Jacob Mayberry ran for 242 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lift St. David over host Valley Union in Elfrida Friday.
The win, the Tigers’ second consecutive, improves St. David’s overall record to 4-2, heading into Friday’s road encounter in Hayden.
The Tigers’ offense put up 20 points in the first quarter and never looked back. St. David scored on running plays from Mayberry from 61 yards out, Myka Campbell on a 20-yard run and Jeremy Stafford who scored on a 52-yard run. Kristian Sether booted two of the three conversion attempts, which gave the Tigers the 20-0 lead at the first quarter.
The Tigers were on the scoreboard again in the second quarter with Mayberry recording his second touchdown of the game on a 39-yard gallop. Mayberry also ran in the two-point conversion.
The Valley Union Blue Devils also scored in the second quarter on a touchdown reception but were unable to convert on the two-point PAT attempt, giving the Tigers the commanding 28-6 advantage at the end of the first half.
The Tigers showed no signs of slowing down, putting up 14 more points in the third quarter on Mayberry’s second 61-yard scoring run, followed by Jeremy Stafford’s 41-yard run. Sether’s PAT kicks were both good to give St. David a 42-8 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Tigers would score one more touchdown on Stafford’s 69-yard run in the fourth quarter. Sether added the kick to cap the Tigers’ scoring.
The Blue Devils, meanwhile, scored their second touchdown of the game, returning the St. David kickoff 90 yards for the score. The conversion attempt failed for the final 49-12 count.
So far, the season has not been a typical one for the Tigers. Friday’s victory marked the first time this year that St. David has won twice in a row. The Tigers entered the Valley Union game off a lopsided 69-12 homecoming triumph over Bowie -San Simon on Sept. 21.
St. David’s pounding ground game garnered a whopping 549 yards on 38 carries, while quarterback Shane Bradford completed two-of-five pass attempts for 39 yards and an interception.
In addition to Mayberry’s 200-yard-plus effort, Stafford picked up 162 yards on three carries for a 54-yard average. Mayberry’s three TDs give the senior running back 16 touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, Val Allred and Johnny Schmidt turned in stellar efforts with nine tackles each, while Mayberry enjoyed a solid effort on defense as well with seven tackles, while Myka Campbell and Tel Dillman followed with six tackles each.
Bradford, Chase Francis, Stafford and Cyr McFarland each recorded four tackles on the night.