shiner (20-7) last week.
Husemann replaces Zack Hudson who left for Howe after two 7-5 years, leading the Wildcats to their first 11-man playoff victory and their first district title in 30 years in 2012.
The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 15 in pre-season, have scored just 39 points this season, which is an average half for Thorndale, who enters the game averaging 45 points a game.
In their four wins, the Bulldogs have scored 54, 56, 52 and 49 points.
Offensively, Weimar is lead by dual threat quarterback Juwan A lmeida who passed for 970 yards and rushed for an additional 350 in 2012.
On the ground, the Wildcats boast explosive running back JaKyle Harris (5-10, 175) who rushed for 1,603 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to district offensive MVP honors as a junior.
Last year, Thorndale could not hold on to an early lead in a 27-9 loss.
Weimar outgained the Bulldogs 516 to 232 as Harris ran for 135 yards and two scores.
As far as the rest of the district is concerned, there are three teams with at least four wins: surprising Holland at 5-1, Thorndale 4-1 and Flatonia 4-1.
Flatonia travels to Holland, while a struggling Thrall (2-4) takes a much-needed week off.