St. Mary’s, Lakeview aiming for three-game win streaks this week

St. Mary’s defender Braylon Normand brings down a Buckeye ball carrier as the Tigers defense has made it difficult on all three opponents this season.

BY DWAIN SPILLMAN JR, Journal Sports

DEQUINCY — Tigers meet Tigers this week, and it’ll be a battle of which Tigers are more physical.

The St. Mary’s Tigers (2-1) travel to Calcasieu Parish for their Week 4 non-district collision with the Tigers of DeQuincy (0-3).

“We are going to have a battle on our hands this week,” said SMS head coach Aaron York. “They are 0-3 coming into this game, but they are not an 0-3 team. We are not going to sneak up on them by any means. They are very big and play very physical.”

After blowing out long-time rival Menard last week by a 35-7 mark, York emphasized the Tigers’ focus for the week.

“We started preaching to our kids early in the week,” York said. “We cannot afford to have a let-down game after such a huge win last week again Menard. After a high-emotion, high-stakes game, we have to immediately turn around and find that emotion again.”

Reviewing the Menard victory, York was pleased with his team’s overall effort. He described his team starting fast on offense against the Eagles, slowing somewhat in the second quarter but then pouring it on in the second half.

“We also played very physical and with a lot of emotion on defense,” York added.

Against Menard, the Tigers racked up 408 offensive yards sparked by quarterback Adam Parker’s perfect night through the air, connecting on 13-13 attempts for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Joseph Metoyer, with his offensive line stepping up in a major way, led the rushing charge with 15 attempts for 115 yards while the Tigers totaled 249 yards on the ground.

Defenders Ben Bienvenu, Braylon Normand, Drake Griffin, Conor Jordan, Ethan Busby, Payne Williams and Mixon Bankston helped lead the Tiger charge in holding Menard to just 228 yards of total offense.

DeQuincy has struggled to keep opponents off the scoreboard, allowing an average of 40 points per game in losses to Westgate, Loreauville and South Beauregard.

Lakeview prepped for homecoming tilt with LaSalle

CAMPTI – The excitement will be palpable Friday in Campti, and not just because Lakeview celebrates its homecoming.

The Gators (2-1) have an opportunity to win their third straight game, which would be its longest winning streak since 2019.

Standing in the way of that feat is undefeated LaSalle (3-0), which shut out its first two opponents before disposing of Merryville, 43-16, this past week.

Lakeview pieced together its second straight rout with a 38-6 whipping of Northwood-Lena and have won the past two weeks by a combined 71-12.

“I think we handled our business,” Helms commented about last week’s outcome. “It was our first road trip, and there is so much to deal with taking our team on the road. But our kids responded and handled it all very well.”

Helms said the Gators still have plenty of room for improvement, including in areas critical to knocking off a LaSalle opponent that’s scored at least 40 points in each of the first three contests.

“I don’t think we played great (last week),” Helms said. “However, we played well in spurts, and we definitely saw improvement in all areas. We are so proud of our kids and the hard work they have put in. We just try to work hard each and every week to continue to improve, and our team is doing just that, putting in the work.”

Helms noted that LaSalle enters the contest with a ton of confidence.

“They are definitely riding a high right now,” Helms said. “They really haven’t been tested so far this season. We are going to see what we can do about that this week. Because they are coming in on a high, it’s been easy to sell our game plan to our kids.”

Helms said the excitement level in the community is great and only encourages Gator fans to support his deserving team.

“This week is homecoming, what more can you say,” Helms said. “I just encourage our fans and especially our alumni to get involved and support our kids because our kids are working so hard to be successful.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Swamp.

PHOTO: Elizabeth Yopp/St Mary’s Media Relations


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