MATCHUP: St. Mary’s Tigers vs. Westminster Academy (Opelousas) Crusaders
The 47th Annual St. Mary’s Catholic School Steak Supper fundraiser offers $50 tickets for a steak dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Tickets are available at the school’s front office today during school hours.
WHERE/WHEN: Friday, 6 p.m., St. Mary’s practice field, behind the school
RECORDS: Preseason scrimmage.
LAST GAME: Last game was in the 2020 season for both teams
NOTES: The Tigers have 30 players on the varsity squad, and are looking to build depth … not playing junior high football last fall has hampered development of young Tigers … St. Mary’s junior quarterback Adam Parker was honorable mention All-State and earned All-District in 2020 after throwing for over 1,500 yards once he became the starter going into the third game … SMHS has two outstanding receivers, senior Graeme Fidelak and sophomore Ethan Busby … Gavin LaGrange, a senior, anchors the offensive lineman, while Jaydyn Jackson is the featured running back … end Drake Griffin, linebacker Ben Bienvenu, and safety Mixon Bankston will lead the Tigers on the defensive side … sophomore Payne Williams could be as good a kicker as there is in Class A. He will also handle punting duties.
TIGERS COACH AARON YORK SAYS: “The work ethic of our kids has been outstanding. We push them pretty good and they work. We have 30 kids, and every day all 30 show up, and they have all summer. Our quarterback is going to be the guy this year. He’s our playmaker. He makes us go. Our biggest things are staying healthy and building depth. We have some really good freshmen, and a really good group of kids who are new to football. If we can get 4-5 of them to give us meaningful minutes, we’re going to be a tough out. We have 13 players who play offense, then they turn around around and play defense, and they play special teams. It’s Iron Man football.”
NEXT UP: The Tigers line up in jamboree competition against parish rival Lakeview at 6 o’clock next Friday night at Northwestern’s Turpin Stadium. St. Mary’s stays home to kick off the regular season, hosting Abbeville Sept. 3 at Turpin.
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