St. Mary’s coaches and players knew they had a big challenge going to Logansport Friday night to play for the District 3-1A championship, and it would take the Tigers’ best game to prevail.
No dice. Although a courageous fourth-quarter comeback briefly provided hope of a second straight miraculous rally against Logansport, this year the LHS Tigers punched back with a pair of late scores to secure a 50-23 victory over the visiting Tigers.
A year ago, St. Mary’s scored 15 points in the last 17 seconds to stun Logansport 46-45.
Friday night, St. Mary’s scored 13 straight in just over two minutes to snatch the momentum and draw within 36-23 with 6:01 remaining.
But right away, Logansport threw another lightning bolt on a 79-yard touchdown run 14 seconds later. After stopping SMHS, Logansport got another long play before locking down the win on an 11-yard TD 2:26 before the game’s end.
Logansport scored on big plays of 30, 65, 52, 60 and 79 yards among its seven touchdowns as it piled up an astounding 625 yards, 348 on the ground. St. Mary’s totaled 307 yards, 206 in the air.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal contributed to this report.
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