The St. Thomas football program is at a crossroads as it heads into its penultimate home game Saturday against Concordia (Moorhead). The Tommies are 5-2 overall, 3-2 in the MIAC and for the first time since 2009, Glenn Caruso’s program is on the outside looking in at the national polls.
Four women’s teams and three men’s teams from Minnesota have been picked for the NCAA Division III basketball tournaments.
There were 21 seniors on the St. Thomas football team that left Palmer Field at O’Shaughnessy Stadium Saturday with both bittersweet and thrilled emotions. After giving up 13 early points, the Tommies outscored Concordia (Moorhead) 34-7 the rest of the game in a 34-20 victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.
It should be a playoff-like atmosphere in St. Paul Saturday when No. 18-ranked St. Thomas hosts No. 21-ranked Concordia (Moorhead) as both teams are fighting for their postseason lives. The Tommies (6-2, 4-2) will have their playoffs ended with a loss, less than a year removed from a run to the Division III national championship game.
St. Thomas coach Glenn Caruso said last Saturday’s game at Concordia would be “no slam dunk,” but the Tommies sure made it look easier than expected with a 48-30 win over the Cobbers in Moorhead.
St. Thomas, now ranked No. 3 in the latest Division III national poll, face a long road trip to Moorhead and have a formidable opponent in front of them in the Concordia Cobbers.