BRYAN, Texas -- St. Joseph has the talent to put their best team on the field in years.
Nine players who made starts a year ago are back on offense, and six starters return on defense. Luke McClure is back at quarterback after a solid sophomore season, and the talent surrounding him should make his job even easier. Nicky Damon, Tres Todd, and Jamarkos Amos are all good, experienced backs and Ben Rios and Reuben Fernandes give McClure good targets at receiver. Three starters return on an experienced line in Michael Walker, Ben Simpson, and Matthew Krause.
Linebacker should be the strength of the defense, led by all-district selections Krause and Amos. Young players will have to step up and fill holes left to graduation on the defensive line. The secondary returns three starters.
The Eagles are poised to challenge the best in one of the best TAPPS districts in the state, but they have to play all three playoff teams from a year ago on the road: Sacred Heart, St. Paul (state champs), and Brazos Christian. The Eagles will have to upset one of the “big three” to get back to the playoffs.