St. Mary’s has sights set on Dist. 3-1A title


Trent Friedel | Exclusive to the Times

Saint Mary’s Tiger Football team is on the road to compete for the district 3-1A title figuratively and literally. The Tigers’ only roadblock last week was the one encountered by the bus while taking a detour to get to Montgomery. Once the bus arrived, it was all St. Mary’s on the field.

This article published in the Oct. 28, 2021, print edition
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The visiting Tigers scored early and often in the contest leaving no doubt about the eventual outcome. Saint Mary’s scored first on a 13-yard pass from Adam Parker to Ben Bienvenu and Payne Williams added the PAT. With less than three minutes off the first quarter clock, SMH led 7-0. The Tigers strike again with just under five minutes off that same first quarter clock on a 33-yard pass from Parker to Graeme Fidelak. Add the kick and its a very early 14-0 game. The next dagger is on the feet of Parker as he rushes 15 yards to the end zone. The scoreboard shows 21-0 and the first quarter has yet to expire.

The one and only Montgomery score came on the ensuing kick as #1 finds a seam and runs 93 yards for the score. Drake Griffin is next man up to score in the first minute of the second frame on a 16-yard run. The kick is good, 28-6. Parker goes back to the air for next score with another Tiger receiver and Nathan Slaughter hauls in a 27-yard pass for the score.

Fidelak wants more as one of the four seniors on the team and adds another on a 30-yard punt return. With 7:46 remaining on the clock before the halftime break, Saint Mary’s leads 42-6 and a running clock is instituted for the remainder of the game. Parker connected once more with Dalton Waters on a 32-yard score, but the PAT fails. Final score 48-6.

Montgomery could only achieve three first downs in the contest. Saint Mary’s had another balanced attack with 298-yards of total offense with 167 on the ground and 131 through the air. The victory sets up the pre-season predicted District title matchup this Friday on the road between Saint Mary’s and Logansport.

Saint Mary’s is currently sitting in the #5 spot in Division IV power rankings with a 7-1 overall record. Logansport is .500 with a 4-4 record but don’t let that fool you. They are also undefeated in district play and have only allowed seven points in those contests. Logansport always has athletes on the team, and they have revenge on their mind after last years miracle game. Saint Mary’s will have to use all their weapons to prevail. They will have to spread the wealth so the Logansport defense cannot key on one or two players.

Coach Aaron York said, “We’ve had a great work week; the kids are focused, and I look forward to seeing them perform Friday night! This will be a physical game on both sides of the ball. Logansport is a good team with really good athletes and I’m ready to see us play at a high level.”

It will be physical, and it will be a test, but Saint Mary’s has played like a team on a mission. They played up in competition all pre-district in preparation for this game. No detours or roadblocks this week, the Tigers need to keep grinding down the road toward the playoffs.