VALRICO — Corey Thornton scored two first-half touchdowns to lead Bloomingdale over Lennard in the Bulls' homecoming game Friday night.
Thornton scored on runs of 4 and 3 yards, touchdowns that gave the Bulls (1-2) a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Touchdowns on drives sandwiching the halftime break produced a 35-10 lead, putting the game away.
The game marked the return to the lineup of several Bulls, including running back Rodney Roseboro (suspension), middle linebacker Zach Warhul (injury) and receiver Ed Amos (injury). The effect was apparent on the defense, which had given up 57 points in Bloomingdale's first two games despite producing a plus-7 turnover margin.
KEY PLAY: With Lennard facing third and 1 on its 32-yard line, the Longhorns attempted an option to the right. However, Bloomingdale's defense penetrated directly into quarterback Justin Dixon, who didn't have time to make the pitch. The hit on him jarred the ball loose, and Bulls sophomore Gabe Jones fell on the fumble, setting the Bulls up on the 24. Four plays later, Corey Thornton scored his second touchdown, giving Bloomingdale a three-score lead. It capped Bloomingdale's commanding field position in the first half. The Bulls' first three possessions, which resulted in scores, started on their 48 and 46, and the Lennard 24.
KEY DRIVE: After Lennard scored a touchdown to draw within 11, 21-10, with 1:34 remaining in the first half, senior quarterback Tyler Hunter led Bloomingdale 84 yards on nine plays in 1:23. He hit Ed Amos on a 11-yard scoring pass. The drive included a face mask penalty on Lennard and a 32-yard pass by receiver Terrel Ferrell.
STARS OF THE GAME: For Bloomingdale, Tyler Hunter went 12-of-25 for 125 yards (he was 10 for his first 16). Ed Amos finished with six catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. For Lennard, Justice Martin ran for 66 yards on 11 carries, and Brandon Henry ran for 66 yards on 14 carries.
FINAL WORLD I: "We ran out of bullets in the second half against Newsome and Chamberlain, so having Zach (Warhul) in the middle and Rodney (Roseboro) at safety on defense definitely gave us some extra bodies that helped us finish this game." — Bloomingdale coach Max Warner
FINAL WORLD II: "We played a new quarterback tonight, sophomore Justin Dixon, and he had his bumps, but he threw a touchdown pass. How about that. We were very singular the last couple of games. We were only a running team. Now we have moved to a more diverse passing game." — Lennard coach Matt Kitchie