Good football seasons come to an end, and that’s what happened to St. Thomas last weekend.
The Eagles fell 41-21 at the hands of Dallas Parish Episcopal last Saturday afternoon in a TAPPS Division I state semifinal at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The loss ended one of St. Thomas’ best seasons in recent years.
The Eagles (9-4) had a seven-game winning streak prior to the loss, and they went undefeated in TAPPS district play for the second consecutive year. The nine wins and state semifinal berth, the school’s best finish since the 2015 campaign, were both top marks under coach Rich McGuire.
A 10-play drive capped by Maddox Kopp’s scoring toss to Spencer Kryger late in the second quarter cut the Eagles’ deficit to 20-7 late in the first half, sparking some hope after a slow start. However, score by Parish Episcopal (11-1) with 4 seconds left in the half and a Kopp interception on the Eagles’ opening possession of the second half gave the momentum right back.
Junior tailback John Fontenot rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns during a late St. Thomas rally. But it was too little, too late.
The Eagles will lose stars such as Daniel Coco, leading tackler Cooper Thomas, sack leader Chidera Umeh as well as receivers Joshua Crissmon and Kryger to graduation, leaving some big shoes to fill. However, St. Thomas also will return a loaded core that includes Kopp, Fontenot, Drake Martinez and Cameron Bonner on offense and Cameron McCurry, Aidan O’Hare and second-leading tackler Vincent Lee on the defensive side.
Coco, Crissmon, McGuire, Thomas, Umeh and kicker Paul Langemeir were recognized for their seasons by the Touchdown Club of Houston at its eighth annual Private High School Awards Dinner on Dec. 4.