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2014 Records
FALCONS 10-2, 6-0
District 7-2A Champs

Northlake 9-3, 4-2
Springfield 9-3, 4-2
Pine 6-5, 3-3
Saint Helena 3-8, 3-3
Hannan 1-10, 1-5
PJP II 1-10, 0-6

2013 Records
Northlake 11-1, 7-0
FALCONS 9-3, 6-1
Hannan 10-2, 5-2
Springfield 6-6, 3-4
PJP II 6-6, 3-4
Pine 4-6, 2-6
Saint Helena 2-8, 2-5
Mt. Herman 0-10, 0-7

2012 District 8-2A
Springfield 5-0
Northlake 3-2
Pope John Paul II 1-4
Pine 2-3
Saint Helena 0-5

2012 Season Records
Springfield 9-1
Northlake 6-4
Pine 5-4
Pope John Paul II 3-6
Saint Helena 2-7

2011 Season Records
Pope John Paul II 9-3
Springfield 5-6
Northlake 4-6
Pine 2-8
Saint Helena 1-9

Battle of the birds produces 99 points!
Falcons outgun Hawks 60-39.

by Jim Henderson, FalconSports Staff Writer

HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons captured their second victory of the season after defeating the winless Archbishop Hannan Hawks 60-39 win in a non-district contest played a Pete Valenti Field. The contest turned into a shootout with touchdowns being scored on offense and defense. Both teams combined to score 99 points.
    The Falcons jumped out to a 24-6 first quarter lead and then each team scored twice in the second period with Saint Thomas holding a 39-18 edge. The Falcons scored twice in the third to take a 53-25 advantage. Saint Thomas scored once more in the fourth to reach the 60-point barrier.
    “Team win,” said STA coach Hayden Warren. “It was an all-around team win. Offense, defense and special teams executed well. This win came against a rival, very well coached team. These boys are motivated right now.”
    The Falcons began their scoring barrage in the opening moments of the first quarter. Hannan quarterback Braden Shultz threw an interception when strong safety Cace Reed picked off the pass and returned the football 61 yards for a Falcon touchdown. Jonanthan Bickford kicked the PAT and St. Thomas led 7-0 with 9:34 left to play in the period.
    The Falcons were successful on an onside kick when Jax Peterman recovered the ball at the Hannan 40-yard line. STA added to its lead six plays later when Bickford nailed a 39-yard field goal to make 10-0 with 6:19 remaining in the quarter.
    The visiting Hawks responded with a six-play, 80-yard drive that culminated when running back Cartez Brown took a pitch and scampered 49 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was missed leaving the score 10-6 with 3:59 left in the period. STA answered, however, two plays later when quarterback Justin Domiano rolled out to the right side and outraced the Hannan secondary 57-yards for a Falcon touchdown. Bickford booted the PAT to make it 17-6 with 2:44 left in the quarter.
    The Falcon defense came up with another interception. Hannan quarterback Braden Shultz threw the football out into the flat, but cornerback Justin Domiano picked off the pass and returned it 58-yards for a STA touchdown. Bickford kicked the PAT to make it 24-6 with 1:39 remaining in the period.
    In the second quarter, the Hawks put together a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended when running back Brennan Obey ran in for a one-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 24-12 with 8:44 left to play in the first half. Saint Thomas went three-and-out on its next series forcing the game's first punt. Hannan took possession at its own 25. Brown took a pitch and rambled 75 yards down the left sideline for a Hawk touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and Hannan trailed 24-18 with 6:48 left in the half.
    After the ensuing kickoff, the Falcons scored two plays later when Kendrell Perry went off-tackle and raced 51 yards for a touchdown. Perry ran in for the two-point conversion score to extend the STA lead to 32-18 with 6:03 left to play in the second period. The Falcon defense forced Hannan to punt for the first time on its next possession and STA took over at its own 35 with 1:29 left in the half. Two plays later, Perry broke loose and ran 65-yards for a Falcon touchdown. Bickford added the PAT to make it 39-18 at the half. Perry finished the first half with over 100 yards rushing for the Falcon offense.
    In the third quarter, the Falcons recovered an onside kick when Dean Cusimano recovered the ball at the Hawk 49-yard line. STA took advantage of field position scoring seven plays later when Perry went straight up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown run. Bickford booted the PAT to make it 46-18 with 8:55 left to play in the period. Highlighting the drive was a 15-yard run by Domiano that kept the drive alive converting on a fourth-and-7 situation at the Hawk 42.
    Following the kickoff, the Hawks put together a six-play, 68-yard drive that was culminated by a 28-yard touchdown run by Brown. Ethan Bearden kicked the PAT to cut the STA lead to 46-25 with 7:00 minutes left in the quarter. Saint Thomas answered again on its next possession. The Falcons marched 52-yards in 11-plays capping the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run by running back Deshad Sheridan. Bickford added the PAT to give STA a 53-25 advantage with 3:09 remaining in the quarter. Highlighting the drive was a 18-yard pass completion from Domiano to Perry that moved the ball to the Hannan 10-yard line.
    After the ensuing kickoff, the Hannan Hawks engineered a eight-play, 60-yard drive that ended with Brown scoring on a 14-yard touchdown run. Obey ran in for the two-point conversion score to cut the deficit to 53-33 with 11:50 remaining in the game. STA recovered an onside kick at their own 47. It took the Falcons just three plays to score its next touchdown. Cace Reed took a handoff and spun off a pair of tackles enroute for a 42-yard touchdown run. Bickford kicked the PAT to give the Falcons a 60-33 lead with 10:26 left to play. Hannan would respond with a three-play 80-yard drive that ended on a four-yard touchdown pass play. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 60-39 with 9:20 left.
    Saint Thomas mounted a seven-play drive that ended with the Falcons punting to the Hawks with 4:05 remaining. Hannan marched across midfield, but the drive ended when Jonathan Bickford intercepted a Hannan pass attempt ending a score threat and securing the 60-39 victory’ The Falcons, now 2-3 on the season, will host Pope John Paul on Friday in its annual Homecoming game. “Another tough opponent,” said Warren. “There are no easy opponents and we don't play anybody easy. Every team poses a problem so we are going to have to bring our best to find a way to win.”

Falcons rally for a 29-28 win over parish rival Loranger!!
A pair of blocked field goal attempts seals the deal for the Falcons.

by Jim Henderson, FalconSports Staff Writer

LORANGER, LA—It was a battle between two evenly matched prep football teams. In the end when the smoke cleared it would be the Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons outlasting the Loranger Wolves 29-28 in its annual Homecoming game played at Rusty Chambers Memorial Stadium. It was a game with big plays and missed opportunities. It was game with unwarranted penalties and turnovers. It was a game that saw the Falcons build a two-touchdown lead only to have the Wolves tie it and then take the lead in the wanning moments of the fourth quarter before a last-second blocked field goal attempt by Saint Thomas Aquinas sealed the victory for Saint Thomas giving them their first win of the season to improve to 1-3. Loranger’s loss dropped the Wolves to 1-3.
    “I don't know what to say,” said STA assistant coach Hayden Warren, who filled in for head coach Shane Mulhern who had to miss the game because of a family matter. “The kids played their butts off and I’m emotional right now. It’s been a long week for everybody. We won this one for Coach Mulhern and his family. All three phases of the game won it for us. That’s a talented football team (Loranger) with a great coach. They execute on a very high level and we’re fortunate to come out of here with a win.”
    “We’re gonna enjoy this one tonight and then we’ll get to work on Hannan,” said Warren.
    Saint Thomas took the momentum early. After the Wolves went three-and-out on their opening possession, the Falcons scored on their first offensive play from scrimmage when wingback Cace Reed took a pitch and scampered down the sideline for an 81-yard touchdown run. Jonathan Bickford kicked the PAT and just like that STA led 7-0 with 9:37 left to play in the first quarter.
    The Wolves committed their first turnover on its next possession. A tipped pass at the line of scrimmage was picked off by STA defensive back Cayden Cuti ending a Loranger drive. The Falcons were unable to capitalize when they failed to convert on a fourth-and-5 situation giving the football up on downs at the Wolves’ 28-yard line.
    Loranger put together a sustained drive on its next series. The Wolves marched 78-yards in 10-plays culminating the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run by tailback Ryan James. Cooper Flannagan added the PAT to tie the contest at 7-7 with 11:54 remaining in the first half. Following the kickoff, the Falcons answered with a 13-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Justin Domiano to wide receiver slot back Kendrell Perry. Bickford booted the PAT to give STA a 14-7 lead with 6:29 left to play in the half. The Falcons executed a short ensuing kickoff and Loranger fumbled the return and Jermaine Spencer recovered it for the Falcons at the Wolves’ 34. Five plays later, Reed scored his second touchdown of the game on a 14-yard run. Bickford added the PAT to make it 21-7 with 4:28 left in the half.
    Loranger managed to put together a nine-play, 57-yard drive that saw the Wolves score on a one yard touchdown run by quarterback Colton Morris. Flannagan kicked the PAT and Loranger cut the deficit to 21-14 with just 23 seconds left to play before halftime. Highlighting the Loranger drive was Ryan James, who had runs of twelve, eleven, six, and five yards that moved the ball down to the Falcon 20.
    Saint Thomas was forced to punt on its goal line on its opening series in the third quarter. Loranger was aided by a fair catch interference penalty by the Falcons that moved the ball to the STA 28. The Wolves took advantage of field position when running back Roman James scored ona 13-yard touchdown run. Flannagan added the PAT to make it 21-21 with 7:11 left to play in the period.
    The Falcons failed to convert on a fourth-and-7 situation giving Loranger the ball at their own 44. Each team would exchange punts and Loranger took its next possession at midfield. Five plays later, the Wolves took their first lead of the game when Morries connected with wideout Ricky James on an eight-yard slant pass that gave Loranger a 28-21 edge. Flannagan booted the PAT to make it 28-21 with 7:49 left to play in the game.
    The Falcons were unable to answer on its next series giving the ball up on downs with 3:50 remaining to play. Loranger took possession and began working the game clock down reaching the Falcon 15. The drive stalled and Flannagan was called upon to kick a 25-yard field goal. The attempt was blocked by a STA’s Brody Crouch ending the scoring threat with 1:49 left to play.
    The Falcons took over at their own 30 and scored four plays later on a 57-yard touchdown run by Perry. The Falcons opted to go for the two-point conversion score when Perry ran in from three yards out into the end zone to give St. Thomas back the lead at 29-28 with 1:15 left to play.
    The Wolves recovered an onside kickoff attempt at their own 48 giving Loranger another opportunity. Morris threw pass completions to Austin Hayden and to Landon Faust for 12 and 11 yards to move the ball down to the Falcon 25-yard line. A Ryan James off-tackle run put the ball at the St. Thomas nine with :28 seconds left. Morris was sacked for a loss on the next play and the Wolves called their final timeout of the game with :10 seconds left to play. Flannagan attempted a 22-yard field goal that was blocked by a host of Saint Thomas linemen as the kick was low. The Falcons recovered the ball at the 15-yard line with :02 seconds remaining sealing the29-28 victory.
    “Too many mistakes early and we didn’t make enough plays to put them away when we had opportunities and let them (St. Thomas) hang around,” said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “We just gotta get better...gotta get better...We gonna look at this one and then start Monday preparing for Liberty. We just gotta keep getting better.”
    Saint Thomas returns home to Valenti Field for the first time since September 1st hosting winless Archbishop Hannan (0-4) while the Wolves will entertain Liberty (2-2). Kickoffs for both games will be 7 p.m

Falcons impress in Jamboree with 28-19 win over Sumner.
Senior Cace Reed delivers a hat trick scoring three touchdowns.

by Jim Henderson, FalconSports Staff Writer

HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons put on their rally helmets to outscored the Jewel Sumner Cowboys 28-19 in the Loranger Jamboree played at Rusty Chambers Memorial Stadium. The Falcons rallied three times to secure the win being led by Cace Reed who scored three touchdowns and blocked a point after attempt and had two pass interceptions on defense that stopped Sumner scoring threats. The win was also the first for new coach Shane Mulhern, who previously came from Saint Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Ms. where he was the defensive coordinator.
    “We showed some resilience with our culture,” said STA coach Shane Mulhern. “We showed a group of young men that found a way to win. That Jewel Sumner football team is an unbelievable team and are well coached. There are some things we gotta tighten up fundamentally and defensively, but overall I’m proud of how our kids played. They played with a lot of courage and heart.”
    The contest was played with two 12-minute halves. The Falcons punted the football on their opening possession. Sumner took over on its own 37-yard line and marched 63-yards in seven plays culminating the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Brooks. Cace Reed of the Falcons blocked the PAT attempt leaving the score 6-0 with 7:35 remaining in the first half.
    Saint Thomas answered the touchdown score quickly when Reed returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards straight up the middle of the field for a Falcon touchdown. Jonathan Bickford added the PAT to give the Falcons a 7-6 lead.
    The Falcon defense forced a turnover when a Sumner running back coughed up the football and Clifton Bonds of the Falcons recovered it at the STA 44. Saint Thomas failed to capitalize on the miscue turning the ball over on downs at midfield. On the very next play, Sumner’s Brooks broke loose and scampered 49-yards for a touchdown. The PAT was successful giving the Cowboys a 13-7 advantage with 2:44 left to play in the half.
    Kaiden Dennis of the Falcons returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards before being pushed out-of-bounds at the Cowboy 17. Five plays later, Saint Thomas moved ahead when quarterback Justin Domiano snuck across on a one-yard sneak for a touchdown. Bickford booted the PAT to make it 14-13 at the half.
    The Cowboys took the second half kickoff and engineered a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown run by Brooks. The two-point conversion try failed but Sumner regained the lead 19-14 with 5:49 remaining to play.
    Dennis returned the ensuing kickoff 27 yards giving the Falcons field position at their own 47. Five plays later, the Falcons scored when Reed went off-tackle for a 23-yard touchdown score. Bickford kicked the PAT to give Saint Thomas a 21-19 lead with 3:35 left. Highlighting the drive was Reed gaining 17 yards on a handoff to the left side of the field putting the ball at the Cowboy 36.
    Sumner appeared to put together a scoring threat marching down to the Falcon 45, but Sumner quarterback Ke’Maury Warren threw an interception when Reed stepped in front of the intended receiver and he raced 53-yards for a touchdown. Bickford delivered the PAT to give STA a 28-19 lead with 1:13 remaining.
    Reed would get his second interception on Sumner's next possession at the Falcon 29 to clinch the victory with less than a minute left to play. “We have a great group of seniors with the culture we're trying to build,” Mulhern said. “They are multi-sport kids and very competitive. Reed is awesome. He is special with how he competes. He is a playmaker with elite speed.”
    Saint Thomas will begin regular season play Friday hosting perennial powerhouse Riverside Academy followed by road games to Episcopal, Ponchatoula and Loranger. “Our preparation and commitment to excellence will certainly be tested early,” Mulhern added. “These next few games are very tough opponents. It will be a test for our culture.”
New look Falcons scrimmage on the big stage.
Falcons end spring drills with Maroon and White Intrasquad scrimmage at Strawberry Stadium.

by Jim Henderson, FalconSports Staff Writer

HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcon football team concluded Spring drills with a intra-squad scrimmage played at SLU’s Strawberry Stadium. The Falcons displayed a variety of new offensive and defensive schemes, a new coaching staff and a new head coach.
    With the departure of former STA coach Randell Legette in 2022, Falcon Football is now under the direction of new head coach Shane Mulhern whose goal this Spring was to bring development to his program. “This was a great opportunity to see our guys in action under a new coaching staff, new program, new numbers and a new offense and defense,” said Mulhern.
    The Maroon team held off the White team by a 14-12 margin. There were no punts or kickoffs permitted and each team started their offense on their own 30-yard line. The contest had two 12:00 minute halves in the timed session of the scrimmage. The White team began the scrimmage going four-and-out after failing to pick-up first down yardage.
    The Marroon Team took over on downs at the White 35-yard line and took advantage of field position scoring in seven plays on a 17-yard touchdown run on a pitch to running back Kendrell Perry. Quarterback Justin Domiano ran in for the two-point conversion score to make it 8-0 with 4:01 left in the first half of play.
    The White Team was intercepted on its next possession when Cayden Cuti stepped in front of the intended receiver and returned the football to the 25-yard line. The Maroon Team took advantage of the turnover scoring five plays later on a 15-yard scamper by Perry. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 14-0 with 10:25 left to play in the second half.
    The White Team coughed up the football on its next series after crossing mid-field on a five-play drive. Chad Cusimano recovered the fumble giving the Maroon Team the football at the White Team 45. The Maroon Team drove down to the White Team 20-yard line. Highlighting the drive was a 33-yard run by running back Cricket Bonds that put the football at the 25. A 15-yard run by running back Josh Carbello put the ball at the White Team 11. However, the White Team forced the Maroon Team to turn the ball over on downs ending a scoring threat.
    The White Team scored two plays later when wingback Cace Reed broke loose and jetted 85-yards out racing the Maroon defense for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 14-6 with less then a minute to play. The White Team had one more possession starting at their own 40. Two plays later, Reed took a pitch and scored on a 37-yard touchdown run with no time left to play. The two-point conversion score failed when running back Deshad Sheridan was stopped short of the goal line sealing the 14-12 win for the Maroon Team.
    “We needed to master the bases of our offense that’s going to give us something to build off of this summer,”Mulhern said.“"With both teams we are very blessed this year to be able to put together a intra-squad scrimmage and achieved quality work and that’s more experience that I can ever ask for from these players.”
    “We got a lot of believers of what we’re doing with this program,” added Mulhern. “We're blessed to have the support to be able to use this facility at Southeastern right now at this point of our spring season.”
    Mulhern, who welcomed out 45 players to spring drills, will have his team busy this Summer. “We are going to do a mixture of things to prepare our guys for the fall. The primary focus is going to be development. We need to make sure that we are progressing with our players so they can be the best be individually. We will have two guys participating in the Manning Passing Academy. I know that we will be doing some 7-on-7 camps and stuff like that but the primary focus is going to be player development.”
    Senior Cace Reed was pleased on how the scrimmage went. “I thought the scrimmage went very well,” Reed said. “We had a little up and downs with our plays, but once we get everything done, I think we should be very good and will be ready for the fall. We have a new coaching staff, new players, but when we all come together everything is going to be fine.”

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Hannan 39
Falcons 60

Springfield 52
Central Private 14

Pope John Paul II 44
Crescent City 6

Independence 16
Delhi 6

District 10-2A 2023
Northlake 4-0, 0-0
Springfield 4-1, 0-0
Pope John Paul 3-2, 0-0
FALCONS 2-3, 0-0
Independence 1-4, 0-0

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District 10-2A 2022
Northlake 7-3, 4-1
Saint Helena 5-5, 4-1
FALCONS 3-7, 3-2
Pope John Paul 4-6, 2-3
Independence 2-8, 2-3
Springfield 3-7, 0-5

District 10-2A 2021
FALCONS 8-2, 3-0
Springfield 4-6, 2-1
PJP II 4-5, 1-2
Northlake 1-8, 0-3

District 10-2A 2020
FALCONS 5-2, 2-0
Northlake 3-5, 1-1
Springfield 2-3, 0-0
PJP II 1-5, 0-2

District 10-2A 2019
FALCONS 5-6, 3-0
Northlake 5-6, 2-1
Springfield 4-6, 1-2
PJP II -1-8-1, 0-3

District 8-2A 2018
Amite 10-1, 7-0
St. Helena 9-2, 6-1
Pine 7-4, 4-2
FALCONS 5-6, 4-3
Independence 4-7, 3-4
Springfield 3-8, 1-5
Northlake 2-9, 2-5
PJP II 2-9, 0-7

District 8-2A 2017
Amite 10-1, 5-1
St. Helena 9-2, 6-1
FALCONS 7-5 5-3
Pine 7-5, 4-3
Independence 6-5, 4-3
Northlake 3-8, 2-5
PJP II 2-9, 1-6
Springfield 2-9, 0-7

District Standings 2016
Saint Helena 9-1, 6-0
Northlake 7-3, 3-3
Pine 6-3, 3-3
FALCONS 3-7, 3-3
PJP II 4-6, 3-3
Hannan 4-6, 2-4
Springfield 1-9, 0-6

2015 Records
FALCONS 14-1, 6-0
District 7-2A Champs
Saint Helena 7-5, 4-2
Northlake 7-4, 4-2
Hannan 7-4, 4-2
Pine 2-8, 2-4
PJP II 1-9, 1-5
Springfield 2-9, 0-6

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