After week off, Thorndale up for battle of unbeatens
Flatonia is aiming for its first playoff appearance since 2007.
Whatever the reason, both schools are angling for a leg up in the District 13A, Division I race when they face off Friday in Flatonia in a battle of the Bulldogs.
Flatonia (6-1) is coming off a victory over a reeling Weimar and stand 2-0 in district play.
The winner of Friday night’s contest will clinch a playoff berth in the five-member district.
After their big victory over Weimar two weeks ago, the Bulldogs (5-1, 1-0) are coming off a week off that allowed them to heal up and further prepare for the game of the year.
“ We needed the open week for sure,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “Linebacker Rowdey McCoy has been nursing an injured ankle. He did not play against Weimar. Troy Gomez also needed time to heal an ankle injury. We needed an open week right at this time.”
After losing their opener to Nixon-Smiley, Weimar has reeled off six straight.
After losing to No. 13 Chilton in its opener, Thorndale has pocketed five straight.
“Flatonia is very good,” Brevard said. “ They use a ball control offense and have a strong defense as well. They have only given up one touchdown a game in their first two district games. We are going to have to play well to beat them.”
In the 21-7 victory over Weimar, Flatonia constructed a 14-0 halftime lead and used a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown with five minutes left in the game for some breathing room.
Thorndale held off Weimar 28-22.
Flatonia is led by quarterback Wil Bruns (6-foot, 190 pounds) who has thrown for just over 500 yards this season.
Flatonia’s dominate running attack is paced by the Mica boys, Mitchell and Marcus who have combined for almost 900 yards.
Flatonia was 4- 6 last season and did not make the playoffs and was picked third in District 13-A.
Following the Thorndale game, Flatonia will take the week off with just one game remaining at lowly Thrall.
Thorndale blanked Flatonia 19- 0 last season, limiting the Bulldogs to 51 yards rushing.