The Tommie football team had an amazing season full of victory and success. They won their first 14 games
by more than one touchdown, were MIAC champions and
made it to the NCAA title game in Salem, Va.
St. Thomas played its biggest rival, St. John’s, twice
this year, and was victorious both times. ESPN brought
“SportsCenter on the Road” to Collegeville for a pre-game
segment of the Tommie-Johnnie game on Sept. 26 that
featured the rivalry. The teams have played every season
since 1952. The No. 12 Tommies had a 35-14 victory over
the No. 8 Johnnies. Junior Jordan Roberts had a high-scoring game. The Tommies could have run out the clock
with 2: 22 remaining, but Roberts broke loose for another
touchdown, and the crowd went wild.
At Homecoming on Oct. 17, the Tommies beat Hamline
78-7. Thirteen players had points and showed the balance
and depth of the team. The Tommies were known for
crushing opponents this season, including a 80-3 victory
over Carleton on Nov. 7.
On Nov. 24, 19 players were named to the 2015 All-MIAC football first or second honor teams.
The team traveled to the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. on
Dec. 19, to take on Mt. Union, the same team they played in
2012 championship game. The Tommies twice held leads,
but finished runner-up after a tough 49-35 loss. Following
the Stagg Bowl, Roberts was named national Offensive
Player of the Year by d3football.com, St. Thomas’ top
individual award since d3football.com began honoring
two players annually in 2005.
Senior David Simmet was nominated for the 2015 Good
Works Team selected by the American Football Coaches
Association (AFCA), and was one of four national finalists
for the Gagliardi Trophy as Division III Football Player/
Citizen of the Year. “Football has taught me less about
blocking and hitting and more about being a dynamic
person who has the mental toughness to handle adversity
when it is thrown into my life,” Simmet said.
By Emma Bassier
minic Truoccolo scores a touchdown against the La
ards in the NCAA first round playoff game on Nov. 21.
dvogel touches the Pride sign outside Palmer Field after
ohn’s on Nov. 28 in the second round of the NCAA
avid Simmet and Zach Brennan line up against the
fense on Sept. 12.
Photo by Lauren Peterson