Hometown Heroes: St. Joseph Eagles

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BRYAN, Texas -- The Eagles welcome back five starters on offense and nine starters on defense as they look to get back to the playoffs in 2016. They also have a new head coach in Bill Hoppers, a long time defensive coordinator in the area who most recently helped Navasota win a pair of state championships. He heads into his 52nd season of coaching football in 2016. The offense hopes to get things going after a subpar 2015 that saw the Eagles get shut out three times. Alexander said, “John Najvar will man the quarterback position. We are expecting a break-out season from him after an injury-filled sophomore campaign. We will look for good production at the receiver spot from Logan Lipscomb after a very successful sophomore season. Nick DiMarco and Josh Saldua will be the two new primary ball carriers from their RB/slot positions.” While the Eagles aren’t big, Alexander says they are fast. “We have speed at every position. To be successful this season, we need to improve our conditioning and depth.” The St. Joseph defense could be much improved after giving up an average of just under 33 points-per- game a year ago. Alexander said, “Nick Adam is a very talented rush end that can really cause havoc in the back field. The linebacking corps will be solid with seniors Ryan Ernst and Cameron Cooper plugging up the middle, along with assistance from junior Cristian Olvera. DiMarco and Saldua will anchor the secondary that will need some young guys to step up and fill some holes.” The Eagles open at home against Texas Wind, but then play their next four games on the road before opening district play against Marble Falls Faith. The Eagles get three of five district games at home this season, including the season finale against rival Brazos Christian. “We moved from the Houston district with this past realignment, but we're still in another strong district. Waco Reicher, TSD and Brazos Christian will always be tough games,” Alexander said.