St. Mary’s, Lakeview looking for first wins of season Friday

St. Mary’s running back Joe Metoyer attempts to break away from an Abbeville defender during a Week 1 loss. The Tigers are back on the road Friday when they head to Buckeye.

By DWAIN BROWN JR, JOURNAL SPORTS

BUCKEYE — Searching for consistency is what this season is all about for St. Mary’s coach Aaron York and his Tigers.

Coming off of a solid performance against Class 3A powerhouse Abbeville in which St. Mary’s took an early lead on the road, York described the outcome as “no moral victory.”

St. Mary’s (0-1) aims to correct some mistakes made in Week 1 as they load up the bus for a second straight week as the Tigers journey to Rapides Parish this Friday to compete against Buckeye (1-0). Kickoff in Deville is set for 7 p.m.

“We just have to be more consistent,” York added. “I thought we competed very well against a very big and strong team last week,” York said as he analyzed his team’s effort against Abbeville. “However, going into this week, we told our team that there are no moral victories. A win is a win and a loss is a loss.”

Buckeye will be the second straight Class 3A opponent on St. Mary’s tab this season. The Panthers handed familiar foe Block a 27-12 defeat in the first week of the season.

“I think we match up well with Buckeye,” York said. “It is definitely going to be a very competitive game. I know their coach and his team will be very disciplined and well-coached.”

After holding a 7-6 advantage at the half last week at Abbeville, the Tigers came up short in the second half, yielding a 21-7 decision to their hosts, who is ranked No. 7 in the Class 3A preseason polls.

The Tigers’ leader complimented his team for not recording a turnover in Week 1 action.

However, a few dropped passes and a couple of other miscues changed the course of the game at Abbeville.

“We have to learn how to finish a game,” York said. “We had put ourselves in a really good position to beat a really good team, and we just didn’t finish.

“Defensively, we shut them down in the first half. One or two little things that go a different way in the second half, and it could have completely changed the outcome potentially.”

Lakeview hosts Montgomery in second straight home game

Lakeview (0-1) will also hone in on “correctable” mistakes made during the first week of the season as they host Montgomery (0-1) this Friday in a 7 p.m. kickoff.

“This week will be completely different for us,” said Lakeview boss Brandon Helms as he looks at the Gators’ opponent for Week 2. “D’Arbonne ran right at us last week and only threw the ball one time.

“Montgomery will no doubt try to spread us out and attack us in areas down the field.”

Montgomery dropped a tough 54-6 decision to rising Class 3A power Grant to open the 2022 season.

“Montgomery is well coached,” Helms said. “They are undersized but they play very hard. They play very hard every play of the game. The key this week is that we just have to match their intensity — it is just that simple.”

The Gators battled D’Arbonne Woods Charter to the final whistle before succumbing to the Timberwolves 17-6.

Lakeview committed just one turnover in the contest but were only 2-10 on third down offensively.

“We just made too many mistakes offensively, and we had a few dropped balls,” Helms added. “We just have to clean up some things offensively, and those are correctable mistakes. Our defense played hard. We had three stops on fourth down with less than three yards to go, so I am more than proud of our defense.”