St. Thomas More has made it a custom to be practicing during the holiday season.
“We always know if we’re practicing during a school holiday, then we had a good season," said Head Coach Jim High Tower."Usually, it’s the Thanksgiving holiday and not the Christmas Holiday. So this is different.”
The year 2020 has changed how things look from the bleachers to the field, but ironically the Division II championship matchup won't.
Last year the Cavaliers traveled to Cougar Stadium and were no match for the top-seeded Cougars offense led by record-setting quarterback Caleb Holstein.
STM recorded four touchdown passes in the first half from Holstein, building a 37-3 lead by the end of the first half.
“That was an unusual set of events. You know we played a perfect first half. Caught them on their heels a little bit. I’m sure they’re going to be a much different challenge than they were last year," said Hightower.
“With the defensive end and running back coming back, both committed to UL, they should definitely come out fired up," said senior defensive end Jaxon Moncla. "Especially from last year. They are coming for revenge. We know that. We’re just trying to prepare as best as possible.”
The Cavaliers have 16 seniors on the hunt for the first state championship in program history.
On the other side, the Cougars could win a state championship with an undefeated record, also a first in program history.
That game will be played at Turpin Stadium Monday. Kick-off set for 7:30 pm.