ST. DAVID — It was a win the Tigers needed and one they hope carries over into Friday’s homecoming game.
St. David walloped host Valley Union 68-0 in 1A, 8-man football on Friday to improve to 3-3 overall. The game was not a sectional game, that one will occur with Valley Union on Oct. 18. St. David is 2-1 in league play.
“Big win against our rival,” said St. David coach Braden Davis. “We played well, took care of the ball and got four takeaways... Defense stepped up and offense scored every possession. We made fewer penalties but still too many.”
Logan Davis completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for 208 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another while Brayden Merrill and Robbie Gooding ran for touchdowns as well. Running back Talon Haynie gained 107 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown to lead the Tigers’ 224-yard run attack. St. David amassed 432 yards total offense.
Merrill led the defense with six solo tackles and four assists and Cody Didion recorded eight tackles.
The Tigers led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and 44-0 at the half, adding 16 third-quarter and eight fourth-quarter points.
St. David returns to the friendly confines of Apache Nitrogen Stadium on Friday having last played at home in the Aug. 29 season opener. A schedule cancelation and an added replacement game has contributed to St. David having only played one quarter and a half of football on their home field.
Davis expects a battle from a “much improved” Baboquivari team entering the section game 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the section.
“It will be a tough game, but we’re excited and confident,” said Davis.