About six miles apart, St. Thomas College and South St. Paul are two very different high schools.
St. Thomas College is a private school with a traditional 5A level of strength. South São Paulo represents a blue-collar community, and its 4A team list is much smaller.
It can be said that David spent most of the Friday night with Goliath.
In the end, Savion Lopez ran 108 yards from 154 yards in the second half, and St. Thomas College defeated South St. Paul 18-6.
Alonzo Dodd scored for the Packers at 88 yards from the kickoff in the fourth quarter.
“Private schools are not far away, many people come from all directions, small communities, all from here. It’s like a great plot line, you must push it a little bit. This is very relevant and true,” Manue, a first-year coach at South São Paulo University Spregel said that he has been working on the project for 20 years.
“…It’s difficult because St. Thomas is an excellent team, and it’s a difficult game. But it’s a good measure because we have no reason to believe that we can’t beat them. ”
Trainee coach Dan O’Brien knows that the motto of throwing records when these teams are gathered is apt.
“Last week we discussed with the kids how good this project is and how fierce the competition is. … In our last three games, South St. Paul beat St. Thomas. We have been talking all week that it will be like Sugar Ray Like Leonard-Roberto Duran, this will be a melee. It really is.”
Starting from the 7th position, Lopez led 10-0 in the middle of the third quarter, and finally gave the students some breathing space. The sophomore’s 12-yard fourth fell to the ground to keep the drive alive.
After Vincent Mueller lost a tackle, he ended the victory with a 22-yard touchdown, forcing the Packers to turn the ball midway through the fourth quarter.
“It’s a fierce competition, so we know it will be an important game,” said Lopez, who attended South São Paulo School in the eighth grade and admitted that there are many chatterers on the court. “I didn’t make it myself. Today my O-line opened the right holes nicely. I just found them.”
Lopez was burdened because the top running back student Love Adebayo (Love Adebayo) missed the game.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do to enter the game. All I know is that I’m going out, doing my best on the court, and when the result comes, it’s coming,” he said.
His performance was that he was not intimidated when facing a small Packers defense, but lacking Sam George, he started on the defensive line and center.
In the first half, St. Thomas College entered South St. Paul with 10 points twice. The result is three points.
“I have no disrespect to them, but we read all the pre-match records, like St. Thomas should be this, this, this and this, just like South St. Paul did not win,” Spregel said. “On paper, this may be true, but it is not. If everything is done on paper, then we won’t even appear.”
But they did it.
The same goes for the defense of the cadets, which limits the Packers’ first game to seven.
“It is curved, but don’t break. I think we match their physical fitness,” O’Brien said. “The defense didn’t give up any points. If your defense doesn’t lose points, it’s usually a good night.”