Over the course of the St. Thomas football season thus far, the Eagles have faced a variety of highly ranked competition in preparation for their district schedule.
With schools like Episcopal, College Station, and West Brook in the state of Texas, there has been legitimate competition in the first part of the season. Episcopal High School will likely finish the season in the top 25 nationally and will certainly run the table.
Such success is a product of their talent-loaded roster, with Marvin Wilson, Walker Little, Jaylen Waddle, and Gavin Geib, a University of Pennsylvania commit, leading the team as senior leaders. Another opponent, College Station High School, has maintained a perfect record in a tough 5A division.
College Station has not only maintained a perfect record, they have dominated their opponents. Similar to College Station, West Brook has dominated their opponents previous to playing St. Thomas. Despite starting the season 1-4 as a result of these tough games, the St. Thomas football team will be prepared for their district schedule this season.
By competing against schools with such a high level of talent, the Eagle football team are better prepared for their district schedule against teams such as Beaumont Kelly, Concordia Lutheran, and St. Pius.
Beaumont Kelly and Concordia Lutheran lack the talent of the teams the Eagles faced earlier in the season, however, St. Pius will most likely provide the Eagles with their best game in district as the Panther team is full of talent with quarterback Grant Gunnell and plenty of speed at the wide receiver position.
Gunnell, who holds six division one offers as a sophomore, will certainly prove to be a challenge to the St. Thomas secondary. Fans will see if scheduling a difficult non district schedule will prepare the St. Thomas football team for their district games and the upcoming TAPPS playoffs.