AAA blog: St. Pius gets back to Standard’s roots

On the surface, No. 5 St. Pius  at Savannah’s Benedictine might seem like a strange fit, but there are connections between the two Catholic schools beyond their religious affiliation. The two schools had never played before last year, when the Cadets visited St. Pius, which rolled to a 42-19 win. St. Pius coach Paul Standard’s family lived in Savannah before moving to Atlanta and he has several family members who attended Benedictine. St. Pius Principal Steve Spellman also attended Benedictine.
The Lions executed very well last week, rushing for 345 yards, including 135 from senior Geno Smith, and outgained Westminster by more than 200 yards, but needed a score in the final minute to win. “When the game got tight our kids battled back,” Standard said.
Benedictine lost to Blessed Trinity 17-14 last week, a near-complete turnaround from a 44-0 loss to the Titans in 2010 …

Cairo linebackers Terrell Cason and Paul Davis made plays all over the field for the No. 4-ranked Syrupmakers in their 7-6 win over Drew last week. Cason had 10 tackles, one sack and blocked a punt, one of three kicks Cairo blocked in the game. Davis added nine tackles and two sacks.
Cairo coach Tom Fallaw was happy overall with his defense and special teams made the difference, but he came out of it with some concerns. The Syrupmakers, who averaged 38 points per game in the 2010 regular season, managed just over 200 yards of total offense.
“You have to give Drew a lot of credit,” Fallaw said. “They came down here and played a great game.We had some issues with kids fatiguing, and they were the fitter team.” The ‘Makers face southwest Georgia rival Bainbridge Friday night…
In Region 4, Stockbridge to 17 total tackles from LB Jayshun Allen in a 28-12 win over Dutchtown last week. Now, says coach Kevin Whitley, comes the hard part.
“We’ve got to learn how to handle success,’ said Whitley, in his third season at the Henry County school. “When I came to this program, they hadn’t won much. We made the playoffs last year, and I told them making the playoffs is not enough.”

In the familiarity breeds contempt department, Murray County will be on the opposite sideline from its long-time coach Bill Napier, who is now the offensive coordinator at Dalton, as noted in this story from the Chattanooga Times-Free Press: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/aug/19/old-enemy-now-big-help-to-dalton/?print …

Say this for the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, they’re entertaining. The Raiders, who beat Murray 70-0 in their season operner, have scored 120 points in their last two games. The defenisve shutout was their first since 2007 …

A little history — Though it encountered five of its remaining nine opponents for the first time in 2010, defending AAA champion Sandy Creek hasn’t lost to any school left on its schedule since 2002, when the Patriots lost to Fayette County.

3 comments Add your comment

Patriotdad

August 30th, 2011
11:40 am

I’m First!
Everyone needs to take heed to Region 4AAA this year. Drew, Henry County, Stockbridge, Eastside, and Sandy Creek WILL make noise this year.

C-town

August 30th, 2011
2:07 pm

Patriotdad: Way to start the blog sir repping region 4. People might think its just Sandy Creek and a bunch of also-rans, but I think this region top to bottom is one of the best in AAA. Along with the teams you mentioned, expect Spalding and Eagle’s Landing to be tough out this year. Spalding especially, with Coach Davis who is going to get the most out of some great talent down there in Griffin. Not looking past anyone but really looking forward to seeing the Creek come to Sharp on OCT 1 to have their 33 game win streak broken LETS GO EAGLES

Cedar Grove Fan

August 31st, 2011
8:10 am

C-Town good luck the rest of the year, you know your football, thanks for talking about Johnathon McCrary, he is a SUPER kid as well!!