TAPPS district football has begun, and the Eagles opened up with a hard loss to St. Pius X, 33-30.
The Eagles were down 7-0 at the half and came out with more offensive firepower. Junior Justin Sebo passed for 338 yards and Senior Derek Martin ran for 142. However, the Eagle defense could not contain Panther running back Kenneth Barrow, who had touchdown runs of 82, 77, and 48, and ended the night with 289 yards rushing.
“We are so much better than how we played. We were the better team but didn’t show it. Next week we need to make a statement.”
-Paul De Ayala, Center
The Eagles did just that, completely dominating Houston Christian 50-0. The rout of the Mustangs began with a safety by senior Jonathan Cohen with 7:25 left in the first quarter. Sebo connected with junior Colin Caram, and seniors Miles Lerch and David Rizzo all in the first half. Martin added another touchdown and the score stood at 30-0 at halftime.
The Eagles lost no steam in the second half. Martin added two more touchdowns and senior Brandon Alaniz returned an interception for a touchdown, to bring the score to 50-0. The Eagles completely dominated all phases of the game, outgaining the Mustangs offensively 337 to 128 yards.
The defense rebounded from a poor performance in the Pius game to complete their first shutout of the season. Seniors Martin and Lerch led the way with crushing hits to Mustang receivers. Junior Parker White had an outstanding game, recording three sacks and multiple tackles for loss.
Sebo only needed to complete eight passes as the offense rolled. Martin finished with 155 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while senior Jeff Barnwell added 23 yards.
Prior to these games, the Eagles traveled to Santa Fe to play a very good Indians team. The Eagles played a great game and defeated Santa Fe 31-14, ruining the Indians’ homecoming.
STH struck first with a Martin touchdown reception from Sebo with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
However, two Santa Fe interceptions gave the Indians great field position, allowing running back Andrew Mann to run in two touchdowns. Senior Yannis Minetos added a field goal for the Eagles, and the score stood at 10-14 Santa Fe at the half.
The Eagles came out and played their best half of the year, completely dominating the Indians.
Martin ran in two more touchdowns to continue his dominant streak. He finished with 93 yards rushing. Junior Colin Caram caught a touchdown reception from Sebo, who finished with 239 yards.
The offensive line led by senior center Paul De Ayala played another outstanding game, giving Sebo protection all night. The defense wrecked, with great games by seniors Jonathan Cohen, Eric Martin and junior Cameron Arndt.
“It was a solid game for us,” said Martin. “Solid team effort of everyone doing their job and trusting others to do theirs.”
-Eric Martin, Senior
After ruining Santa Fe’s homecoming, the Eagles turned focus to their own against Splendora. Senior Miles Lerch started off the game picking off Splendora quarterback Huestes MacAnally and returning 48 yards to the endzone for the first touchdown of the night. The Eagles never looked back and went on to win 45-15.
Sebo led the offense with two touchdown passes to sophomore Christopher Zook in the first half. Minetos added a field goal and the score stood at 24-0 STH at the half. The Eagles kept momentum starting the second half, with a Sebo touchdown pass to junior Cavan Biggio. The offense was so consistent that the Eagles did not have to punt all night. Martin scored his ninth and tenth touchdowns of September and the Eagles rolled to an easy victory. Offensively, Zook had five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Sebo threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, and Martin rushed for 102 yards.
The defense played outstanding as usual, with Cohen and senior Mac Cady having monstrous games. In addition to Lerch, juniors Pearson Garnett and Max James had interceptions, and senior Danny Amsler had a great game as well.
The Eagles travel to Beaumont this week to face the Bulldogs, who defeated Pius this past weekend, putting them in first place in district. This is a big game for the Eagles to win, and losing is not an option if they hope to take district.