FALCONS 10-2, 6-0
District 7-2A Champs
Northlake 9-3, 4-2
Springfield 9-3, 4-2
Pine 6-5, 3-3
Saint Helena 3-8, 3-3
Hannan 1-10, 1-5
PJP II 1-10, 0-6
Northlake 11-1, 7-0
FALCONS 9-3, 6-1
Hannan 10-2, 5-2
Springfield 6-6, 3-4
PJP II 6-6, 3-4
Pine 4-6, 2-6
Saint Helena 2-8, 2-5
Mt. Herman 0-10, 0-7
2012 District 8-2A
Pope John Paul II 1-4
Saint Helena 0-5
2012 Season Records
Pope John Paul II 3-6
Saint Helena 2-7
2011 Season Records
Pope John Paul II 9-3
Saint Helena 1-9
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Rebels outgun Falcons in season opener.
Falcons match scores with Rebels early but Riverside pulls away in the second half.
by Jim Henderson, FalconSports Staff Writer
HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcon Football Team suffered a home loss to the Riverside Academy Rebels 55-18 in regular season opener for both teams played at Pete Valenti Field.
The Rebels, who entered the contest ranked No. 6 in the latest Class 1A football poll, built a 21-12 first quarter lead and then led 28-12 at the half. The Falcons cut the deficit to 28-18 in the third quarter, but Riverside answered by outscoring with three consecutive touchdowns in the period to make it 49-18 entering the fourth quarter. The Rebels added scored their last touchdown in the fourth period to make the final score 55-18.
“What a great team to get this kind of learning experience,” said STA coach Shane Mulhern. “Riverside is a complete football team. We had a lot of opportunities from this game to see where we need to grow, where we need guys to step up and the way we need to plan and prepare better to win against these kind of football teams like Riverside.”
The Rebels began their scoring barrage on their opening possession. Riverside marched 58-yards in five plays for the score. The drive ended with a one- yard touchdown run by Martrell Henry Jr. to give Riverside a 7-0 lead with 10:22 left in the first quarter. Saint Thomas responded when Cace Reed ran in on a 42-yard scamper culminating a four-play 63-yard drive. The PAT by Jonathan Bickford was blocked by the Rebels leaving the score 7-6 with 8:31 remaining.
Riverside had a 31-yard kickoff return by Kenric Johnson setting up the Rebels' next drive at their own 49-yard line. Four plays later, Riverside capitalized on field position marching 51 yards in four plays for the score. The drive ended with Martrell Henry Jr. scoring his second TD of the game on a nine yard run. Craig Matt added the PAT to make it 14-6 with 6:46 left in the period.
Cace Reed of the Falcons returned the ensuing kickoff 34-yards to the Rebel 44 giving STA field position on its next possession. Three plays later Saint Thomas scored when running back Kohen Rowbatham went in on a one-yard plunge. The two-point conversion failed and the Falcons trailed 14-12 with 5:55 left.
Riverside mounted a seven-play, 71-yard drive that ended when quarterback Brock Bourgeois found Brennan Maus on a 25-yard touchdown pass play. Matt kicked the PAT to give the Rebels a 21-12 lead with 1:31 remain in in the first quarter. The scoring drive covered 71 yards in seven plays.
Following a STA punt, the Rebels extended its lead in the opening moments of the second period. Riverside mounted a five-play, 73-yard drive that culminated with a 82-yard touchdown pass touchdown pass from Bourgeois to Johnson. Matt added the PAT to make it 28-12 with 9:41 left in the first half.
Saint Thomas tried to answer on its next possession. The Falcons put together a 11-play drive that reached the Riverside 20-yard line. But the drive stalled when Reed was stopped short of first down yardage on a fourth-and-4 situation.
Saint Thomas regained possession following a short punt attempt by Riverside giving the Falcons the football at their own 45. The Falcons reached the Riverside 40 before being forced to kick a field by Bickford that came up short.
In the third quarter, the Falcons managed to put together a eight-play, 76-yard drive that ended with Reed scoring on a five yard touchdown run. Quarterback Justin Domiano failed to score the two-point conversion and Saint Thomas trailed 28-18 with 7:33 left in the period. Highlighting the drive was a 51-yard run by running back Kendrell Perry that moved the ball down to the Rebel six yard line.
Riverside waisted no time in matching the score marching 52-yards in three plays when Dedric Lastie went up the middle for a 51-yard touchdown run. Matt booted the PAT to make it 35-18 with 6:29 left in the quarter.
Domiano fumbled the snap from center on the Falcons' next possession and Riverside recovered it at the Saint Thomas 44. The Rebels took advantage scoring four plays later on a 18-yard touchdown run by Lastie. Matt kicked the PAT to give Riverside a 42-18 lead with 3:46 left.
Following a Saint Thomas punt, the Rebels took possession at their own 35. Three plays later, Lastie took a pitch and rambled 47-yards for a Riverside touchdown. Matt kicked the PAT and Saint Thomas trailed 49-18 with 1:32 remaining in the period.
Saint Thomas turned the ball over on downs on its next possession. Domiano threw incomplete to Clifton Bonds on a fourth down play. Riverside took over at its own 34 and engineered a six-play drive that covered 66 yards that ended with a Lastie one yard touchdown run. Matt added the PAT to make the final score 55-18.
“I thought we did some tremendous things against a tremendous opponent,” said Malhern. “I’m not worried about our performance. We have a lot to build on this. Our guys are 100% built for this level of competition and they will be ready and prepared against a caliber opponent like Episcopal next week.”
Riverside had former Saint Thomas head coach John White on the sidelines as an assistant coach. It marked the first time he returned to Valenti Field after leading the Falcons to the 2015 State semifinals. “It feels good. It’s a great place," said White. “We had some good times here with great people, coaches and players.”
“Two good clubs tonight facing off,” White said. “Saint Thomas has got some great weapons, unfortunately, they got a little tired tonight.”
The Falcons will begin a three-game road trip starting off with Episcopal in Baton Rouge. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Falcons impress in Jamboree with 28-19 win over Sumner.
Senior Cace Reed delivers a hat trick scoring three touchdowns.
by Jim Henderson, FalconSports Staff Writer
HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons put on their rally helmets to outscored the Jewel Sumner Cowboys 28-19 in the Loranger Jamboree played at Rusty Chambers Memorial Stadium. The Falcons rallied three times to secure the win being led by Cace Reed who scored three touchdowns and blocked a point after attempt and had two pass interceptions on defense that stopped Sumner scoring threats. The win was also the first for new coach Shane Mulhern, who previously came from Saint Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Ms. where he was the defensive coordinator.
“We showed some resilience with our culture,” said STA coach Shane Mulhern. “We showed a group of young men that found a way to win. That Jewel Sumner football team is an unbelievable team and are well coached. There are some things we gotta tighten up fundamentally and defensively, but overall I’m proud of how our kids played. They played with a lot of courage and heart.”
The contest was played with two 12-minute halves. The Falcons punted the football on their opening possession. Sumner took over on its own 37-yard line and marched 63-yards in seven plays culminating the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Brooks. Cace Reed of the Falcons blocked the PAT attempt leaving the score 6-0 with 7:35 remaining in the first half.
Saint Thomas answered the touchdown score quickly when Reed returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards straight up the middle of the field for a Falcon touchdown. Jonathan Bickford added the PAT to give the Falcons a 7-6 lead.
The Falcon defense forced a turnover when a Sumner running back coughed up the football and Clifton Bonds of the Falcons recovered it at the STA 44.
Saint Thomas failed to capitalize on the miscue turning the ball over on downs at midfield. On the very next play, Sumner’s Brooks broke loose and scampered 49-yards for a touchdown. The PAT was successful giving the Cowboys a 13-7 advantage with 2:44 left to play in the half.
Kaiden Dennis of the Falcons returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards before being pushed out-of-bounds at the Cowboy 17. Five plays later, Saint Thomas moved ahead when quarterback Justin Domiano snuck across on a one-yard sneak for a touchdown. Bickford booted the PAT to make it 14-13 at the half.
The Cowboys took the second half kickoff and engineered a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown run by Brooks. The two-point conversion try failed but Sumner regained the lead 19-14 with 5:49 remaining to play.
Dennis returned the ensuing kickoff 27 yards giving the Falcons field position at their own 47. Five plays later, the Falcons scored when Reed went off-tackle for a 23-yard touchdown score. Bickford kicked the PAT to give Saint Thomas a 21-19 lead with 3:35 left. Highlighting the drive was Reed gaining 17 yards on a handoff to the left side of the field putting the ball at the Cowboy 36.
Sumner appeared to put together a scoring threat marching down to the Falcon 45, but Sumner quarterback Ke’Maury Warren threw an interception when Reed stepped in front of the intended receiver and he raced 53-yards for a touchdown. Bickford delivered the PAT to give STA a 28-19 lead with 1:13 remaining.
Reed would get his second interception on Sumner's next possession at the Falcon 29 to clinch the victory with less than a minute left to play.
“We have a great group of seniors with the culture we're trying to build,” Mulhern said. “They are multi-sport kids and very competitive. Reed is awesome. He is special with how he competes. He is a playmaker with elite speed.”
Saint Thomas will begin regular season play Friday hosting perennial powerhouse Riverside Academy followed by road games to Episcopal, Ponchatoula and Loranger. “Our preparation and commitment to excellence will certainly be tested early,” Mulhern added. “These next few games are very tough opponents. It will be a test for our culture.”
New look Falcons scrimmage on the big stage.
Falcons end spring drills with Maroon and White Intrasquad scrimmage at Strawberry Stadium.
by Jim Henderson, FalconSports Staff Writer
HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcon football team concluded Spring drills with a intra-squad scrimmage played at SLU’s Strawberry Stadium. The Falcons displayed a variety of new offensive and defensive schemes, a new coaching staff and a new head coach.
With the departure of former STA coach Randell Legette in 2022, Falcon Football is now under the direction of new head coach Shane Mulhern whose goal this Spring was to bring development to his program. “This was a great opportunity to see our guys in action under a new coaching staff, new program, new numbers and a new offense and defense,” said Mulhern.
The Maroon team held off the White team by a 14-12 margin. There were no punts or kickoffs permitted and each team started their offense on their own 30-yard line. The contest had two 12:00 minute halves in the timed session of the scrimmage. The White team began the scrimmage going four-and-out after failing to pick-up first down yardage.
The Marroon Team took over on downs at the White 35-yard line and took advantage of field position scoring in seven plays on a 17-yard touchdown run on a pitch to running back Kendrell Perry. Quarterback Justin Domiano ran in for the two-point conversion score to make it 8-0 with 4:01 left in the first half of play.
The White Team was intercepted on its next possession when Cayden Cuti stepped in front of the intended receiver and returned the football to the 25-yard line. The Maroon Team took advantage of the
turnover scoring five plays later on a 15-yard scamper by Perry. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 14-0 with 10:25 left to play in the second half.
The White Team coughed up the football on its next series after crossing mid-field on a five-play drive. Chad Cusimano recovered the fumble giving the Maroon Team the football at the White Team 45. The Maroon Team drove down to the White Team 20-yard line. Highlighting the drive was a 33-yard run by running back Cricket Bonds that put the football at the 25. A 15-yard run by running back Josh Carbello put the ball at the White Team 11. However, the White Team forced the Maroon Team to turn the ball over on downs ending a scoring threat.
The White Team scored two plays later when wingback Cace Reed broke loose and jetted 85-yards out racing the Maroon defense for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 14-6 with less then a minute to play. The White Team had one more possession starting at their own 40. Two plays later, Reed took a pitch and scored on a 37-yard touchdown run with no time left to play. The two-point conversion score failed when running back Deshad Sheridan was stopped short of the goal line sealing the 14-12 win for the Maroon Team.
“We needed to master the bases of our offense that’s going to give us something to build off of this summer,”Mulhern said.“"With both teams we are very blessed this year to be able to put together a intra-squad scrimmage and achieved quality work and that’s more experience that I can ever ask for from these players.”
“We got a lot of believers of what we’re doing with this program,” added Mulhern. “We're blessed to have the support to be able to use this facility at Southeastern right now at this point of our spring season.”
Mulhern, who welcomed out 45 players to spring drills, will have his team busy this Summer. “We are going to do a mixture of things to prepare our guys for the fall. The primary focus is going to be development. We need to make sure that we are progressing with our players so they can be the best be individually. We will have two guys participating in the Manning Passing Academy. I know that we will be doing some 7-on-7 camps and stuff like that but the primary focus is going to be player development.”
Senior Cace Reed was pleased on how the scrimmage went. “I thought the scrimmage went very well,” Reed said. “We had a little up and downs with our plays, but once we get everything done, I think we should be very good and will be ready for the fall. We have a new coaching staff, new players, but when we all come together everything is going to be fine.”
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Pope John Paul II 62
Pearl River 49
District 10-2A 2023
Northlake 4-0, 0-0
Springfield 3-1, 0-0
Pope John Paul 2-2, 0-0
FALCONS 1-3, 0-0
Independence 0-4, 0-0
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District 10-2A 2022
Northlake 7-3, 4-1
Saint Helena 5-5, 4-1
FALCONS 3-7, 3-2
Pope John Paul 4-6, 2-3
Independence 2-8, 2-3
Springfield 3-7, 0-5
District 10-2A 2021
FALCONS 8-2, 3-0
Springfield 4-6, 2-1
PJP II 4-5, 1-2
Northlake 1-8, 0-3
District 10-2A 2020
FALCONS 5-2, 2-0
Northlake 3-5, 1-1
Springfield 2-3, 0-0
PJP II 1-5, 0-2
District 10-2A 2019
FALCONS 5-6, 3-0
Northlake 5-6, 2-1
Springfield 4-6, 1-2
PJP II -1-8-1, 0-3
District 8-2A 2018
Amite 10-1, 7-0
St. Helena 9-2, 6-1
Pine 7-4, 4-2
FALCONS 5-6, 4-3
Independence 4-7, 3-4
Springfield 3-8, 1-5
Northlake 2-9, 2-5
PJP II 2-9, 0-7
District 8-2A 2017
Amite 10-1, 5-1
St. Helena 9-2, 6-1
FALCONS 7-5 5-3
Pine 7-5, 4-3
Independence 6-5, 4-3
Northlake 3-8, 2-5
PJP II 2-9, 1-6
Springfield 2-9, 0-7
District Standings 2016
Saint Helena 9-1, 6-0
Northlake 7-3, 3-3
Pine 6-3, 3-3
FALCONS 3-7, 3-3
PJP II 4-6, 3-3
Hannan 4-6, 2-4
Springfield 1-9, 0-6
FALCONS 14-1, 6-0
District 7-2A Champs
Saint Helena 7-5, 4-2
Northlake 7-4, 4-2
Hannan 7-4, 4-2
Pine 2-8, 2-4
PJP II 1-9, 1-5
Springfield 2-9, 0-6