Tuesday, September 10, 2019

First Game! St. Thomas Press Release


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 7th, 2019) - Saturday, September 7; a day that will be long remembered by generations of St. Thomas University administration, students, faculty and alumni, for the first time in school history, Bobcat Football was played.
12 p.m. marked the beginning of a new era, at St. Thomas, the kick-off from Thomas More kicker, Alexander Haley, and return by David Crawford, signified the start of STU Football as the Bobcats began the day, the season and the program on the offensive. STU wasted little time recording the first "first down" in program history, as running back, Robert Armes, took his first collegiate carry six yards following a James Sepulveda completion to D'Amaunte Oliver.

The young defensive unit of the Bobcats made their presence felt on the Saints, holding a highly touted offense to -2 yards on TMU's first offensive possession, Jayson Contreras led the way with the first-ever Quarterback sack in school history. St. Thomas second drive lasted four plays, before punting to Thomas More and allowing a 46-yard return as the Saints passed the 50-yard line for the first time in the game. Four plays later, TMU put the ball in the end zone for the first score of the game, with Dillon Powell scampering from six yards out. As the first quarter wound down, a tipped pass and subsequent interception was returned for a pick-six, as TMU took a two score lead at 14-0.

Following the first quarter, St. Thomas University honored the Miami Dolphins as the first-ever "Bobcat Community Award" recipients for their efforts in the Miami Gardens community and in bringing football back to the campus of St. Thomas.

Midway through the second quarter, Thomas More added a third touchdown, Mitchell Hogue scored from four yards out to put the Saints ahead, 21-0. St. Thomas ran eight more plays, over two drives, before halftime but gave TMU possession with 2:30 remaining in the first half. TMU finished the first half by knocking in a field goal from 19-yards to head into the break with Thomas More leading 24-0.

Head Coach Bill Ryhcel and staff went into their first halftime at St. Thomas and made the necessary adjustments to get STU back into the game. Defensive Coordinator, Alex Gray's unit forced the Saints into a quick three-and-out, allowing only nine yards, on the first TMU drive of the second half. Sepulveda led the offense down the field with 48 passing yards, including a huge play for 31 yards to John Israel Cooper to put St. Thomas into the red-zone for the first time in the game. One play later, history was made, Armes ran for 12-yards, breaking a couple tackles in the process to find the end-zone and recording the first ever St. Thomas University Bobcats touchdown. Billy McConnelladded the first extra point in school history to complete the touchdown. Thomas More quickly responded with a rushing touchdown of their own, extending their lead to 31-7.

Heading into the final quarter of play, STU needed positive momentum on their side and linebacker, Wendy Francoisobliged. Francois forced a fumble on the Thomas More 40-yard line and gave the Bobcats the ball in positive field position. Sepulveda led his second scoring drive of the afternoon, capping it off with a five-yard touchdown pass (the first passing/receiving touchdown) in school history to Oliver to put the game at 31-14, following a McConnell extra point.

Thomas More sealed the win with their third rushing touchdown of the day with 3:15 remaining in the game.

Overall, St. Thomas ran 70-plays for 282 total yards, finished with 13 first downs and 29:27 of possession time in the first game in the program's history.

Bobcat Leaders
Robert Armes: 20 carries, 97 yards (4.85 yards-per-carry) first touchdown in St. Thomas history
Jordan Sepulveda: 26-37, 1 TD/1 int, first passing touchdown in St. Thomas history
D'Amaunte Oliver: five catches, 25 yards, first receiving touchdown in St. Thomas history

St. Thomas will play the program's first road game on Saturday, September 14th, traveling to Barbourville, Kentucky to play Union College.


First Game Thomas More Press Release

(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) – The Thomas More University football team defeated St. Thomas University, 38-14, today at Monsignor Edwards Pace High School in Miami Gardens, Florida.
  • Thomas More took a 7-0 lead with 7:30 to play in the quarter when junior running back Dillion Powell (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) scored a six-yard run and sophomore place kicker Alexander Haley (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) added the point-after-attempt.
  • Sophomore safety Ky Jones (Chicago, Ill./Ravenna) returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown and Haley added the PAT with 43-seconds to play to extend the lead to 14-0.
  • With 7:08 to play in quarter, senior quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) connected on a four-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Mitchell Hogue (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) and Haley added the PAT to make the score 21-0.
  • Haley made a 19-yard field goal as time expired in the quarter to increase the Saints' lead to 24-0 at halftime.
  • St. Thomas cut the lead to 24-7 when Robert Armes scored on a 12-yard touchdown run and Braden Dick added the PAT with 10:32 to play in the quarter.
  • Junior running back Monalo Caldwell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) scored on a four-yard run and Haley added the PAT and the Saints increased the lead to 31-7 with 6:43 to play in the quarter.
  • The Bobcats made the score 31-14 with 7:20 to play in the game when D'Amaunte Oliver connected on a five-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Sepulveda and Billy McConnell added the PAT.
  • The Saints increased the lead to 38-14 with 3:15 to play in the game as Caldwell scored on a one-yard run and Haley added the PAT.
  • Thomas More improves to 1-1 on the season, while St. Thomas falls to 0-1.
  • The Saints out-gained the Bobcats 295 yards (186 rushing/109 passing) to 282 yards (81 rushing/201 passing).
  • Post was 10-of-21 passing for 109 yards and a touchdown.
  • Caldwell finished the game with 23 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Junior running back Justin Durham (Elsmere, Ky./Lloyd Memorial) carried the ball nine times for 37 yards.
  • Senior wide receiver Mitchel Hogue (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) led the receiving corps with six catches for 73 yards and one touchdown.
  • Junior linebacker Ryan Stofko (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) had nine tackles (six solo/three assisted) for the Saints.
  • Sophomore linebacker Peyton Van Horn (Hebron, Ky./Conner) had eight tackles (four solo/four assisted), including a half sack.
  • Jones had five tackles (three solo/two assisted) and had the interception returned for a touchdown.
  • Thomas More returns to the field next Saturday (September 14) when it hosts Mid-South Bluegrass Division foe Cumberland (Tenn.) University.
  • Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Monday, August 26, 2019

End of Summer Practices, beginning of school

As I have already mentioned in several posts on this blog, I am writing notes and posting pictures to come back to later to write about. Most of this will not make sense to you, but some of it might. At worst, enjoy the pictures!

Bill's summer dealing with the business office, financial aid, plumbing with the new washers, laundry codes, hanging grease boards, dealing with maintenance, work orders, setting up Group Me

Regis's contract process
The kid who went to ten colleges
Kid from Canada who just showed up with parents
Check in day
Lightning strikes
Kids and weed
having all freshmen
coaches and story telling
living with a 33 year old and a 25 year old
the GAs
got to write up concussions, tobacco, and OWU football in the time of us
irresponsible students
helping irresponsible students
Kids who think they are going to the NFL
Those making money off kids dreams...speed camps, skill camps, combines
Either go all the way, or don't go at all...small college sports

Monday, June 10, 2019

"Confessions of an Optimist" Sirens 2019

(Below is a review about this CD I have sent out to various publications/websites I have worked for over the years. I have been acquainted with Molly and Kay's music for a very long time, both as Sirens as in various bands and line ups. They are very talented, write good songs, and make enjoyable records. Too bad their type of music does not get played much on commercial radio. Go out and buy the disk and give them some support.)

If you live in Central Ohio you are never too far removed from the work of musicians and songwriters Molly Pauken and Kay Harris. They do a ton of commercial and studio work; occasionally tour with national acts; participate in tribute shows; and play regularly with popular local and regional bands. This has been the life for the last twenty years for these talented ladies.
When they can fit it in they record and perform with their own group Sirens, often backed by a talented group of Ohio based musicians. Over the years they have occasionally put out Sirens CDs, and the most recent is Confessions of an Optimist. The 11-track release was recorded and mastered in both Columbus and Nashville. The songs are all Pauken/Harris compositions, and show off Harris’s catchy vocals and Pauken’s mastership of everything with strings, especially the mandolin and bass.
There are a bunch of good songs on the disk. “Get You” and “Wrap Me Up” both have a funky, upbeat feel to them. “Everything” has a full band sound.  On “Naked as Fools” Harris shares vocals with lead guitarist Hadden Sayers on what might be the best cut.  “A Lot Like You” shows Harris’s range, while “Wake Me Up” is both upbeat and soulful. The heartfelt “That’s All” is the best of several strong ballads. “Only Love” is the closer, and features a piano intro by Kevin Patrick Sweeney and fine guitar work by Sayers.
Confessions of an Optimist features gifted songwriting from a perspective of slightly older woman, with a sound that’s both a bit rootsy and a bit country. This is a very good CD and I highly recommend it.  Hope it gets them some airplay outside of Columbus and on some of the streaming services; Molly Pauken and Kay Harris deserve the national recognition.
For more information about Sirens and Molly Pauken and Kay Harris check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Sirens.

A Short Note about my Posts...

Except for an occasional music or play review, or some photos from a family function, most of the posts over the last year or so are about football, specifically coaching football. I had planned on last fall to be my last season, and I kept an unorganized diary, as well as many pictures, from the 2018 Thomas More season. I had planned to use the structure of the season to be the frame story of my long talked about coaching book. But...
My friend Dave Armstrong took the president position at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. One of the attractions, besides many, to Dave about the job was St. Thomas was a good sports school that has never had football. Starting a football program immediately gave the college a spike in enrollment tat it needed, and also got Dave to put together a very good coaching staff in a part of the country loaded with talented but very few if any small schools playing football. I was talked to come down and joined the coaching staff and the faculty in January 2019.
So my coaching book's title has gone from something like "Last Seasons," to "Last and First Seasons." A lot of the notes I post on this blog are to make me remember things when I go back later to write about them. For the few of you who read this blog regularly I hope you can decipher some of what I'm talking about.
Out first season ever kicks off September 7 in Miami against, of all schools, Thomas More University. Will that be a special occasion or what? Check out more about St. Thomas Football at STU.EDU and click on athletics.

These are the first 25 football players ever at St. Thomas University. Most of these young men transferred in at the start of the second semester 2018/19. Some played at other schools last fall, most had not played for a year since high school.