Dominating a district is no easy task.
District champions is not a title that is easily earned. The Eagles are hungrily searching for their third district championship title in a row and the road to success will not be easy. With some teams in the TAPPS 5A that are decent and others that are not the best, some may think that there is a good chance of achieving the title.
An outstanding win against Pope John XXIII and Beaumont Kelly started off their district opening games with success giving them a record of 2-0. The Eagle offense put up 40 points against Pope John while the defense shut them out not allowing a single touchdown. Their first couple wins in district will hopefully foreshadow their future and ultimately put them on the path to success.
Against Beaumont Kelly, the offense put up 56 points and only giving up one touchdown. The Kelly touchdown came about after the starters on defense had been taken out and were replaced with the JV. St. Thomas’ success has been no fluke. By taking a deeper and in depth look into the team’s players, one would find that St. Thomas is stacked on both sides of the ball.
Starting with the offense, coach Keith Page does an excellent job diversifying the play calls and have coached the skill players well. With college prospects on the offensive side, it is hard to not notice the amount of talent and potential they have.
“It is hard waking up every morning knowing that you are the greatest team, but to be a part of a team that is full of talent like us, I have to work harder,” senior Landon Malouf said. “I am blessed in having the ability to direct my individual accomplishments toward my organizational objective, which is a state championship.” Not only does the offense have future college players, but the defense as well. The Eagle defense, coached by Tim Fitzpatrick and Rich McGuire, has a ferocious front seven and a mean linebacker crew.
“It’s like playing with the legion of boom on the Seahawks or playing with the Landsharks in Ole Miss. Our defense has definitely grown closer together considering that most of us are seniors. We are looking forward to the rest of our season as well.”
-Peyton Ross, senior
The Eagle’s next opponent, St. Pius X, will be another tough match up, especially since the game will be at home and they run a tricky offense. The plan for St. Pius X will be no different. The offense looks to put up another huge night and the defense is hungrily waiting to shut out their opponent. With a multitude of seniors on both sides of the ball, their fight towards success will only be greater. This squad is not to be messed with and they has most definitely proved themselves.
Last year, the seniors ended up falling to Plano Prestonwood. The year before that, as sophomores, the seniors fell to Fort Worth Nolan. This year the Eagles will pursue through their struggles and power forward through their opponents.
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