Ever since Larry Favre took over at Slidell High School in December 2012, there has been anticipation for the re-emergence of the Tigers football program.
After a 10-0 performance en route to winning Sixth annual Southeast 7-on-7 Invitational over the past two days, the future may be now.
Slidell defeated Covington 31-2 in the championship game on Saturday afternoon to capture the tournament championship. After going 5-0 in pool play, the second-seeded Tigers defeated Fisher, Northshore, Hammond, Holy Cross and the Lions to claim the tournament championship.
“We have been working hard all summer long,” Slidell quarterback Wayne Griffin said. “My teammates have a work ethic that is just downright ridiculous on both sides of the ball. We work extremely hard outside of the stuff you have to do in practice. Every player on this team is pushing their teammates to work just that much harder. That, to me, is a sign of a really good football team.
“I know coach Favre has such high expectations for this team, in particular my senior class. He keeps telling us every time we see him that this is the year of the tiger. We are starting to see the results on the field. We won this tournament and we came in second place recently at the 7-on-7 at Southeastern Louisiana. All of our hard work is starting to pay off, and it is a great feeling to see the work starting to pay off with success on the field.”
Having to deal with a heat index well over the 100-degree mark on the turf at Lakeshore High School, the story of the championship game was the Slidell’s defense against Covington.
In a battle between the two oldest high schools in St. Tammany Parish, SHS held the Lions to only two completed passes, stopping them on downs five times in the win.
Griffin finished the championship game completing 7-of-20 passes for three touchdowns. Griffin’s three touchdowns went to Tirrel Sylvas, Terry Baham and Tito Simmons.
“Chemistry is so important in the game of football and 7-on-7 tournaments like this help you to develop and sharpen it,” Griffin said. “You can’t be successful on the football field without it. I know Terry and I can give each other a look, and we know what to do out on the field. Tirrel Sylvas is a huge receiver that has really started to step up for us. He is working extremely hard. Trey Reed is a new running back for us and is making plays and Tito Simmons is a young, but talented player that we are going to rely on for plays.”
The top seed in the tournament after bracket play, Covington defeated Chalmette in its first game of the day on Saturday, before falling to Holy Cross. Dropping into the losers bracket, the Lions defeated Northlake Christian and Rummel before winning a rematch against Holy Cross to advance to the title game.
“All in all, I thought the weekend was very productive for us,” Lions coach Greg Salter said. “I saw a lot of good things on both sides of the ball. That speaks volumes.”