ST. DAVID — The football season came to an abrupt halt Friday for the St. David Tigers.
That it came in the opening round of the Class 1A, 8-man, state championship playoffs despite a season filled with obstacles and injuries served as notification the Tigers’ march back to football prominence is headed in the right direction.
No. 12 St. David drew first blood against fifth-ranked Hayden when Kason Jacquez returned a fumble 5 yards for a touchdown. But that would be it for the Tigers as the Lobos reeled off 48 unanswered points.
The Tigers trailed 8-6 at the end of the first quarter and 28-6 at the half.
St. David gained 23 yards on the ground while Logan Davis completed 26 of 53 pass attempts for 270 yards and five interceptions with Jacquez catching nine passes for 100 yards, Jacob Goodman two catches for 62 yards and Talon Haynie brought down seven catches for 43 yards. The Tigers had 293 yards in total offense. Talon Haynie and Jacquez had 12 and 11 tackles respectively to lead the defense.
“No excuses, we got beat,” said coach Braden Davis. “Hayden is a solid team. They block and tackle very well and they have much more depth than we do right now. They shut down our running game and even though we are primarily a passing team, we need to be able to run better than we did to set up a lot of our passing attack. Missing four starters was tough for us. Defensively, we started one junior and the rest freshmen and sophomores. I was still very proud of our guys. We played hard and matched their physicality. We did not quit. We had very few penalties. We moved the ball and made first downs, but couldn’t get the ball into the endzone like we usually can and couldn’t stop their strong running game.”
The loss gave the Tigers a 5-4 record overall.
“This was a good season. Early injuries really hampered us and we dropped a couple of games early on that put us on the wrong end of the rankings, but we were able to battle back with a bunch of young guys and won some key games to put us in the playoffs. We’re graduating just three players, so will have lots of returners and look to have a championship caliber squad next year,” the coach said.