Bus woes cannot slow down St. Mary’s Tiger scoring after a 15-minute delayed start


Trent Friedel
St. Mary’s kicked off to start the game and the teams traded three and outs before Payne Williams pins the DeQuincy Tigers at their one-yard line. The stout run defense strands the home Tigers and they punt giving St. Mary’s good field position at the DeQuincy 31.
On third and six, Adam Parker executed the QB draw to perfection running 28 yards to pay dirt and the Tigers took an early 7-0 lead after the PAT by Williams. Neither team can get much done and the SMH defense is shutting down the run well with Logan Watson crushing the middle from his linebacker position. St. Mary’s coughs up the ball in DeQuincy territory after starting a good drive and the quarter ends with St. Mary’s leading 7-0.
A penalty puts DeQuincy in the red zone, but they return the favor and fumble back to SMH. St. Mary’s scored midway through the second, again on the feet of Parker, to take a 14-0 lead. The visiting Tigers were not content to kneel on the ball to end the half up by that score. With under a minute, the Tigers executed to perfection moving the ball down the field and ultimately scoring with 18 seconds before half on a 36-yard pass from Parker to Ethan Busby.
DeQuincy regrouped enough at the half to score a third quarter touchdown, but it was quickly answered by three more Parker rushing scores. DeQuincy was only able to convert 4 of 17 third downs. Parker ended the evening 9 of 13 in the air for 210 passing yards and a touchdown and chewed up the ground gaining 107 yards rushing and five scores.
Drake Griffin added 101 rushing yards and Williams led receivers with 91-yards on four catches. Connor Jordan filled in well for an injured Joe Metoyer and had seven carries for 33-yards. St. Mary’s had almost 500-yards of total offense.
42-14 was the final score and the Tigers had no trouble finding rides home with a solid win despite losing three fumbles. The win propels the Tigers to 3-1 and a bye week before opening district action on the road at LaSalle. Coach Aaron York still thinks his team has yet to play its best ball. Ball control and penalties continue to plague Saint Mary’s and York knows that will cost his team in a close game. The off week will allow the Tigers to heal some players.