Dawgs whip up on Weimar, first step on way to crown
The Bulldogs took a huge step in realizing a crown by whipping Weimar 28-22 in the district opener at Bulldog Stadium Friday night.
Thorndale improved to 5-1 overall, while Weimar has now lost three straight and stand 2-3.
The Bulldogs take the week off before battling Flatonia (5-1, 1-0) on Oct. 25 on the road.
Despite the fact the Bulldogs won a big game over Weimar and were ranked No. 15 last week, they dropped completely out of the Associated Press Class A poll this week.
Rankings aside, Thorndale stayed the course in its game plan to control the Wildcats.
“It was a big win for us, “said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “Weimar won the district last year and we knew they would be tough. We wanted to establish the run on offense and did a good job of that the first half.
Avenging a 27-9 loss in 2012 in which they could not hold on to an early lead, the Bulldogs reeled off 28 straight points Friday after trailing 7-0 and never relented, despite a late comeback attempt from the Wildcats.
Weimar was led by district most valuable player JaKyle Harris who broke loose for 164 yards on 24 carries, but Thorndale kept him out of the end zone.
The Bulldogs defense pressured Wildcat quarterback Juwan Almeida into three interceptions (Seth Barker had two, Dillon Bankston one) and also forced a fumble.
“We also wanted to not let them run right at us in their two back, tight end set,” Brevard said. “We did a good job defensively of shutting them down there, but they did have some success in the their spread package. Fortunately we held them off right up to the final seconds of the game.”
Thorndale entered the pivotal contest averaging 53 points a game, but Weimar slowed down the scoring machine.
Riley Schaefer amassed 199 yards in total offense: 122 passing, 62 rushing and 15 receiving when he hauled in a pass off a trick play from receiver Dillon Bankston right before halftime to make the score 21-7.
The senior surpassed 1,000 yards passing for the season and has over 3,000 in his career.
Darius Brooks just missed out on 100 yards with 99 on 16 carries with a pair of touchdowns in the first half.
After a short touchdown pass from Weimar to open the scoring, Schaefer found Bankston with a 37-yard toss at the end of the first quarter to tie the game.
Brooks opened the third quarter with a two-yard blast to increase the Thorndale lead to 28-7 with 9:07 left in the quarter.
Weimar’s final score—a 11-yard pass from Almeida to LaDarius King—came with 4:53 remaining to be played.
Despite the momentum the win might provide, Brevard welcomes the week off.
“It is good. We need some time to get a couple of guys healthy.”