After St. Thomas Aquinas notched a 30-7 win over Dillard in a preseason game Thursday night, some might say the Raiders looked pretty good.
The numbers seem to support that. Quarterback John O’Korn, who will take over as the starter after the graduation of Max Lescano, was 8 of 12 for 91 yards. Running back Fred Coppet had 4 carries for 40 yards with a pair of touchdown runs, fellow back Madre London also had 4 carries for 40 yards and Deltron Sands added 10 carries for 54 yards.
Defensively, St. Thomas held Dillard to just 170 yards of total offense despite the fact several starters were out battling a stomach bug.
Sounds good, right? Coppet would say that’s not enough. Before St. Thomas takes the field for its opener against Miami Columbus next week, he thinks the Raiders need to find a way to make more big plays. They can probably work on a couple of the penalties too. That was one negative for St. Thomas on Thursday. They were flagged 13 times for 121 yards. Ouch.
Video: St. Thomas Aquinas’ Jessica Hoyt on Raiders state semifinal win February 6th, 2012
The defending state and national champion St. Thomas Aquinas girls soccer team is headed to Tampa to play for another title.
The Raiders defeated Cypress Bay 4-0 in a state semifinal on Friday to earn the championship berth.
Forward Jessica Hoyt was a big part of the win with three assists and one goal. Here, she talks about what it means to the team that is now preparing to play for its 12th state title.
She also talks about how the Raider defense stepped up to help Ariana Fontenot, a defender who stepped in to play keeper after starter Megan Sweeney was injured in the first half.