Tartan takes another crack at beating St. Thomas Academy

The Tartan High School football team heads out on the road in week seven looking to snap a long losing streak. The Titans square off with St. Thomas Academy on Oct. 14 and are searching for their first win over the Cadets in more than 10 years.

St. Thomas Academy has won the last nine meetings between the two longtime conference/district foes.

Tartan last beat St. Thomas Academy in football in week two of the 2005 season. The Titans won the game at St. Thomas Academy 21-7 and went on to finish the regular season 5-3.

A win over St. Thomas Academy this week could also be a springboard to a winning record, something the Titans last accomplished in 2013.

St. Thomas Academy, which advanced to the Prep Bowl in 2015, is struggling a bit this season. Through five games, the Cadets were below .500 (2-3) and you can count on one hand the number of times St. Thomas Academy played a game while in possession of a losing record in the 10 years prior to this season.

All three of St. Thomas Academy’s losses came against the top three teams in the East Metro Red District standings. The Cadets opened the season with a loss to Mahtomedi, fell to Park-Cottage Grove in week three and lost to South St. Paul in week five.

St. Thomas Academy played at Hastings in week six, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Through five games, Tartan had already tripled its win total from a year ago. The Titans picked up victory No. 3 on Sept. 30 by edging Simley 21-20. Tartan trailed the Spartans by 13 heading to the fourth quarter but came up with a pair of touchdowns to pull out the win. 

The rally started with David Larson’s one-yard touchdown run and continued when Damien Goergen scored from two-yards out later in the fourth. Both scores were followed by successful extra-point tries by Tristan Weaver, whose kick following Goergen’s touchdown was the tie-breaking point.

Simley, trying to grab the victory on its homecoming, jumped out to a 13-0 lead on an 18-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 19-yard touchdown pass in the second.

Tartan answered later in the second when Marco Hernandez hit Joevon Walker for a 27-yard touchdown pass to make it a six-point game at halftime.

Simley restored its two-possession lead with a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter but the Tartan defense stiffened after that and kept the Spartans off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

In terms of putting up points, Hernandez had a quiet game by his standards. He had thrown for two or more touchdowns in three of Tartan’s first four games but was held to just one against Simley.

Hernandez still had a big impact on the game, however. He completed 14 of the 18 passes he threw to record his best single-game completion percentage (77.8) of the season and finished with his second-best single-game passing-yard total with 222.

Tartan hosted South St. Paul in week six. Results of that game were not available for this edition of the Review.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

East Metro Red District
week seven schedule

Henry Sibley at South St. Paul

Hill-Murray at Simley

Mahtomedi at Park-Cottage Grove

North at Hastings

Tartan at St. Thomas Academy

 

East Metro Red District
week five results

Mahtomedi 31, Hastings 14

North 21, Hill-Murray 14

Park-Cottage Grove 35, Henry Sibley 26

South St. Paul 13, St. Thomas Academy 7

Tartan 21, Simley 20

 

 

East Metro Red District standings
(Through week five)

 

Mahtomedi 

South St. Paul

Park-Cottage Grove 

Tartan 

Hastings

Henry Sibley

St. Thomas Academy 

North 

Simley 

Hill-Murray

Dist. 

5-0

5-0

4-1

3-2

2-3

2-3

2-3

1-4

1-4

0-5

Overall

5-0

5-0

4-1

3-2

2-3

2-3

2-3

1-4

1-4

0-5

Games behind

-

-

1

2

3

3

3

4

4

5

  

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