STHS Football-Johann Cardenas

St. Thomas High School running back Johann Cardenas, running with football, rushed for a touchdown in the Eagles' 52-50, triple-overtime loss against Dallas Bishop Lynch on Saturday in a TAPPS Division I regional playoff. (Photo from Twitter)

Only one high school in each division can hoist a TAPPS state championship trophy at the end of every football season. That honor will not be bestowed on any of the private school teams from the area this year.

St. Thomas and Lutheran High North, which were the last two local teams remaining in the playoffs, bowed out last weekend as their runs came to a an end. St. Thomas dropped a 52-50, triple overtime slugfest with Dallas Bishop Lynch in a TAPPS Division I regional game on Saturday, while Lutheran High North lost 42-7 against Sacred Heart Hallettsville in a Division IV matchup on Friday night.

St. Thomas finished the season with an 8-3 record, while Lutheran High North finished 1-7 with the playoff loss.

Quarterback Jake Wright was prolific as always for the Eagles in throwing five touchdown passes against Bishop Lynch, while three different Eagles’ receivers hauled in at least one scoring toss. Wright finished the season with 43 touchdown passes against one interception.

However, all of that firepower was not quite enough as St. Thomas was unable to hold multiple leads.

A missed field goal with just over 2 minutes left in regulation also proved key as it would have given the Eagles the lead. St. Thomas led 21-7 at halftime and 28-21 entering the fourth quarter, but was unable to hold off the Friars’ late charge.

Sophomore running back Johann Cardenas ran for a touchdown for the Eagles, while linebacker Zach Rocha recovered two fumbles to lead the defensive effort. Cameron Price also hauled in three touchdown passes, while Wright added a rushing score in overtime.

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