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By Trent Friedel, exclusive to the Times

Saint Mary’s returned home Friday to face Cedar Creek. The Tigers were coming off a resounding victory against the Tensas Panthers and the Cougars were looking to rebound after a loss to the Loyola Flyers. The first home game of the season didn’t quite play out as hoped.

Cheerleader action was in abundance as the Tigers held their annual cheer clinic during the week and the young ladies showed off their new skills before the game and at halftime. Cedar Creek won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick from the Tigers. The Cougars waisted no time going to work. They took control on their own 25 and on the first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Brooks Auger ran for 40 yards on the option play to the left.

A mere six plays later, the Cougars punch it into the endzone on the pitch play to left from about 6 yards out with Logan Johnson on the run. The point after is good and Saint Mary’s trails early 7 – 0. The Tigers start their first drive at their own 35. A good drive stalls at the 15 and Payne Williams Jr. is called on to kick a field goal.

The young kicker just can’t get the ball over the cross bar from 32 yards out and the Cougars take over on downs. A costly third down penalty on the Tiger defense keeps the drive alive for Cedar Creek…

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