NATCHITOCHES – If Friday night was any indication on how Class 2A might look this year, you can pencil in the Many Tigers as one of the top contenders.

NATCHITOCHES – If Friday night was any indication on how Class 2A might look this year, you can pencil in the Many Tigers as one of the top contenders.

In just 30 minutes, the Tigers took host St. Mary’s to the woodshed, picking up a 37-0 victory over the Natchitoches Parish version of the Tigers on Friday at Turpin Stadium on the campus of Northwestern State University.

“I really like where we are right now, but we still have a long way to go,” Many head coach Jess Curtis said. “We did some good things out there tonight, but we did some things that we need to correct. We didn’t get off the field defensively and we had too many penalties.”

St. Mary’s took in the opening kickoff and promptly turned the ball over as sophomore Darion Miller recovered a fumble at the Many 45.

On the ensuing play, Many quarterback Xavier Dias found his brother, Isaiah Smith, on a 55-yard touchdown strike. With Alex Castro’s extra point, Many owned a quick lead, 7-0.

St. Mary’s was able to move the ball down the field, getting a little help from a facemask penalty against Many. St. Mary’s got to the Many 22 before its drive stalled, allowing the Sabine Parish version of the Tigers to take over at their own 32.

Behind the running of James Carhee, Kentrell Maxie and Kelvin Gosey, Many marched right down the field, covering 68 yards in 10 plays, culminating with a 4-yard touchdown scamper by Carhee and a 14-0 lead.

St. Mary’s was forced to punt on its next possession and Pepi Kennedy got a piece of the ball on the rush. The ball bounced out of bounds at midfield 42, giving Many the ball in excellent field position.

After a 9-yard run by Maxie, Dias hooked up against with Smith on a 41-yard touchdown pass and a 20-0 lead, which would be the lead at the intermission.

Many opened the second half with a scoring drive, going 53 yards on just six plays. Blaze Brazil gained 11 yards to open the drive and covered the final 15 yards for the touchdown and a 27-0 Many lead.

Castro added a 27-yard field goal a little later and freshman running back A.J. Carter scored on a 1-yard touchdown run at the end of the contest, securing Many the 37-0 triumph.

“We are playing some pretty good football, but it’s going to get much tougher,” Curtis said. “We go on the road to Winnfield in our opener and they have lots of athletes and a great coaching staff. We must be ready to play in a very tough place.”

Dias completed both of his passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns, both times going to his brother, Smith.

Maxie ran the ball six times for 54 yards, while Brazil had 31 yards and a touchdown on three carries. Carhee had six carries for 30 yards and a touchdown, while Carter added a touchdown and 29 yards on four totes.

Hunter Bedgood led St. Mary’s with 40 yards on eight carries.

Many takes to the road for a 7 p.m. contest on Sept. 5 against rival Winnfield.