Oct 12, 2013 10:19 AM by Steven Albritton
Another week of high school football is in the books, but at St. Thomas More High School, their head coach and senior football players made a "big" appearance in the stands before the game even started.
Early Friday, USA Today honored Head Coach Jim Hightower as the best high school football coach in Louisiana.
"I'm kind of overwhelmed, but of course I feel ridiculous that I'm being singled out for this, but then I started thinking as a representative of our coaching staff I'm proud to do that because we've got a fine coaching staff and they're really what makes our program what it is," Coach Hightower said.
He will now compete with other winners from the across the nation for the title of National Coach of the Year. He is one of four coaches in history with 300 wins in the state of Louisiana. The students of St. Thomas More had a surprise ready before the game.
"I couldn't even start to think because my students surprise me every single day," Hightower said.
Senior Bailey Hagen thought up the idea on how to honor their coach and also all the senior football players.
"We wanted to show how important the seniors were to our football team and it's senior night, and Coach Hightower is like a role model to the whole team. We love him," Hagen said.
Before the senior football players were introduced. The student section held up huge cut out pictures of all of the seniors, including Coach Hightower. Coach could only smile at the surprise he saw in the stands looking back at him.
"I love STM. STM is a really special place and it's filled with a lot of really special people. You know I've always been proud to represent St. Thomas More.
St. Thomas More dominated Westgate 38-8 and improved to 6-0 for the year. Don't forget to vote for Coach Jim Hightower as the USA Today National Coach of the Year!