Just one week after being upset by the dismal Houston Christian Mustangs 23-21, the Eagle football team came out against Beaumont Kelly and dominated a must-win district game 34-7 Friday, Oct. 28 at Granger Stadium.
Sophomore Christopher Zook took the reigns at quarterback and led the Eagles to a playoff berth on Senior Night.
St. Thomas started the game motivated to avenge the loss to Kelly two weeks ago.
In his first series as Eagle quarterback, Zook galvanized the student section with a 64-yard touchdown run.
The rout continued for the rest of the game.
Zook ran in two more runs of 4 and 7 yards in the first half. The defense gave the Bulldog offense no room for positive gains, and the score stood 20-0 at the half.
Despite allowing a Bulldog touchdown after a questionable late hit call at the start of the second half, the Eagles did not let up and continued to command the game.
Zook had another touchdown run of 60 yards and added a 54-yard screen pass to senior Derek Martin.
“We really needed this win,” Zook said. “The offensive line deserves a lot of credit.”
Zook finished the night with 177 yards rushing, 144 yards passing and five total touchdowns.
After a much-needed win against Kelly, the Eagles had some momentum going into the last game of the regular season on the road against St. Pius X Friday, Nov. 4.
The Eagles completely demolished the Panthers, 42-13, to secure a first-round home playoff game and defeat Pius for the first time since 2005.
Big Red wrecked from the start with senior Miles Lerch picking off a Pius pass in the first play from scrimmage. The entire offensive line of juniors Alex Snyder and Alex DeAyala and seniors Paul DeAyala, Glen Wood and Peter Foreman bullied the Panther defense all night, clearing the way for Zook’s four touchdown runs and Martin’s single one. Lerch also had a 69-yard touchdown pass.
“We were all really pissed off with what our district record was,” Foreman said. “We decided to take our frustration out on Kelly and Pius.”
The turnovers caused by the Eagles deflated the Panthers, who showed a complete lack of character and self-destruction as they accumulated five personal fouls, including three on one drive.
St. Thomas has won two games in a row heading into the TAPPS playoffs to face a good Dallas Bishop Lynch team. The Friars are 6-4 and finished fifth place in the TAPPS 1-5A standings. The Friars also handed the first place Fort Worth Nolan team their only loss of the season.
Both teams are streaking into the playoffs. The keys to victory for the Eagles is to simply not turn the ball over. Everyone come out and support the Eagles as they begin the postseason at home this Friday.