Hornets sting Thorndale in regular season finale upset

With a bye week, Dawgs wait on Ben Bolt-Kenedy playoff winner

Colton Austin hauled in three touchdown passes and booted two field goals against Holland. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Colton Austin hauled in three touchdown passes and booted two field goals against Holland. Reporter/Teresa Ging HOLLAND—A funny thing happened to Thorndale on the road to the playoffs and a free and clear district championship.

Holland put up a roadblock.

The Hornets—who had no playoff hopes–stung Thorndale 36-33 Friday night at Hornet Stadium in the regular season finale, scoring 23 unanswered points in the last 10 minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs, who had won seven straight games, enter the playoffs with a 7-2 mark, while Holland—a playoff team in 2012— ends the season with a sparkling 7-3 record, but a 2-2 league mark kept them out of the post season.

Despite being co- champions with Flatonia, the Bulldogs enter the Division I, Region IV playoffs as the top seed because they defeated Flatonia (7-2, 3-1).

Thorndale, who made it to the regional semifinals a year ago, will get the winner of the Ben Bolt-Kenedy contest in area. Ben Bolt (5-5) was the District 16A runnerup and Kenedy (4-4) was third in District 15A.

Flatonia takes on Ozona and Weimar faces Brackettville in the first round.

The shared district crown is the first for Thorndale since 2009 and the 25th in school history, dating back to 1945.

For the Bulldogs, everything was going according to plan and they led 33-13 with under 10 minutes remaining to be played.

Then, the bottom dropped out.

“Well... Holland started completing passes on us,” said Thorndale coach Brent Brevard. “They got two interference calls that helped them. We had a couple of turnovers in the second half as well.”

After Colton Austin’s 28-yard field goal made the score 33-13 with 10 minutes, 42 seconds left in the game, Holland quarterback Seth Spinn went to work.

Spinn, who was the Hornets’ leading rusher and passer coming in, found Christian Ramirez twice on duplicate 10-yard scoring passes within a three-minute span to pull Holland within 33-29.

Adding to the comeback was the fact that Holland was able to convert two, two-point conversions after Ramirez’ two scores.

On their next possession, the Hornets drove down the field with Spinn hitting Dallas Harvey on a short four-yard route to grab the lead 36-33 with 42 seconds left.

As Thorndale tried to rally, the Hornets picked off a pass to secure the upset victory.

The Bulldogs certainly outdistanced Holland (444-332) as they have most of their opposition, but the Hornets ran almost 20 more plays than Thorndale and rolled up 22 first downs.

The Bulldogs also uncharacteristically turned the ball over three times (two fumbles, one interception).

Including Friday night, Thorndale has turned the ball over just 11 times (six fumbles, five interceptions) in 2013.

“Basically they made the plays to win the game and we did not,” Brevard said.

The sophomore Spinn accountted for 291 of Holland’s 332 yards of offense with four touchdown passes.

Austin certainly left his mark on the game, hauling in touchdown passes of 80, 49 and 35 yards while also booting a pair of field goals from 26 and 28 yards.

He ended up with seven catches for 187 yards.

Schaefer turned in a careerbest 296 yards passing with four touchdown tosses on 19- of-28 accuracy.

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