Due to the consequences and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Eagle Football has reset its schedule and will open the season Friday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. against TAPPS UIL Division II Cedar Hill Trinity Christian at Hotze Field inside Granger Stadium.
Previously scheduled games with The Kinkaid School, Strake Jesuit and College Station were cancelled.
Friday marks the St. Thomas coaching debut of former Eagle defensive coordinator Rich McGuire, returning to the program after one season as a defensive assistant at Katy Taylor where the Mustangs won nine games and advanced to the area round of the UIL 6A Division II playoffs.
He previously was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Klein Forest for seven seasons and the head coach at Bartlesville High School (OK) from 1997-2004.
McGuire brings a clear message of how to match the program’s competitive desires with 2017 realities, beginning with “a culture of accountability where the bedrock is built on hard work and hugs. What kids need is a fair and consistently high standard set by someone who advocates for them and holds them to that standard.”
“We should be playing for or winning a state championship in two of the next five years,” McGuire said. “That’s the goal. If you don’t have that mentality, then why do it.”
Former Texas A&M record-setting quarterback Jerrod Johnson is the new Eagle assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, having served as a part-time coach to Eagle Football for the previous two seasons, including a stat-stuffing 2015 season when the offense averaged more than 37 points per game and generated more than 5,000 yards of total offense in 12 games.
The Eagles will rely on a returning talent core that includes tackle and University of Houston commit Max Banes ‘18 (6’5” 305) … versatile game-changing running backs Parker Nelms ‘18 and Ian Wheeler ‘19 … and fast-rising quarterback Peyton Matocha ‘19 who returns after starting 11 games as a sophomore
Trinity Christian is undefeated through two games, defeating the Episcopal School of Dallas 38-14 and Grapevine Faith Christian 35-14.
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