St. Mary’s wallops Peabody to win as Busby scores five touchdowns

Receiver Ethan Busby accounted for five touchdowns Friday as St. Mary’s rolled to a 58-6 win against Peabody.

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports 

ALEXANDRIA – St. Mary’s topped the 50-point mark for the first time this past week against fellow Class 1A member LaSalle. 

But this week, an athletic Peabody squad from Class 4A was visiting. 

It didn’t matter. 

The Tigers dominated both sides of the ball as St. Mary’s won its fifth straight with a 58-6 walloping of Peabody. 

It’s St. Mary’s (5-1) first win against a Class 4A member since 2019 (beat Grant 47-6). 

Ethan Busby found the end zone five times (four on offense, one on defense) to lead a St. Mary’s attack that rolled up nearly 400 offensive yards. 

Busby finished with 197 receiving yards on nine catches as he was quarterback Adam Parker’s favorite target. Parker threw for 312 yards on 16-20 passing and five touchdowns.  

“I thought Adam threw the ball very well,” said St. Mary’s coach Aaron York. “I think one good thing about our offense is when the opponents take away one part of our game, we can attack another area. 

“They took away our run game and underneath routes, and we were able to buy tie in the pocket and allow Adam to get the ball down the field to Ethan.” 

Peabody started the scoring with a 77-yard strike before St. Mary’s defense didn’t allow another point. 

When considering the negative yards St. Mary’s caused, the Warhorses (3-4) barely gained another yard, finishing with 79 total yards. 

St. Mary’s forced more turnovers (five) than first downs allowed (three). 

“We showed different fronts defensively,” York said. “I thought that kept Peabody off rhythm. Apart from one play, our defense played very physically.” 

The deep threat Busby scored St. Mary’s next three touchdowns, catching passes of 60, 11 and 24 yards as the Tigers grabbed a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

After Joe Metoyer snuck in for a 1-yard score, the Busby show returned. 

Busby caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Parker before intercepting the Peabody quarterback and returning that for a score. 

“I still don’t think this is our best performance,” York said. “We still have little things we have to correct if we want to achieve our goals.” 

The Tigers return to district play when they host Montgomery on Friday. 

Scoring Summary 

Peabody             6            0            0            0            —            6 
St. Mary’s           20          21          17          0            —            58 

P — #2 77 pass from #6 (kick failed) 

S – Ethan Busby 60 pass from Adam Parker (kick failed) 

S – Busby 11 pass from Parker (Payne Williams kick) 

S – Busby 24 pass from Parker (Payne Williams kick) 

S – Joe Metoyer 1 run (Payne Williams kick) 

S – Busby 49 pass from Parker (Payne Williams kick) 

S – Busby interception return (Payne Williams kick) 

S – Williams 37 pass from Parker (Payne Williams kick) 

S – Williams 24 field goal  

S – Tucker Johnson fumble recovery (Braylon Normand kick) 

Individual Stats 

Passing 

S – Adam Parker 16-20, 312, 5 TD; Mixon Bankston 0-1 

P — #6 5-15-4, 92, 1 TD; #9 0-1 

Rushing 

S – Drake Griffin 4-30, Joe Metoyer 12-23, Adam Parker 3-14, Conor Jordan 1-4, Mason Britain 1-2, Hudson Methvin 1-0. 

P — #1 3-6, #22 1-6, #24 5-(-2), #6 4 (-3), #9 7-(-14). 

Receiving  

S – Ethan Busby 9-197 4 TD, Ben Bienvenu 3-65, Payne Williams 2-43, Mixon Bankston 1-10, Drake Griffin 1 (-3). 

P — #2 1-77 TD, #24 1-7; #83 1-4, #21 1-2, #32 1-2. 

Photo: Elizabeth Yopp/St. Mary’s Media Relations