St. Thomas has already secured its most wins in a football season since 2015, but the Eagles are hungry for more as they pursue an elusive state title.
Using a high-flying offense, St. Thomas soared past Addison Trinity Christian 51-35 in a first-round matchup last Saturday afternoon at Eagles Stadium. It is the second time in three seasons under head coach Rich McGuire that the Eagles have advanced past the area round.
Quarterback Maddox Kopp shined in his first playoff start, throwing for 345 yards and four touchdowns without an interception against the Trojans’ defense. He also added 74 yards and two scores rushing to lead the Eagles’ attack.
On the receiving end of many of Kopp’s passes were Cameron Bonner (five catches, 101 yards) and Drake Martinez (113 yards, two touchdowns). It was the fifth 100-yard game of the season for Bonner, while Martinez cracked the century mark for the first time this year.
Cooper Thomas had 17 tackles to lead St. Thomas defensively, while Aidan O’Hare and Charlie Hanna each had interceptions.
St. Thomas (8-3) will face Dallas Bishop Lynch (5-6) in the TAPPS quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in Rusk. It will be the fifth time in seven years that the two schools meet in postseason play.
Below is last week’s playoff scoreboard for games involving area teams:
Memorial 20, Heights 9
Texas School for the Deaf 19, Lutheran High North 16
St. Thomas 51, Addison Trinity Christian 35
Midland Christian 46, St. Pius X 22