Bulldogs shut out by No.1 team

Published 1:57 am Saturday, October 3, 2009

THOMASVILLE — It only took Andalusia coach Brian Seymore three words to sum up his team’s 51-0 region loss to No. 1 Thomasville Friday night.

“It’s on me,” he said, taking the blame for his team’s performance.

Thomasville junior fullback Michael Thornton cut through the Bulldogs’ defense with 13 carries for 69 yards and three touchdowns to help lead his team to the victory.

Thomasville running back Tyler Hayes also contributed in the win with five carries for 76 yards and one touchdown.

Thornton scored his first touchdown with 7:42 left in the first half from the 1-yard line to bring Thomasville’s lead to 17-0. His second came late in the third quarter from the 2-yard line.

Thornton finished his scoring in the fourth quarter with a 16-yard carry.

Turnovers proved costly for the Bulldogs (3-3, 2-2 in Class 4A, Region 1) Friday night. They gave up four turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

The first came when a punt was blocked and Thomasville’s Charles Taylor recovered the ball from the 3-yard line for a touchdown.

The second came early in the third quarter when Thomasville’s Brian Knight picked up a fumble and drove the ball in from Andalusia’s 18-yard-line to put the score at 30-0.

Thomasville added three points later in the first quarter on a field goal kick by Harrison Lewis.

Hayes scored his touchdown at the opening of the second half on a 70-yard carry to put the Tigers (6-0, 4-0) up 23-0.

Thomasville’s final touchdown came with 1:38 left, when second-string quarterback Tevin Watter ran it in from 1 yard out. The extra point was good.

Andalusia will be on the road again next Friday night to face Clarke County.