BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports
LOGANSPORT — In what’s become an annual battle for the district crown, St. Mary’s made sure that it’s their name that will be etched on the 2022 trophy as they suffocated Logansport in a 24-8 victory Thursday.
The Tigers (7-1, 3-0 District 3-1A) defense led the way, intercepting three Logansport passes and holding the home team to 237 offensive yards.
St. Mary’s was particularly stifling on third down as Logansport (6-3, 2-1) converted just 3-12.
All of that defensive prowess was rewarded by a St. Mary’s offense that grinded out 19 first downs and orchestrated lengthy scoring drives.
Running back Joe Metoyer put the Tigers on top with a nine-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.
After a Payne Williams 29-yard field goal boosted St. Mary’s edge to 10-0 early in the second quarter, quarterback Adam Parker connected with Mixon Bankston for a 17-yard touchdown strike to build a 17-0 late in the first half. Bankston added one of three St. Mary’s interceptions, joining Ethan Busby and Adam Parker in that category.
But Drake Griffin was the most visible Tiger on offense and defense. Griffin led St. Mary’s ground game with 97 rushing yards and one touchdown, a 27-yard run which came midway through the fourth quarter to drive a stake in Logansport’s comeback attempt.
He also led the defense with six solo tackles.
Logansport attempted to claw back into the contest with a 4-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that sliced St. Mary’s lead to 17-8. But St. Mary’s stellar defense was too much.
But the rushing of Griffin and Parker’s aerial attack (167 yards on 19-30 passing) was enough to knock Logansport off-balanced.
In every season since the two stalwarts joined the same district in 2012, one of their names has adorned the district trophy, but St. Mary’s secured its second district championship in three years as they try to start a new streak like the one from 2011-2015.
St. Mary’s has a two-game winning streak in Logansport, an unheard of statistic since the Purple and Gold Tigers have risen to power starting with its 2016 state title.
This season, St. Mary’s has held its last four opponents to single-digit points and six of eight foes this season.
The Tigers wrap up the regular season hosting Northwood-Lena before readying themselves for the Division IV Select Playoffs.