Friday, August 21, Eagle football picked up a win in its season opener against Kinkaid on Hotze Field at Granger Stadium.
A hard fought 27-20 victory against the defending SPC champion Falcons puts the Eagles at 3-0 in their current series against the Kinkaid Falcons. Offensively, the dominating combination of the air and ground game kept the Kinkaid defense on their heels for most of the contest.
Starting sophomore quarterback Peyton Matocha was 10 of 15 for 157 passing yards and 2 TDs with one interception and 7 rushes for 29 yards and one TD on the ground in a memorable debut at the helm of the offense.
“We’ve got some really big guys blocking for us.”
-Peyton Matocha ’19, starting quarterback
Defensively the Eagles kept Kinkaid to 20 points, but allowed over 150 rushing yards and 150 passing yards yet kept the Kinkaid passing game below 50%.
Despite having success defensively, there were still mistakes made by the defense. Head Coach Tim Fitzpatrick said the improvements on defense need to come in the form of “alignment and assignment.”
The player of the game would have to go to senior Daniel Perkins who had 3 receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown. Yet his biggest contribution came on special teams with 4 big onside recoveries against, arguably, one of the best high school onside kickers in the nation, Hayden Rome, who successfully kicked (and recovered) 12 onside kicks last season.
Player of the game Daniel Perkins put in much preparation for Kinkaid’s special teams. Daniel Perkins gave all the credit for this success to Coach Liggit who in his words “prepared me all week” and when it came down to it he “just went out and made a play.” An all in all and successful first game for the St. Thomas Eagles.