St. Joseph welcomes long-time assistant Kyle Alexander as the new head coach of the Eagles. He replaces Blake Evans, who moves to the Athletic Director role at the school and went 22-30 in six years as head coach. The cupboard is far from bare for Alexander, as the Eagles return five starters on offense and another six on defense.
Quarterback Luke McClure will be counted on even more this season after the Eagles graduated some key weapons to their offensive suc-cess in 2013. “We feel we can count on leadership from Luke, who is a four-year starter at quarterback,” said Alexan-der.
McClure will have veteran receiver Ruben Fernandes to throw to, and three returning starters on the offensive line. Other skill position spots are up for grabs. “We will have a young and inexperienced group that must gel together for us to be successful,” said Alexander. “Speed should not be an issue, as the two projected running backs, De’Un-tae Damon and Hunter Batten, were both members of relay teams that qualified for the state meet in track as freshmen.”
The Eagles 3-4 defense will be led by Damon at linebacker and defensive tackle Quentin Casarez. Alexander said, “We will play an aggressive style and fly to the football.” St. Joseph is in what looks to be a difficult district with rival and state runner-up Brazos Christian and the Bay Area Christian squad that eliminated them a year ago in the quarterfinals.
“We expect to contend for a playoff spot,” said Alexander. “If we get out of district, we have the capabilities to make a deep playoff run.”
8/29 @ Temple Central Texas Christian
9/5 Shiner St. Paul
9/19 @ Schertz John Paul II
9/26 Magnolia Legacy Prep*
10/3 @ The Woodlands Christian*
10/10 Houston Lutheran North*
10/17 @ Tomball Rosehill Christian*
10/24 Beaumont Legacy Christian*
10/31 @ Bay Area Christian*
11/7 Brazos Christian*
* - District Game