COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
WEEK TWO – HOTZE FIELD INSIDE GRANGER STADIUM
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Eagles (0-1) host Needville (1-0) September 6 at 7:00 p.m. in their 2019 home debut aiming for first St. Thomas victory of the season.
LAST TIME OUT
Maddox Kopp ‘21 threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns in his first varsity start but Eagle Football was unable to overcome a sluggish second half in a 28-17 season-opening defeat at Strake Jesuit.
Kopp connected with Josh Crissmon ‘20 for a diving 28-yard grab on the first St. Thomas possession that ended with a 38-yard field goal from Paul Langemeier ‘20 for the initial points of the season.
Trailing 7-3 the Eagles needed only three plays on the next series to retake the lead. Kopp and Cameron Bonner ‘21 tag teamed to split the seams and burn single coverage on a 57-yard catch and run to push the count to 10-7 with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Crissmon closed out the Eagle scoring in the fourth quarter. He took a short toss from Kopp in the right flat and cutback with balance into the end zone for the final margin.
Linebacker Cooper Thomas ‘20 (Columbia University) was a one-man wrecking crew taking part in 20 tackles. Receiver Drake Martinez ‘21 added five receptions for 60 yards.
Needville racked more than 400 total yards and 32 first quarter points in a 51-7 victory over Sam Houston.
WEEK ONE || FIRST HALF
WEEK TWO || SECOND HALF
The 2018 season opener provided a full frontal Eagle attack behind 573 total yards and six touchdowns from quarterback Peyton Matocha ‘19 (University of Miami) in the first-ever encounter between the two programs.
Eagle Football travels to The Kinkaid School September 13. The inner city private school programs will meet for the fifth time in six years. The series was interrupted in 2017 by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Eagle Football posted three consecutive season-opening knocks over the Falcons by a combined margin of 109-51 before Matocha’s 2018 onslaught of 489 total yards and eight touchdowns.
In 2016, St. Thomas trailed 10-0 in the first half then seized control of the game with 27 straight points to secure their 27th straight win at home and their fifth consecutive season-opening victory.
Eagle Fight Never Dies!