Dwain Spillman Jr – Journal Sports
OLLA – One Tiger left LaSalle parish Friday night still roaring while the other Tiger’s roar was reduced to a kitten’s purr.
The St. Mary’s Tigers drubbed LaSalle, 56-8, on the road in the district 3 1-A opener for both schools. The victory places St. Mary’s (4-1, 1-0) in the early driver’s seat and atop the district while LaSalle (3-3, 0-1) has lost twice to Natchitoches Parish schools (Lakeview) after starting 3-0.
“We just played at a different level tonight,” St. Mary’s head coach Aaron York said after stepping off the school bus on the return trip from Olla. “Overall, it was a good team win. Everyone got to play and gained experience and that can be big for us moving through district.”
After both teams struggled to gain momentum during their first offensive possession, St. Mary’s drove quickly down the field on its second attempt with quarterback Adam Parker finding the endzone on an 11-yard keeper.
Soon after, Parker spotted Ben Bienvenu on a 31-yard connection for a touchdown. Short 1-yard and 3-yard bolts by running back Conor Jordan added scores in the first quarter as the rout was on and St. Mary’s gained the 28-0 advantage after one quarter.
“Truthfully, it was hard to get into a rhythm, which is necessary, on offense because it seemed like every time we touched the ball we scored,” York said.
York’s reference was a result of St. Mary’s posting just 30 offensive plays on the night to produce the 56-point total.
Parker connected with Joe Metoyer on a 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to take a 35-0 advantage while Metoyer pushed the mark to 42-0 with a 14-yard jaunt heading into the locker room.
Metoyer ran directly into the heart of the LaSalle defense on a 52-yard running play to find the end zone in the third quarter to move the mark to 49-0. St. Mary’s then moved into cruise control and subbed players from the bench in an effort to give the young players game-time experience.
“We are finally starting to believe in ourselves,” York added. “We are putting everything together that we have been working on this season, and it comes at a good time (district play). Defensively, we didn’t allow LaSalle to cross the 50-yard line with our starters in the game.”
Parker directed the offense again and connected on 7-of-8 passes for 148 yards with two scores. Metoyer led all rushers with four attempts for 75 yards while Mixon Bankston had two rushing touches for 34 yards. Bienvenu led the receiving corps with three catches for 60 yards as Ethan Busby hauled in two receptions for 33 yards.
Defensively, St. Mary’s held LaSalle to 140 yards of total offense while Logan Watson recorded six tackles (2.5 sacks and 3 for loss). Junior placekicker Payne Williams continues to shine on the special teams converting all seven of his point-after tries on the night.
PHOTO: Elizabeth Yopp/St. Mary’s Media Relations