October 3rd, 2020

Thomas Leads Cougars Past Southern 56-20

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Thomas Leads Cougars Past Southern 56-20
Photo by Jeff Woods

Holy Cross senior Lex Thomas rushed for nearly 200 yards in a 56-20 rout of Class 6A Southern Friday night. His three touchdowns helped the sixth-ranked Cougars improve to 4-0 on the season while the Trojans dropped to 1-2.


"It's hard to get a read on him," said Holy Cross head coach Eric Dick. "He's through the line, and you're looking to see where he's at. He's tough to get a beeline on, and even when you do, you still have to make the hit. That's a tough task. He's short, and he can move. You try to get a good shot, but it's tough. He has some of the quickest feet I've ever seen coaching."


Thomas rushed 21 times for 195 yards, scoring the Cougars' first two touchdowns of the night. His fast start put Holy Cross ahead 14-0 less than seven minutes into the game.


"I'm proud of him," said Dick. "He may be the littlest guy on the field, but that run where he rumbled and rumbled, they thought they had him, and he still broke loose."


"I have to step up and make it happen," said Thomas. "Chaz (Geraghty) and I have to step up and get the yards. We both run, and we're both great at it. We're just going to keep doing what we're doing."


Field position proved to play a significant role in the Cougars' offensive success. All but one of Holy Cross' scoring drives started in Trojans territory. Their average starting position was Southern's 43-yard line.


"Short field is huge," said Dick. "If you can keep teams on your side of the field, you're making your job a lot easier. We didn't punt all night, and we scored on every possession. We're doing good things."


Senior quarterback Chaz Geragthy rushed for a three-yard touchdown on the second quarter's opening play to put the Cougars ahead 21-0. He added two more scores, one rushing, and one passing, in the second quarter to give Holy Cross a 35-7 advantage at the break.


The Trojans opened the third quarter strong. Senior LaTaeivion Doneghy sprinted for a 63-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to cut the Cougars' lead to 35-13. Holy Cross needed just three plays to answer back, as Thomas ran for his third touchdown of the night to push the Cougars' lead to 42-13. Geraghty added one more touchdown on the ground, and senior Tate Gaw closed the third quarter with a kickoff return for the team's eighth touchdown of the night. Their 56 points are the most for the Cougars since the first round of the 2014 Class A playoffs when they beat Fulton County 58-16.


Next week, Holy Cross begins district play at home against Bethlehem. The Cougars finished in a three-way tie for first in Class A, District Two last year, earning the top seed in a tiebreaker. The home-field advantage propelled the Cougars to the state semifinals. District Two should be very competitive again in 2020, making the next two Fridays very critical.


"We take what we've done, and we erase it. We start our season over again at 0-0," said Dick. "Everybody in our district, we're going to get their best shot. We have to be ready. The target is on our back. They're ready, and I know they're ready, so I want our kids to understand the mindset of what's getting ready to happen next week."


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