I am not so sure. I honestly don't feel like Mater Dei as a whole feels much different. From what I can tell the school feels just as committed to its Catholic values as it did when I attended. I'm sure Servite as a whole does too. The football program doesn't reflect the school as a whole.WillyCfromSHS wrote: ↑Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:22 pm Coming from the MD faithful who engineered this model, of course it's worth it. I'm a Catholic, a Servite alum, active with fundraising, etc. and just miss the old Catholic model. Catholic kids filtered in from the local parish schools, Freshman formation, kids going to the school for their religion, not football. Loyola went through this and decided to pull back and stick with the old Servite model. Anyway, it is what it is.
Thomas has brought Servite back!
He is doing it with his son and is making history in a first ever CIF FINALS showdown vs MD.
BACK IN BLACK BABY!
JUST WIN BABY!
Hes got the wheels turning, and might just knock off the number 1 team in the nation.
MD has been winning for so many years, and has crushed everyone theyve played.
The top elite athletes, at every position, 3-4 deep.
Rolo, the storied old dog who has been to a million of these dances. Im sure he has some tendencies?
Against Centennial, he leaned on defense and his run game. 20-16
This D-1 FINALS could possibly have one of the largest turnouts in high school history??
Is the Home Depot available? It would be awesome if they played at SOFI STADIUM.
LETS GET IT ON!!!
hit the lights
Yes, have to agree, all fans on one side of the field, parking, opposite fans sitting
close together is a recipe for confrontation. The CIFSS could have done a way better
job of picking a nicer venue. As a previous vendor stated, is home depot available
or something similar? You could probably get 20,000 fans or so for this one.
On a side note, surprised Servite was able to control SJB as they did last night
especially on the SJB home field. The visiting team most everything being equal
gives up on average three points or so, having to play on the opponents field.
It was an interesting game plan Servite had, all in all, it obviously worked.
This is the year for Servite do it. I don't see it happening next year for them.
(barring transfers of course)
Real talk, I don't follow the high school scene as closely as I used to. So I am likely not in the know and am just curious how you find it be riddled with contradiction.
This team was picked back in the youth sports, some 5 years ago. a process.
H. Thomas is a beast! Been hitting the weights with pops for years, no days off, and now its paying off!
Kid showed some speed too with a 71 yard run to the house vs a fast Bosco team.
Troy should be up for coach of the year awards and is probably game planning for the biggest game of his families life. A MD vs Servite final.
Kids get those bodies iced up, rejuvenated and be ready to bang some heads one last time.
hit the lights
Been a fan of Thomas since I watched him play in the 80's. He and Crespi coach Tim Lins were good friends, and Lins encouraged him to take the reigns for his first HC job at his alma mater.
Recorded the Bosco/Servite game and couldn't believe how his son shined with all those D1 guys around. Man that was cool and frankly I would NEVER have predicted it. Plus, Houston just hands the ball to the ref after the play; none of the BS show boating.
Coach Thomas definitely isn't perfect, but IMO Servite is fortunate to have him. Two times now he's come and developed a struggling program into a competitive program. Interesting guy.
I think most of the guys who star for Bosco and MD wouldn't work in the Thomas scheme. Troy appears to me to thrive on the David and Goliath theme, and gets regular looking guys (sometimes not regular looking guys, like his son), to take it to opposition that the eye test says would dominate. My favorite Crespi games back in the day came with Thomas either coaching the defense, or manning the helm.
Joefutbol seems to me to want to prep for disappointment with his predictions of Servite losses, but I'm not sure about this one. MD is far superior (I think) in the raw talent and depth categories, but the Friars seem to me to be a better team. Cool stuff that someone is challenging Bosco and MD. Even if it's only two teams, Servite and CC.
I would need some Servite guys to confirm this but I recall hearing that Thomas use to not let his guys miss a weekend practice to take a recruiting visit. Not sure whether this is true. If it is then you could say he is not a ‘players’ coach’.
Also this coming from a MD person so take it with a grain of salt…. Thomas has just always seemed a bit smug and condescending to me. Just sort of has always rubbed me the wrong way.
Plays favorites- ? Hes the coach, he plays the best.
Why wouldnt this game be at a bigger venue, with all the private school money?
Cerritos college, Cal St. Fullerton, STUB HUB?, ANAHEIM STADIUM? SO FI?
Instead it at a one sided stands, vet stadium?
hit the lights