By Matt Vines, JOURNAL SPORTS
NATCHITOCHES – Balance.
St. Mary’s employed an effective ground game with a perfect passing game as the Tigers trounced Holy Savior Menard 35-7 in Turpin Stadium.
The Tigers poured on the first 28 points to ground the Eagles early, including three touchdowns in the first quarter.
St. Mary’s (2-1) whipped Menard (1-2) in the trenches, rushing for 249 yards while holding the Eagles to 100 rushing yards.
Quarterback Adam Parker was perfect in the passing game, completing 13-13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
“We had a great night,” said St. Mary’s coach Aaron York. “We ran the ball and threw the ball well because we established the running game to set up our passing game. We played really physical on defense and played lights out to hold Menard down like they did.”
St. Mary’s got the party started when running back Joe Metoyer sprinted 30 yards for a touchdown, finishing with 115 yards on 15 carries.
The rest of the quarter belonged to Parker, who found Drake Griffin for a 7-yard touchdown strike before doing it himself with a 1-yard plunge.
The Tigers led 21-0 in the first quarter, and they coasted from there.
Parker added a 7-yard connection to Ben Bienvenu in the third quarter for a 28-0 edge. Parker added 47 rushing yards to his efficient passing performance.
After Menard found the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard pass from Michael Henry to Jaden Lewis, St. Mary’s finished the scoring on a Griffin 4-yard run.
To pair with his pair of touchdowns, Griffin supplied 54 rushing yards and nine receiving yards on 10 total touches.
Ethan Busby might not have found the end zone Friday, but he led the Tigers with 83 yards on four catches and logged an interception on defense.
A bizzare Menard stat? The Eagles are 1-0 against Class 5A with a 32-13 win against Pineville. They are 0-2 against Class 1A with a combined 56-14 margin.
St. Mary’s continues to take its show on the road as the Tigers head to Class 2A DeQuincy for the third road game of the season. The Tigers play four of their first five away from home.
St. Mary’s 35, Holy Savior Menard 7
Score by quarters
St. Mary’s | 21 | 0 | 7 | 7 | – 35
Menard | 0 | 0 | 0 | 7 | – 7
St. Mary’s – Joe Metoyer 30 run (Payne Williams kick)
St. Mary’s – Drake Griffin 7 pass from Adam Parker (Williams kick)
St. Mary’s – Parker 1 run (Williams kick)
St. Mary’s – Ben Bienvenu 7 pass from Parker (Williams kick)
Menard – Jaden Lewis 43 pass from Michael Henry (Ryan Hicks kick)
St. Mary’s – Griffin 4 run (Williams kick)
Rushing – SMS, Metoyer 15-115 TD; Drake Griffin 8-54; Parker 7-47 TD, Connor Jordan 5-19, Mixon Bankston 1-14; HSM, Rubin Seastrunk 23-99, Gavin Hilton 3-7, Cooper Scott 2-4, Michael Henry 4 (-10).
Passing – SMS, Parker 13-13-0, 159, 2 TD; HSM, Henry 11-17-1, 128 TD.
Receiving – SMS, Ethan Busby 4-83, Ben Bienvenu 3-46 TD, Payne Williams 2-17, Drake Griffin 2-9, Mixton Bankston 1-2, Camden Litton 1-2; HSM, Jaden Lewis 4-85; Gavin Hilton 3-40, Seastrunk 1-12, Davis 1-12, Cutter Knowles 3 (-9).
Photo: Elizabeth Yopp, St. Mary’s Media Relations