St. Martin’s Episcopal coach Michael Odom isn’t overly surprised by his team’s 6-1 start and five-game winning streak.
Odom, in his 13th season in charge of the Saints, was optimistic coming into this season.
“Expectations are high this year,” Odom said.
“I knew it was going to take some time as far as getting the football guys to jell, so to speak, and get some game experience, but we liked what we had coming back.”
The Saints return to action Thursday when they host the St. Martin’s Invitational Tournament.
St. Martin’s plays Haynes Academy at 4:15 p.m. in the second game of the tournament. Hannan and Lusher play the opener at 3 p.m.
The eight-team, three-day tournament ends with Saturday’s 2:45 p.m. championship game.
The tournament had previously been played at Ecole Classique, but St. Martin’s became the host team this season.
“It’s going to be a good competitive tournament,” Odom said. “It’s basically all of the same teams. There are some really good solid teams and good solid competitions this year.”
Other teams in the field are Northlake Christian, E.D. White., Ecole Classique and defending tournament champion Episcopal.
St. Martin’s enters the tournament having posted wins over Thomas Jefferson (twice), Pine, Hannan, Fisher and Ridgewood. The lone loss was against Ascension Catholic.
“We aren’t shooting the ball as well as we should, but our defense and rebounding has been really good,” Odom said.
Point guard Brandon Womack, a returning all-district player, is the leading scorer for St. Martin’s.
He is joined in the starting lineup by four players who also play on the football team: Desmond McGovern, Ethan Robarts, Kevin Bird, and Will Dean.
He is also getting valuable minutes off the bench from Brett Pfefferle, Mason Wooton and Hayden Nugent.