Lutheran High North lost its bid for an undefeated season Oct. 11, when it suffered a blowout loss at the hands of Woodlands Christian Academy.
But the Lions didn’t dwell on the loss. The next time they took the field, last Friday night against Northland Christian, they posted a wire-to-wire, 52-6 victory to improve their record to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in TAPPS district play.
Owen Poole was prolific for LHN once again, throwing for 347 yards and five touchdowns in the win. It was his second 300-yard performance in the last three weeks and the second time he’s thrown at least five touchdown passes in a game this season.
Four different receivers hauled in scoring tosses from Poole, with Xavier Neal (162 yards, two touchdowns) leading the way. William Harris made his team-leading 10th TD reception of the season while finishing with 88 receiving yards.
Neal shined on the defensive side of the ball as well, tallying eight tackles and picking off two passes while deflecting three others. Linebacker Robert Alston recovered three fumbles to go along with 12 tackles and a sack as the Lions stifled the Cougars.
Fontenot shines as Eagles soar to district lead
After a two-game losing streak to begin the season, coach Rich McGuire and St. Thomas have reeled off six wins in their last seven games, including last Friday’s 21-19 victory over San Antonio Central Catholic. The win improved the Eagles to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in TAPPS District 3 play, giving them a two-game lead over Central Catholic and San Antonio Antonian Prep.
The star of the night was running back John Fontenot, who carried the load with 215 yards and two scores on the ground for the Eagles. He leads St. Thomas with 587 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, Cooper Thomas was all over the field (16 tackles, two tackles for loss), while Charlie Hannah racked up 11 tackles, including his first sack of the season. Daniel Coco also had five tackles while nabbing his team-leading fifth interception of the season.
Last Week’s Area Scores
Lutheran High North 52, Northland Christian 6
St. Thomas 21, SA Central Catholic 19
Sweeny 60, Scarborough 0
Waltrip 20, Madison 14