The St. Thomas Eagles’ recent run under head coach Rich McGuire has left little doubt that they’re a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
They haven’t slowed down this season and have mowed down most opponents in their path en route to another district title.
Last Friday night, Oct. 30, the Eagles won their fifth consecutive game in defeating area rival St. Pius X 49-21 on senior night. The win clinched St. Thomas’ third straight TAPPS Division I District 2 championship and gave the Eagles (5-2, 5-0 district) a first-round bye in the playoffs for the seventh time in nine years.
Senior John Fontenot was prolific once again, with 181 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. The Eagles also got another strong performance from Maddox Kopp (347 passing yards, three touchdowns) as they scored 42 unanswered points between the second and third quarters to put the game away.
Cameron Price had 142 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Peter Corbett had his first interception of the season to help the Eagles’ defensive effort.
Lutheran High North is also riding high this week after its fourth consecutive win, a 40-14 victory over Bay Area Christian last week that ran the Lions’ record to 4-2 on the season.
Zach Menefee was the star of the game offensively for LHN with 187 yards rushing and a career-high four touchdowns, while Xavier Neal had 90 receiving yards and a score as the Lions pulled away with a 21-point fourth quarter.
In public school action, the Heights Bulldogs were the lone area team to emerge victorious last week with a 40-7 win over Westside. It’s the second straight win for Heights (3-1, 3-0 district), which now sits atop District 18-6A along with Lamar.
Despite lacking offensive punch as much of the season, the Bulldogs blew out the Wolves with a strong defensive effort and opportunistic offense.
Jalen Morrison accounted for 143 total yards and four scores, while Keyondrick Douglas had 138 all-purpose yards, including a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
David Nico had eight tackles to the lead the Bulldogs, while Darius Cleveland disrupted the Wolves’ offense with a career-high four sacks.
Waltrip and Scarborough each fell to 0-5 with losses last week. The Rams lost 46-14 against Sterling, while Scarborough forfeited its game against Kashmere. Booker T. Washington dropped to 1-4 on the season with a 30-0 loss against Worthing.
A rundown of last week’s scores and this week’s games involving area teams is below:
Last Week’s Scores
Heights 40, Westside 7
St. Thomas 49, St. Pius X 21
Lutheran High North 40, Bay Area Christian 14
Sterling 46, Waltrip 14
Worthing 30, Washington 0
Kashmere def. Scarborough, by forfeit
This Week’s Games
Washington vs. Yates, 7 p.m. (Barnett Stadium)
Scarborough vs. Furr, 7 p.m. (Barnett Jr. Stadium)
Lutheran High North at Prince of Peace Lutheran, 6 p.m.
St. Pius X vs. San Antonio Christian, 7 p.m.
St. Thomas at Beaumont Kelly, 7 p.m.
Waltrip at Madison, 6 p.m. (Cowart Stadium)