St. Mary’s on two-win streak

Saint Mary’s offense took control of the ball the majority of the 31-17 win. Mixon Bankston, #1, said this was one of the most fun games he’s ever played. Photos by Elizabeth Yopp

Colin Vedros | Times Intern

Saint Mary’s varsity football (2-1) takes another win as they come out victorious with a 31-17 win against Holy Savior Menard (0-3). It’s smooth sailing for the Tigers with their two game win streak overall.

“As a whole, I feel we played our best of the season so far but we still had a lot of mistakes that we need to fix to be great,” Adam Parker, senior quarterback for the Tigers, said.

“I feel we controlled the line of scrimmage all game on offense and defensively, pitching the shutout in the second half was huge and when your team does that, it makes it really easy on a quarterback.”  Parker went 21-31 completions with 237 yards through the air, and added another 66 yards on the ground with 11 carries and two touchdowns.

This article published in the Sept.23, 2021, print edition

“We had multiple players step in big moments throughout the game, some of which having to play more than they ever have. This creating depth is gonna make it really fun to watch for the rest of the season,” Parker said.

One of those players is Mixon Bankston, sophomore wide receiver and cornerback for St Mary’s. His excitement for game pulled through for the Tigers defense to create great opportunities to win.

“Friday night’s game at Menard was one of the most fun games I’ve ever played,” Bankston said. “The atmosphere was unmatched, from our fans tailgating two hours before game time to a packed house at kickoff.”

Bankston said the Tigers’ offense set the tone early and offensively played one of the best games all season. Going into the half down 17-14, St Mary’s knew it was going to be a fight all night.

“In big time games you need all the players stepping up! I feel like everyone stepped up when we needed it the most,” Bankston said.  St Mary’s will play the Oakdale Warriors (2-1) this Friday, Sept. 24 in Oakdale at 7 p.m.