Colin Vedros | Times Intern
If it’s not the Louisiana State University Tigers, it’s a Tigers team north of Alexandria that takes its talents to new heights in their run for a state title. They will rise to the challenge against any opponent.
“They’re a better 0-6 team than the record indicates. They have some athletes.”
That was Aaron York, head coach for Saint Mary’s Catholic varsity football team, talking about the challenge heading into Block this Friday. With St. Mary’s in close proximity to the top of Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s 1A District 3 rankings, it’s no surprise York’s Tigers control their own destiny heading into all district games to finish the season.
“It’s just up to us to answer the bell,” York said. “I believe we will.”
St. Mary’s, 5-1 overall and 1-0 in District 3-1A, notched their first district win over the Northwood (Lena) Gators in a 47-18 takeover win last Friday. The Tigers played their Homecoming on their own field, a sight not seen very often, but kept the Tigers defense in a good position to win despite some new faces.
“Our biggest thing is how our secondary plays,” said York. We’ve got some new faces there and while their ability is not a concern, it’s just communication. This will test our mettle to see how we can rally together and have backups step up into starting roles. We have three regulars out this week, and we’ll see how we can pull together and step up.”
Answering the bell has been a task quarterback Adam Parker is not afraid to excel in. The Tigers’ QB1 cooked up the offense into dropping 47 points against a struggling 2-4 Gators team only putting up 18 points.
With multiple awards, including a Top Player of the Week in the Alexandria area, Parker leads the St. Mary’s Tigers offense to 204 points this season and poses a threat to a winless Block team that has only put up 18 points up all season.
Block comes off of a demolishing defeat, taking a 40-0 loss to Logansport, the top team on the District 3-1A leaderboard. Those Tigers, along with the St Mary’s, sit in top 10 spots in their division rankings respectfully; Logansport sitting sixth in Class 1A rankings and St Mary’s at 10th in Class IV.
“I don’t think there will be a mental letdown because we’ll have kids playing bigger roles than before, and they’ll be focused in,” said York. “We just need them to do what we know they can do.”
St Mary’s will take on Block tonight, Thursday, Oct. 14 in Turpin Stadium at 7 p.m.