Tigers make Gator stew in victory over Lakeview

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Senior Logan Watson makes an impressive tackle. Photos by Mason McCart

Mason McCart
And so St. Mary’s hot streak begins! Even though the Tigers haven’t even started their official season yet, they are already two victories deep with their wins over East Beauregard and Lakeview.
Leading the way into the new season is QB Adam Parker. Parker is a senior with his eye on the prize for his last year of high school football. With his prospects high, he has his team standing beside him ready for action. Due to the shortened 15 minute halves for the jamboree, the Tigers did not waste any time getting down to business. The first points came from a stellar play made by Parker who helped set up a first and goal on the 1 yard line for an easy touchdown run in by RB Joe Metoyer. Metoyer is a fellow senior who is finally in action after sitting out the entirety of last season due to a LHSAA rule pertaining to switching schools. He previously hailed from Natchitoches Central.
Veteran Kicker Payne Williams worked his magic and scored the extra point off the touchdown to help the Tigers come up 7-0.

This article published in the Sept. 1, 2022, print edition

However, the Gators made known their efforts to win. With a stunning pass that gave the Gators leeway to run 75 yards for a touchdown, the score was quickly bumped up to 7-6 after the Gators failed to snag an extra point with their field goal. The Tigers weren’t fazed by the touchdown as they quickly gained momentum through the end of the first half.

With Parker leaping into the end zone on a 2 yard run as well as completing a 16 yard touchdown pass to Junior WR Ethan Busby, St. Mary’s secured a heavy lead over their opponents with a score of 21-6 at the end of the first half. The Tiger’s defense continued to hold strong throughout the second half, completely blocking Lakeview from scoring any more points.
The Gators also held strong and prevented the Tigers from scoring another touchdown. However, Williams managed to kick one last field goal on a fourth down and the game was sealed. With a final score of 24-6, St. Mary’s finished on top once again in a wonderful ending to their pre-season.
Next week, the Tigers get down to the nitty gritty with their season opener against Abbeville. St. Mary’s hopes to avenge last year’s 23-43 loss against the Wildcats and start their season strong, but will they achieve this?
Find out the answer to that burning question Friday, Sept. 2 in Abbeville at 7p.m.