The Saint Mary’s Tiger football team traveled to Magnolia, Ark., on the weekend before Father’s Day to compete in the Mulerider Shootout tournament. The seven-on-seven tournament was on the campus of the University of Southern Arkansas. Sixteen teams from Louisiana and Arkansas participated in classifications from 1-A to 6-A with St. Mary’s the smallest school.
Undeterred by size, the Tigers showed up and showed out. St. Mary’s went undefeated in pool play with wins over 4A North Desoto, 27-8; 2A North Caddo, 18-7; 4A Nashville, 32-15; and 6A El Dorado, 26-15. After pool play, the emerging #1 seeds included North Caddo, Captain Shreve, Calvary Baptist and Saint Mary’s.
North Caddo defeated Captain Shreve and St. Mary’s beat Calvary Baptist by one point, 23-22. The victory set up a Championship rematch of St. Mary’s versus North Caddo. The Tigers dug deep to pull off a 21-19 win to be crowned the SAU Mulerider Tournament Champion.
A couple of days prior to the SAU tournament the Tigers went undefeated in the Alexandria 7V7 league winning four straight games.
The stellar performance at the University of Southern Arkansas garnered a couple official football scholarships for Saint Mary’s players. Drake Griffin and Ben Bienvenu both received their first official offers from the Muleriders. Also getting plenty of attention in advance of the upcoming season are Senior Quarterback Adam Parker and his favorite targets, junior wideouts Ethan Busby and Bienvenu. Both are on the Cenla area players to watch list for this season.
Coach Aaron York and his staff, along with his players, are hosting a youth football camp June 27-28. Coach York can be contacted at the school for more information. Much more to come this summer for hot seven-on-seven action. Stay tuned as the Tigers get ready for regular season games. It remains to be seen if summer success transitions to regular season wins.