by Mitchell Austin
Eagle Editorial Board
Following a big 50-0 victory over Houston Christian, the football team traveled to Beaumont to face the Kelly Bulldogs in a crucial district game. The Eagles went out flat and their late-game rally came up short as they lost 44-27.
The game began with two touchdown runs of 30 and 57 yards by Kelly running back Nick Barber. Junior Justin Sebo connected with senior David Rizzo to bring the score to 14-7. After another Barber touchdown and a Bulldogs field goal the score stood 23-7 at halftime.
The Eagle defense played exceptionally the second half. A blocked Kelly punt was recovered in the end zone for an STH touchdown. Turnovers and special teams mistakes plagued the Eagles. An interception returned for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown was too much for St. Thomas to overcome.
Senior Derek Martin continued his incredible season, rushing for 208 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. The offensive line cleared the way with great games by seniors Peter Foreman and Paul De Ayala. Martin now has 1024 yards on the season. Seniors Jonathan Cohen and Eric Martin had their usual outstanding games on defense with juniors Cameron Arndt and Parker White playing great as well.
On alumni night, a night honoring former head coach Mike McConnell, STH was stunned as they were upset by the Houston Christian Mustangs, 23-21.
The Mustangs started off the night with an opening touchdown drive, taking up six minutes of the first quarter. The Eagles answered back by capitalizing on a dropped snap by the Mustang punter and Martin ran in the ball to bring the score to 7-7 with 11:56 left in the second.
Houston Christian kicked three second half field goals and the Eagles comeback effort came up short. The offense had a forgettable night, turning the ball over seven times in the game, including three killer turnovers in the fourth quarter which deflated any chances of winning.
The football team has lost two in a row but is not out of the playoffs. With games against Kelly and Pius coming up, the Eagles need to win to put themselves in a good position for the TAPPS playoffs.