St. Thomas football enjoyed another long season. Once again unstoppable in the regular season, the Tommies elicited a large crowd at Tommie-Johnnie, made it to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals and had many players recognized at both local and national levels.
All of these accolades show the depth and talent of St. Thomas football. To name a few: senior Alex Fenske was named MIAC MVP, senior Michael Alada was 2016 West Region Defensive Player of the Year by
D3football.com, senior Luke Hermann represented St. Thomas on the MIAC Sportsmanship Team, the
Tommies had six MIAC Players of the Week and D3Football.com featured Tommie defense in a video.
Undefeated in the regular season, St. Thomas’ closest game was 23-20 at Concordia on Oct. 8. After this
game, Fenske commented on the importance of working together. He said, “Football is the ultimate team
game, and my role, no matter what position I play, is no bigger than anybody else. That’s the beauty of football.” Though a close game, the Tommies proved their strength on the field when they put their mind to it.
This year’s Tommie-Johnnie game, held in Collegeville on Sept. 24, saw a Tommie victory with a final score of 33-21. For Anthony King-Foreman, a senior defensive lineman, this game stands out
in his memory, specifically “the sack fumble touchdown I was a part of. Everyone took care of
their responsibilities, and I happened to be in the right place at the right time.” He recognizes this moment as a team success, showing how all of their teamwork and dedication pays off.
On Oct. 22, Head Coach Glenn Caruso won his 100th career game as a college football coach, and the
team celebrated the 600th victory in program history in the 71-20 win against Hamline. On Dec. 3, the season ended in a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals against UW-Oshkosh. The Titans
controlled much of the first half, but St. Thomas came back in a strong third quarter. Senior Ryan Winter
blocked a Titan punt and ran it back for a touchdown, and senior Nick Waldvogel contributed two touchdowns. Tied with 2: 30 left in the game, the Tommies gave up an interception, costing them the game.
St. Thomas ended with a 12-1 record for the 2016 season, and next year looks bright. As Fenske said, “From
where this team started to where we ended up, there was such a tremendous growth in chemistry, experience, and heart. No matter what came at us, we never quit believing in one another, no matter the situation.”
“NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE TO PLAY IN A GREAT PROGRAM THAT
ALLOWS YOU TO GROW AS A MAN AND AS A FOOTBALL PLAYER.”
- ANTHONY KING-FOREMAN ‘ 17
70 Football //
vs. UW Eau Claire W, 42-6
vs. UW Stout W, 57-17
vs. Carleton W, 62-10
vs. St. John’s W, 33-21
vs. Augsburg W, 55-7
vs. Concordia-Moorhead W, 23-20
vs. Hamline W, 71-20
vs. Bethel W, 27-6
vs. Gustavus W, 40-6
vs. St. Olaf W, 73-7
vs. Northwestern W, 43-0
vs. Coe W, 55-6
vs. UW-Oshkosh L, 34-31