St. Mary’s remains in district lead with domination of Montgomery

HAMMER DOWN: St. Mary’s Adam Parker hands to Conor Jordan, who led all rushers with 89 yards Friday as the Tigers dismantled Montgomery 62-0.
That’s exactly the way St. Mary’s coach Aaron York described the entire experience as the Tigers wrapped up homecoming week by thrashing Montgomery 62-0. But the enjoyment was compounded by the atmosphere surrounding the contest.
Northwestern State’s Turpin Stadium was off-limits because of the Demons’ early homecoming tilt Saturday, so the Tigers enjoyed the chance to play on their own natural turf off of East Fifth St. just steps away from their hallowed academic halls.
“This is fun,” York said. “This has been so enjoyable to play on campus and not have to pack everything up and haul it across town to make a game happen. We appreciate NSU to the fullest for hosting our home games and everything they do for us. But playing on campus this week, on natural grass, in fall temperatures — it’s old-school Friday night football. It’s just fun.”
It’s also fun when a team is on a six-game winning streak. 
St. Mary’s (6-1, 2-0 District 3-1A) will duke it out against Logansport (6-2, 2-0) for the defacto district title this coming Friday.
But the Tigers got off to somewhat of an anemic start even though St. Mary’s led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. York gathered his team and dealt them the business.
“I thought we started slow, and I had to get their attention,” York said. “I reminded them that this team was very capable of beating us if we came into the game expecting any different. Then we scored on the very next play.”
That play was a 57-yard jaunt from Joe Metoyer as the Tigers pushed their advantage to 20-0 seconds into the second quarter. St. Mary’s dumped 28 points in short order, and the rout was on, allowing York to empty his bench in the second half with younger guys getting valuable reps.
“It all starts up front with our line on both sides of the ball,” York said. “We are only as good as our front, and I just challenged our line. They stepped up and answered the call.”
St. Mary’s scored two defensive touchdowns and one through special teams. Drake Griffin recovered a blocked punt in the endzone while Logan Watson found a Montgomery fumble for a score. Nathan Slaughter returned an interception for a touchdown as well.
St. Mary’s needed just 337 yards of offense on just 36 plays. Adam Parker threw for 101 yards on 6-12 passing and a touchdown in limited action. Mixon Bankston hauled in Parker’s touchdown pass, sporting the No. 6 jersey of close friend Ben Bienvenu, who is sidelined for the rest of the season as a result of serious injuries from a car accident this past week.
Conor Jordan led all rushers with 89 yards while Metoyer chipped in 68 yards on just two carries. Nine Tigers recorded carries while 10 different players logged at least one tackle.

Turning his attention to the looming district title matchup against Logansport, York said, “Next week is the week.” 

Scoring Summary
Montgomery  0     0     0     0     –    0
St. Mary’s       13    35     14    0     –    62
S — Joe Metoyer 11 run (kick failed)
S — Drake Griffin 1 run (Payne Williams kick)
S — Metoyer 57 run (Williams kick)
S — Adam Parker 5 run (Williams kick)
S — Griffin recovers blocked punt (Williams kick)
S — Fumble return Logan Watson (Williams kick)
S — Nathan Slaughter interception return (Williams kick)
S — Mixon Bankston 2 pass from Parker (Braylon Normand kick)
S — Bankston 14 run (Williams kick)
Individual Stats
M — Jaqualyn Moore 7-76, Justin Thornton 3-0, Haiden Nelson 1-(-10).
S — Conor Jordan 7-89, Joe Metoyer 2-68 2 TD, Drake Griffin 5-64 TD, Mixon Bankston 2-15 TD, Mason Brittain 1-7, Hudson Methvin 1-0), John Paul 1-(-2), John Paug Thibodaux 1-(-2), Preston Tilley 1-(-2), Adam Parker 2-(-3).
M — Haiden Nelson 7-23-3 56.
S — Adam Parker 6-12 101 TD, Preston Tilley 1-2 0.
M — #18 1-24, Ashton Nelson 3-17, Jackson Nelson 2-13, Moore 1-2.
S — Bankston 3-58 TD, Griffin 1-22, Payne Williams 1-16, Ethan Busby 1-5, Chalin Gandy 1-0.
PHOTO: Elizabeth Yopp/St. Mary’s Media Relations