Trent Friedel | Exclusive to the Times
Saint Mary’s hosted the first ever homecoming behind the East Fifth street school on Friday, hosting district contestant Northwood Lena. The Tigers scored on their opening possession driving 55-yards on a mix of pass and run culminating with a 10-yard pass to Graeme Fidelak who coughs up the ball after a vicious hit to the midsection, but Ben Bienvenu is there to run it in.
Saint Mary’s scored again in the first quarter after driving down the field again. Senior Jayden Jackson celebrates homecoming with a three-yard run and Payne Williams adds the point after. Tigers enjoy an early 14-0 lead over the Gators. The double tight double wing offense propels the Gators into SMH territory on the running of #3 and #10. Gators score on a toss and pass that the Tigers were not ready for. The point after fails and the lead is trimmed to seven.
Adam Parker scores twice in the second quarter. First on a 10-yard read option run off the left side and second on 47-yard run of the same variety after the defense halts the Gators. The defense had five down linemen trying to stop the run heavy Gators. Northwood chewed up five minutes of the second quarter clock to score again from 3-yards out on the feet of #3.
Saint Mary’s answers with a Drake Griffin running touchdown but the kick after fails. The Tigers lead big 34-12 at halftime. As usual, the defense makes adjustments and denies the Gators the end zone until replacements are in for Saint Mary’s.
The Tigers added 13 more points in the second half, none prettier than a 36-yard pass from Parker to Bienvenu. Bienvenu was on fire with six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns. He added six tackles on defense. A running clock in the fourth quarter abbreviated the game but not the atmosphere.
The Tigers run their record to 5-1 with a 47-18 victory and continue district action this week against the Block Bears. The game originally scheduled to be played at Block has been moved to NSU Thursday at 7:30 p.m. due to Block’s field conditions.
Block is winless this season and will have trouble with a Tiger high power offense. Saint Mary’s needs to stay focused in preparation for Block coming off a big homecoming win.