The varsity football team secures the area title and moves on to compete in the quarterfinals.
Saturday, November 28, just two days after Thanksgiving, the SBS community gathered in the pouring rain at Houston Baptist University stadium to cheer on the Eagles in their area playoff game against Saint Joseph’s High School. This is what Texas high school football is all about - coming together as a community, rain or shine, and cheering the team into playoffs.
Athletic Director Mike Walker says, "We were so thankful to have booked HBU for the game on Saturday. It was a downpour from start to finish, and one of the coldest and wettest games I have been a part of, but we still had nearly 500 people in attendance.” He continues, “Our fans were energetic, and our players and coaches displayed energy and focus despite the conditions.”
Families showed up for the Eagles. SBS parent and upper school art teacher GeAnna Manners bought tickets to the game to support one of her students. Despite the weather, the Manners family happily suited up in their rain jackets and headed to HBU. Her boys, Duke ‘34 and Landon ‘33, cheered for the Eagles with excitement. GeAnna shares, “They were so happy to be out in the rain. For us, as a family, it truly was such a sweet and memorable time! My boys saw that if we really care about our team, we will be there for them, rain or shine.” Her son Duke was moved by the game as well, enthusiastically declaring, “I am definitely going to be a football player!” GeAnna says it meant a lot to both her students and her family to support the Eagles, and they are looking forward to many more athletic events as a family.
Head Football Coach Pirtle describes the team’s grit and accomplishments during the rainy playoff game, saying, "Our defense was outstanding. They allowed only one first down and they did not allow any yards rushing. Our defensive line was dominant and is possibly one of the best in TAPPS.” Senior quarterback Finn Nicholson threw four touchdowns with Everett Skillern ‘22 receiving three of those. Meanwhile, kicker Charley Schwinger ‘23 racked up extra points for SBS.
The Eagles are looking forward to competing in the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season in the hopes of becoming regional champions!