Luke Alves breaks free for a 33-yard TD run against Houston St. Thomas in a 2011 playoff game. (2011/Dick Kirby photo)
UPDATED Nov. 23, 2015: Nolan and Houston St. Thomas have met seven times — all in the playoffs. The Eagles lead the series, 5-2. Every game has been a low-scoring, defensive slugfest.
Nov. 21, 2015 — (St. Thomas 17, Nolan 0) — In Houston, the Eagles’ defense limited Nolan to 151 yards and eight first downs in the game at Granger Stadium. Michael Keating ran for one score and threw a touchdown pass for St. Thomas.
Nov. 23, 2013 — (Nolan 20, Houston St. Thomas 14 (OT) — In Teague, Texas, Luke Alves scored on a 7-yard run in overtime to win the TAPPS Division I regional final. Stephen Jolissaint’s 55-yard interception return for a touchdown and Grant Muehlstein’s extra point with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter forced the extra period.
Nov. 26, 2011—(Nolan 7, St. Thomas 3) — In Temple, Texas the teams COMBINED for 265 yards of total offense. Nolan sophomore Luke Alves scored the only TD on 33-yard run in second quarter. The combined 10 points scored remains the lowest combined point total in one game for Nolan and its opponent since the Vikings defeated then-Denton Liberty Christian 6-2 on Sept. 25, 1998.
Nov. 16, 2002—(St. Thomas 24, Nolan 10) –– In Houston, St. Thomas never trailed in the game at Granger Stadium. Steven Schoeffield rushed for 92 yards and two scores for the Eagles. Nolan’s TD came on a 70-yard pass from Andrew Oliver to Ross Oliver.
Nov. 17, 2001—(St. Thomas 24, Nolan 0) — In Houston. the teams COMBINED for 319 yards of total offense. Stephen Lemrond kicked 3 FGs for the Eagles in the game at Granger Stadium.
Dec. 2, 1972—(St. Thomas 7, Nolan 2) — In Fort Worth, the teams COMBINED for 313 yards of total offense in the TCIL 3A state championship. Nolan led 2-0 in the fourth quarter after DL Jeff MacDonald sacked the Eagles QB in the end zone, but Dan Arleth scored on a 3-yard TD run and St. Thomas made a late defensive stand to win it at Handley Field.
Nov. 27, 1971—(St. Thomas 20, Nolan 0) — In Houston, St. Thomas got TDs from Del Leatherwood, Larry Martin and Hank Dentler in the game at Delmar Stadium. Horace Ivory, coming off a school-record 296 rushing yards against Bishop Dunne, was held to 51 yards in his final game as a Viking before a college (Oklahoma) and professional (New England/Seattle) career.