Flores Has First Offer

Matt Flores was a big factor in St. Thomas More's 13-1 season last year, and he returns to the starting lineup this fall for the Cougars, who drop down from 5A to 4A. Flores is a versatile athlete who plays three different positions on offense...

"Southern has offered me as either a slot receiver or a running back," said Matt Flores (5-9, 180). "Northwestern State has said they'll do whatever it takes to get me up there, and they have two former STM players on the roster."

Flores and the Cougars are coming off a dream season in which they won 13 games in a row before dropping a semifinal matchup to Acadiana. In fact, STM was the only program to beat Acadiana on the field* in 2010. The Cougars ripped the Rams by a 42-17 margin in district play.

Moreover, STM was the only Louisiana school to beat 2A state champ Evangel Christian, and the Cougars went on the road to do it. STM's final win of the year came in the 5A quarterfinals against arguably the most talented team in the state, the St. Augustine Purple Knights.

"That St. Aug game was unbelievable," said Flores, who accounted for 2,000 all-purpose yards and 27 TDs. "It's something we'll always remember.

"We have a great staff and our summer workouts are a big, important factor in our success. We have so much leadership on each team. Everyone encourages each other to be better and do better."

STM sent two seniors (safety Sam Scofield and tight end Evan Tatford) to Tulane, and Flores would like to follow their lead.

"I camped at Tulane and their facilities are amazing," he said. "They have a very good staff. The coaching is great. It's a good place where I would fit in well. The players Tulane recruits are guys who do well in a fast-paced offense.

"I'm also hearing from UL (Ragin' Cajuns), New Mexico, McNeese State and ULM. I've gotten some handwritten letters from ULM."

Last year, Flores split snaps at QB with Brandon Bergeron.

"The plan is for Brandon, Jon Juneau (running back) and myself to be on the field together as much as possible," said Flores. "We should have a strong team again, but we need to continue getting physically stronger this summer. Then, we'll need to have a good camp prior to the season."

A game to watch will be STM versus crosstown program and new district rival Teurlings Catholic.

*Acadiana was forced to forfeit a handful of regular season wins due to an ineligible player. The Rams subsequently won the 5A state championship.

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