by Mitchell austin
Eagle Editorial Board
After the disappointing loss to Strake in the season opener, the Eagles were hoping to rebound at home against Episcopal.
Unfortunately, the Knights won 12-10.
The Eagles came out sloppy when a botched punt attempt led to an Episcopal safety. The defense gave up a score on the next drive and the Knights jumped out to an early 9-0 lead with 6:49 left in the first.
For the second week in a row, the Eagle defense played outstanding, only allowing a field goal the rest of the game. Seniors Eric Martin and Miles Lerch had outstanding games once again.
With an 0-2 record, the Eagles needed a big win to get the season back on track.
They traveled to New Caney set on recording their first win of the season. The Eagles dominated the “Battle of the Eagles” with a 34-3 win.
The night opened with a long touchdown run by senior Derek Martin.
The defense played its best game of the year, only allowing three New Caney points with a first quarter field goal after a dropped snap.
At halftime, the score stood at 13-3.
The second half was when STH really began to turn up the heat.
Martin scored three more touchdowns and senior Jeff Barnwell rushed in one as well late in the game.
The ground game, as well as time of possession, was completely dominated by the St. Thomas Eagles.
“The O-line played great for me,” Martin said. “The run blocking was just outstanding.”
Junior Jack Reidy and senior Jonathan Cohen led the defense. Both totaled sacks and multiple tackles for loss.
Junior Pearson Garnett led the secondary with shutdown coverage and crushing blows to the New Caney players. Junior Marek Hamilton snapped into beast mode and added a sack as well.
“I believe we were much more mentally tough in the second half,” Reidy said. “Coach Fitz got us really pumped up for the second half.”
Derek Martin totaled 252 yards of rushing and three touchdowns.
The offensive line led by senior Peter Foreman and junior Alex Snyder cleared the way for Martin all night.
This is the second straight year the Eagles have defeated New Caney for the first win of the season.
The Eagles play Santa Fe this Friday and hope to get revenge for two straight years of blowing the Eagles out.