Tigers to tackle Buckeye under Friday night lights


Colin Vedros | Times Intern

Saint Mary’s varsity football reflects on past mistakes and readies for their next challenge against Buckeye. Last week brought some late mistakes, ending in a 43-23 loss to Abbeville.  “We are looking to clean up our mistakes from the first week,” Aaron York, head coach for the St. Mary’s Tigers, said. “Our challenge this week to the players has been to play four quarters and finish. If we can fix our mistakes and finish all four quarters, we will win Friday night.”  Offensively, the Tigers edged out in the first half, however defensively St. Mary’s fell short once Abbeville began to run the ball more.

#10 Adam Parker, quarterback for St Mary’s, hands the ball off to #8 Jaydyn Jackson, running back. Photo by Matt Danna

“This week against Buckeye, we are not expecting them to throw the ball much,” St Mary’s senior Graeme Fidelak said. “So, as long as we are tough up front we shouldn’t have any problems stopping them.”

The running game worked out in St. Mary’s favor. A majority of the Tigers’ success last Friday led to their near victory; if only the game ended in two quarters.  Even with those struggles late causing the loss, St. Mary’s remains confident in their chances this week.  “I’m very confident in our offensive game plan this week,” senior Jaydyn Jackson said. “I think if we can execute, we shouldn’t have any problems putting up points on the board.” Overall, week one was a learning experience for the team that is eager and prepared for week two.

The Tigers play Buckeye Friday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in Turpin Stadium.

This article published in the Sept. 11, 2021, print edition