St. Thomas fans were on their feet when the Eagles stormed out of halftime and took a two-point lead. Unfortunately for them, it would be the last time they had anything to cheer for.
Bishop Lynch (6-5) scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to put away the host St. Thomas 42-23 in a TAPPS Division I area playoff game Saturday in Houston.
The win set up a regional playoff matchup this weekend in San Antonio against St. Joseph, which defeated Nolan Catholic on the same day.
The Friars held a 21-17 halftime lead on the strength of three Jaire Moore touchdown runs, but saw that lead quickly vanish when St. Thomas (5-6) took the kickoff and ran through the heart of the defense. Keion McGee blocked the PAT but the Eagles held a 23-21 lead – the last time St. Thomas would play from in front.
The Friars answered with a drive chewing more than nine minutes off the clock to take a 28-23 lead on Jarek Broussard's first of three scoring runs in the second half.
Broussard gave BL the lead for good with a 3-yard TD run, then sprinted 56 yards for a score early in the fourth and put the ribbon on the package with a 5-yard run with less than a minute to play.
The defense put the hammer down in the second half and finished the game with 12 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced turnovers.
In addition to his three touchdowns, Broussard accounted for 232 all-purpose yards (93 rushing, 93 return, 46 receiving). Moore rushed for a team-high 110 yards. Jagger LaRoe passed for 102 yards and rushed for 27 more.
The Friars will take on St. Joseph (9-2) on Saturday at Harlandale's Memorial Stadium in San Antonio. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Listen to the game live at http://bit.ly/livefriars.
TAPPS Division I Area Championship
Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. Thomas HS
BL 14 7 7 14 – 42
STH 10 7 6 0 – 23
STH – Jacob Manley 24-yard FG
STH – Parker Nelms 57-yard pass from Peyton Matocha (Manley kick)
BL – Moore 14-yard run (Garrett kick)
STH – Daniel Perkins 67-yard pass from Matocha (Manley kick)
BL – Moore 2-yard run (Garrett kick)
STH – Jaylon Davis 8-yard run (kick blocked)
BL – Jarek Broussard 3-yard run (Garrett kick)
BL – Broussard 56-yard run (Garrett kick)
BL – Broussard 5-yard run (Garrett kick)
Team Stats BL STH
1st Downs 19 15
Total Yards 368 341
Passing 102 163
C-A-I 9-14-1 9-17-1
Rushing 40-266 29-178
Penalties 13-104 6-53
Fumbles 0 1
Turnovers 1 2
BL – Jagger LaRoe 9-14-1-102.
STH – Peyton Matocha 9-17-1-163.
STH – Jaylon Davis 13-116, Ian Wheeler 9-47, Peyton Matocha 5-17, Seth Deitz 1-3, Parker Nelms 1-(-5).
STH – Daniel Perkins 1-67, Parker Nelms 2-57, Ross Brock 3-33, Seth Deitz 1-10, Jaylon Davis 2-(-4).