For the third year in a row the Eagles football team has finished at the top of TAPPS District 3-5A and earned a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year.
The Eagles finished undefeated in district and are primed for a playoff run they have been waiting for since November of last year.
“The regular season was awesome. We had some really good wins in a tough schedule,” senior Carson Storie said. “We beat good teams in Kinkaid and Episcopal, we had a tough loss against Angleton but it was a good experience, getting that loss out of the way, fixing our mistakes and building on it. Of course it was a great way to end the season with the win over Pius and the district championship.”
This year, with the TAPPS realignment, each district champion has received a first round bye into the quarter finals. The Eagles will join Bishop Dunne and Antonian Prep as the respective champions, all who finished with a 9-1 record. For the Eagles this means they start their playoff run where they have been eliminated in the last two seasons.
“The bye week certainly helped us. We had three or four starters who were out sick. And trying to play a game with those circumstances is definitely not beneficial. Hopefully our kids are rested and healed up and ready to go try and win our nineteenth in a row at home.”
-Tim Fitzpatrick Head Football Coach
With the defending champions Ft. Worth Nolan not reaching the playoffs, TAPPS will have a new champion for the first time in three years. The loss to Nolan last season is still sour in the tongues of everyone on the football team. This coming Saturday will give them the opportunity to rid it from their mouths. With St. Pius and Tomball Concordia already eliminated, the Eagles are left as the lone Houston football team in the playoffs.
A bracket dominated by six teams from the Dallas district. For the Eagles, this means their road to state begins against Argyle Liberty Christian.
“They’ve got a lot of speed on both sides of the ball, pretty physical kids and they expect to win,” Fitzpatrick said. “They feel like they beat Tomball Concordia more than we did so if you look at it logically that way they feel like they have the upper hand. But they have to travel and they have to play here at St. Thomas.”
The Eagles are confident they can score on any team in Texas, and their defense has proven they can keep up with any offense they face. Storie and junior Peyton Ross have proven themselves to have an eye for the ball with five interceptions total, including two pick sixes.
Junior Michael Keating has taken complete advantage of the addition of junior transfer Landon Malouf, completing six touchdown passes to the wide-out. The defense is stout and the offense is clicking: the Eagles are thirsty for their chance at glory.