By Jared Hoesel
The student section is one that is similar to the
“12th Man” at Texas A&M University.
The Eagles would not be the team they are
without the superb work from the student
section led by the Eagle Guard.
Since 2012 the Eagles have not lost a home
game mainly due in part to the student section.
Playing at Granger Stadium is similar to playing at Century Link Field, home of the Seahawks.
The Seahawks have only lost one game at home since 2012, largely thanks to the support their fans
bring and the atmosphere they create.
When asked about the excellent contribution that the student section has made senior Eagle Guard
Nick Borgman said that “I make the student section a pretty good home field advantage.”
The protectors of Tom Eagle lead the almighty St. Thomas student section with anything from t-shirt
cannons to the hoo-rah chants.
The Eagles football players love the hype that the student section provides for them while they are
battling on the gridiron.
When asked about the support they receive from the student section seniors Wendell Champion and
Jordan Lawrence gleamed with happiness while answering. “Sometimes I can’t even hear Coach
Fitzpatrick yelling at me because the student section is so loud,” Champion said.
“It really gives us a home field advantage,” Lawrence said. “The other offense cannot make play calls
because they cannot hear each other.”
When the other team is incapable of hearing play calls it leads to false starts, wrong routes, ill-advised
passes and a multitude of other things that helps our defense.
The student section definitely shows what school pride is all about.
Even though sometimes we do not have all of the students present it is always loud and crazy.
The players benefit from the added support that the students provide.
So every student needs to do everything they can to make it to the home games on Friday nights so
that the Eagles will have the home field advantage that they deserve.