St. Pius 49, Grady 16

By Jeff Haws

For the AJC

If there’s one truism about football, it’s this – without the ball in your hands, you can’t score.

St. Pius scored three touchdowns before Grady ran its second offensive play Friday, turning a battle of unbeatens into an early rout during a 49-16 win.

In a season when the Class AAA No. 2 Lions ran out to a 7-0 record, outscoring their opponents by an average of 35 points per game, this was supposed to be the big test to see just how good they were.

On this night, though, No. 7 Grady (7-1, 4-1 in Region 5-AAA) wasn’t up to the challenge, allowing the Lions to gain 387 rushing yards, along with the inside track for the region’s No. 1 seed.

St. Pius (8-0, 5-0) marched 62 yards for a touchdown on its first drive, then recovered a short ensuing kickoff to take the ball back on the Grady 38-yard line.

Four minutes later, the Lions were in the end zone again on a Ryan Braswell run, posting a 14-0 lead.

The offense wouldn’t have much time to rest, though. On the Grey Knights’ first play from scrimmage, they fumbled the ball back to St. Pius on their own 35.

Five plays later, quarterback T.J. Holloman – subbing for injured starter Trey White – scampered in from 18 yards to put the Lions up 21-0 with 57.4 seconds left in the first quarter.

At that point, St. Pius had run 20 plays – all runs – for 145 yards, while Grady had only run one for zero yards and a turnover. That resulted in a three-touchdown hole the Knights could never dig out of.

Grady got its shot at getting back into the game when the Lions muffed a punt back to the Knights at the St. Pius 47.

When that drive stalled inside the St. Pius 10, though, the Knights had to settle for a 23-yard field goal. And that was little consolation when the Lions again went straight down the field to go up 28-3 with less than a minute to go in the first half, effectively putting the game away.

St. Pius had four players gain 65 or more rushing yards, the vast majority of those coming during the first three quarters before coach Paul Standard pulled most of his starters from the game.

Holloman led the way with 109 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries. Ryan Braswell (102 yards), Geno Smith (68) and Jake DeLany (65) all posted good numbers for the Lions.

The Lions’ 49 points tied for the most Grady has allowed in a game since Nov. 22, 2002, when the Knights lost to Greater Atlanta Christian 52-48 in the first round of the playoffs.

S 21 7 14 7 – 49

G 0 3 7 6 – 16

S – Trey Holloman 1 run (Thomas O’Leary kick)

S – Ryan Braswell 1 run (O’Leary kick)

S – Holloman 18 run (O’Leary kick)

G – Dorian Greene 23 FG

S – Geno Smith 4 run (O’Leary kick)

S – Holloman 27 run (O’Leary kick)

S – Holloman 10 run (O’Leary kick)

G – Darren Dowdell 8 pass from Kevin Taylor (kick missed)

S – Nick Ruffin 2 run (O’Leary kick)

45 comments Add your comment

ATL

October 21st, 2011
11:06 pm

Grady is waaay over rated taking advantage of an extremely weak schedule. Next year we’ll see what they are really made of when they get in a region where they have to play a good team week in & out,

WarEagle

October 21st, 2011
11:26 pm

What’s the deal with Trey White’s injury? Is it serious?

ATLViking

October 21st, 2011
11:37 pm

I had no idea he was injured until the game started. Certainly hope its not serious

Hamlton

October 21st, 2011
11:37 pm

Sprained knee I think. Looked like he was walking OK after the game last week. Starting FB was out tonight also. Life is good when your 2nd string QB runs for 4 TD and your 2nd string FB runs for 100+ and a TD.

ATLViking

October 21st, 2011
11:40 pm

Thanks Hamlton, I hope thats all it is. Cant say I wasnt a little worried when they said he was out. All worry was eliminated first drive. Your right about that, life is good. Really shows the depth on the team, they have so many weapons. This really is a great team.

Hamlton

October 21st, 2011
11:41 pm

BTW, in the scoring summary that should be TJ Holloman, not Trey Holloman! Get it right AJC!

Hamlton

October 21st, 2011
11:45 pm

TJ has subbed in a few of games in the last two years. In three games as a starter he has about 500 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.

ATLViking

October 21st, 2011
11:47 pm

He is a great athlete. Great 2 way player. If im not mistaken he is one of the leading tacklers on the D

Tech82

October 22nd, 2011
12:13 am

Given that he was starting as the backup QB, I was surprised to see Coach Standard playing Hollomon both ways. If he had gotten hurt on the defensive side of the ball, we would have had our third string QB under center. Regardless, it was a great win! This year’s team could have some major accomplishments before it’s over.

????

October 22nd, 2011
12:18 am

Everytime TJ plays QB they dominate ….Why is Trey White starting? Hmmmm …..If you want to win State I think he must start….

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
12:28 am

Have you ever watched Trey White play? He is phenominal. He is a 3 year starter and has more than earned his spot. T.J. Is a great player too. He also plays defense and is a leading tackler. If Coach Standard thinks Trey starting and T.J. cycling in offense and playing defense is the best way to use his weapons then Im behind it, he is a great coach.

????

October 22nd, 2011
12:34 am

Yes, Who’s recruiting Trey White for QB or any position? How did they do against Grady last year with Trey at the helm? It sounds like the only position White can play is QB and he’s not interchangeable but the the team is not better under his leadership…

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
12:41 am

Well last year isnt a good argument, considering Pius beat Grady 2 years ago 37-13 with Trey playing qb. So hes 1-1 against Grady. Im certainly not arguing against T.J., like I said, hes a great player and hes an outstanding athlete. Just saying, Trey consistently puts up great numbers at qb, so as a coach, wouldnt you start him at qb and utilize T.J. in different positions on offense AND defense. Its good use of your weapons. Oh, and why do you think the team isnt good under his leadership? Just curious why you think that

SWATS SWANGA

October 22nd, 2011
12:46 am

Holloman is the better QB but…… its SPX. They want win ship with TREY at QB.
http://youtu.be/kaWMeg0UOTo

????

October 22nd, 2011
12:48 am

Well, you didn’t say anything about Geno playing RB and DB but If you have a weapon that’s more effective at QB why not use it. This kid amassed 500 yds rushing in 3 games and you are starting a kid that hasn’t come close to those #s. But what do i know…..again if Trey is so gifted at QB where are the recruiters. TJ gives SPX the ability to compete with the upper echelon teams and Trey doesn’t …just my football analysis….no horse in this race but i know football….

Hamlton

October 22nd, 2011
12:48 am

I a am huge TJ fan, but it is hard to argue with Trey at QB. He is a punishing runner and he is a good leader. That said, it drives me bonkers to see TJ at wideout matched up one-on-one against a 5′10 CB and not get the ball thrown to him more than he does. TJ can be a powerful offensive weapon – he should be used a bit more in that capacity.

Hamlton

October 22nd, 2011
12:53 am

I know Standard values Trey as QB and thus does not play him both ways, but can you imagine him at some other positions? He would be one scary beast on defense.

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
12:53 am

I get what your saying, I really do.You make good points. I understand what your saying but sometimes you have to trust that the coach knows what hes doing. I believe Coach Standard does. But I also do know the way that Trey is a leader to that team, having gone to St. Pius. He is there guy at qb. The coaches and the other players believe in him.

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
12:54 am

Their, not there, haha

????

October 22nd, 2011
12:55 am

Come on Hamlton, we all know TJ is a more physical and punishing runner than Trey. 6″‘3 220. Lets call it what it is ….This team will not win State with Trey at QB. They will put 8-9 in the box and shut his read option down.

????

October 22nd, 2011
12:59 am

ATLViking, mark my word Trey will come back from injury and they will lose in the 2nd round in the playoffs but you have your answer @ QB running pass patterns when you throw the ball 6 times…..

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
1:06 am

You may be right. All I can say is we will see. Its just not always that simple as a this guy or another at qb when it comes to winning a state title. Like I said, I went to Pius, I want more than anybody for them to win a state title.So its not like I would want a guy to play who is going to lose for sure. Even though there are more important things than football titles. Well, for all intents and purposes, it will be the most important thing here on this board right now as we discuss football. haha

Dome bound

October 22nd, 2011
1:20 am

Bigger question is why isn’t Paul Johnson trying to get either of them at QB at Tech? Trey is faster but TJ is stronger. White is fast enough to play A back and Holloman could play B back too. Johnson must be blind! No way SPX loses in second round even if they have to play the JV QB ! This team is going to at least the final two!
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Hamlton

October 22nd, 2011
1:41 am

I think we have more solid running options this year than ever before. Any of 4 backs on a given play can take for good yards. And we have Hawgs. That will be tough to defend at any point in the playoffs.

And I am with you on that, Dome Bound! Where is Paul Johnson and Tech? SPX could be their minor league team. We have speedy wing T players groomed from grade school, awesome DBs, we even have talented receivers that never get any passes thrown to them (go Kevin!!!). What more could he want?

Golden Hawgs

October 22nd, 2011
7:29 am

Trey Whote has the intangibles that you are looking for as a QB and a leader. The guy has a will to win that is as strong as any I have ever seen since Tebow. TJ is EXTREMELY gifted as well……it is a nice prob to have. This team just has so many weapons……my FAV is their #22 secret weapon. Everyone talks about #4 and #12 but that #22 is sneaky good. Coach used him well early against Grady last night and it caught them off guard. this team is special.

Grey Lion

October 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

Coach Standard (and his staff) has done a fantastic job of rebuilding this program to the level it currently enjoys. They have built the program on conditioning, discipline to fundamentals, a sense of brotherhood and a stone cold commitment to that triple option dive play. The success can’t be denied. Obviously, most of the personnel decisions they are making are on the money. But I admit, sometimes it’s hard to watch, especially in the playoffs when the teams you face are tougher and just as disciplined as you are. That’s when you need the extra wrinkle to win the game. Against Peach County (quarterfinal) 2 years ago, Pius had a wideout who could go to the house anytime you got him the ball. He put the knife in Marist’s heart (at Marist – yes that was sweet) with 2 TD’s including a 75 yard catch and run that iced the game. But if you don’t throw much during the rest of the season, it’s hard to crank it up on cue when you really need it. Doesn’t matter if it’s Trey or TJ. And yes, in the playoffs, the opposing D will stack the box with people that can run and hit.

As for overall talent – well, the team that went to the DOME (AAAA semi-final in ‘06) and took Northside-Warner Robins TO THE WIRE in a 20-17 loss is the best team Standard has put on the field. Until this current group can get past a quarterfinal game, which has been Pius’s downfall since ‘06, they don’t get that title. This group will have to earn it.

We’ll see, and I will be there.

ATL

October 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

Okay SPX lets not get ahead of yourself. You havent played any of the big boys. You guys have played a down North Hall team, a very over rated Grady team, and a Westminster team thats not nearly as good as last year. There’s a chance that none of those teams will be in the playoffs, even Westmister in AA. Don’t put added pressure on your guys saying they are going to the finals. There are a lot of great programs in AAA.

PiHigh

October 22nd, 2011
10:59 am

I agree that in the past we have struggled when it comes to the playoffs because other teams put more men in the box and stop our option running game. I think the biggest change about this team compared to years past is that we now have a passing attack. With TJ leading the way as a receiver, our passing attack has proved to be formidable this year. I think this change by coach standard will help the team down the stretch in the playoffs, as our opponents will have to respect the pass.

I understand that TJ is a phenominal athlete; I mean his very first game as QB last year he set the school’s rushing record. However, if you take TJ away as a wide receiver, it would hurt the team more than you would think. We have other good receivers, but I don’t think anyone in state, especially in 3AAA can stop TJ 1-1 as a receiver. The reason why he isn’t being looked at by GT is because he already signed before the season started to South Carolina. If he hadn’t GT definitely would be all over him.

Overall this is an extremely strong team and I don’t see anybody stopping them. Their defense is as strong as ever with not only TJ but several other seniors leading the way. All three starting linebackers are seniors. And you always have to factor in Geno’s presence. Even if he doesn’t touch the ball, he plays a part on the team. Very few team’s have been stupid enough to throw the ball anywhere near him. All in all, I firmly believe this is the year for the Golden Lions.

Go Pius

October 22nd, 2011
12:41 pm

Great team. Last night proved that either White or Holliman are good quarterbacks. All the kids played well. I love seeing Smith and DeLany playing behind Holliman, great combination.

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
12:49 pm

28-7 Pius
37-13 Pius
7-6 Grady
49-16 Pius

That 7-6 win doesnt look too hot now for Grady huh?
I couldnt believe the trash talk coming from Grady people before this game. That win last year really disillusioned them to the reality of this rivalry, haha. :)

jake

October 22nd, 2011
2:32 pm

it might have been a good thing that tre white was hurt because holloman really showed up to play but grady really made mistakes throughout the game but the coach got to use that deep bench that he has, but overall have game shouldnt been that bad though

WarEagle

October 22nd, 2011
2:39 pm

Over the course of a season, your QB takes too many shots in this offense to play both ways on every down, and SPX needs TJ on defense, where he is an excellent linebacker, the position he willing be playing in college. Take him off defense, and SPX is a weaker team. (This is partly why Dunwoody is struggling this year, with their best defensive player forced to play QB.). Trey is an excellent option QB, but he adds little to defense, so having him play where he helps the team the most makes sense. Someone asked where he is being recruited — I understand he will be going to the Citadel. If @??? Is trying to make this a racial issue, that is just dumb — Trey is a 3 year starter on varsity, and he started at the position at every prior level as well.

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The Queen of Grady

October 22nd, 2011
8:35 pm

St.Pius is to be commended for a really well played game. To AtlViking: The 7-6 Grady win last year was real even with slanted officiating! The technical called against Coach Millen when Grady was at the goal line was really lame! Coach Millen would never touch an official. He is not that kind of man. “Grady people” don’t trash talk, period. Let’s let last years game alone and you can enjoy your win this year. We are not over rated. Congrats to Pius!

????

October 22nd, 2011
8:37 pm

War Eagle is not racial its talent just because a kid starts for 3 years doesn’t mean he’s the best player for that position regardless if its QB or not. I think Cam (War Eagle) played 1 year at your school and what happen. I am for talent plays and the old boy network needs to sit !!! Where did Standard attend school ? My point exactly ole boy network in effect….

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
9:07 pm

Queen of Grady, fair enough statements, but you are wrong about “Grady people dont talk trash.period”, because some of them do. I dont know why you think you suddenly know what every single person that goes to Grady says. Im not being mean, but it doesnt represent your school well when you talk trash. especially when you get dominated afterwards.

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
9:08 pm

?????. not nit picking and could be wrong, but I think WarEagle is a Marist fan, not an Auburn fan. Marist are the War Eagles.

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
9:10 pm

oh and I agree with you QofGrady about your coach, I dont believe he would touch an official either. He is a great guy and great coach, well respected by many around Atlanta high school football.

The Queen of Grady

October 22nd, 2011
9:43 pm

To ATLVIKing: Too bad you have such anger! St. Pius should be proud of their win. The majority of the Gray Knights congratulate your team, We also rout for ours, if that’s what you mean by “trash talk”.

The Queen of Grady

October 22nd, 2011
9:46 pm

That’s all I have to say. You may have the last word, if you need it.

Grady Fan

October 22nd, 2011
10:06 pm

Since you guys are talking about how good St.Pius was last year how for did they go in the playoffs?

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
10:18 pm

Im not angry and none of my comments were directed towards the players. The players are great sports. I know one or two and they are great guys. That being said, its a shame that they are represented sometimes by people who act like that. You mistake me for being hateful. I like Grady High, I like their stadium and I like the people who go there. My posting of the scores was an off color humor moment directed at those Grady fans who acted like they “0wn” Pius after their win last year. A win that I say is well deserved, Grady had an outstanding team last year that was loaded with talent.

ATLViking

October 22nd, 2011
10:23 pm

I enjoy the rivalry that Pius and Grady share but their is no room for comments like “Pius is trash”, ” We are gonna beat them Pius p***ys” and “f Pius, we own their a**”. Those are direct qoutes from Grady “Fans”. There is nothing wrong with rooting for your team but comments like those are inappropriate.

Hamlton

October 23rd, 2011
2:21 am

Grey Lion – the team that went to the dome was one heck of a team. Jonathan Davis had one of the craziest stat lines ever for that game – something stupid like 195 yards rushing and 18 tackles – AS A SOPHOMORE!!!!! What a game!
This team may be better. Coming out of the backfield there are four legit playmakers on every snap. As a group, they are the best we have had. Trey is definitely the best running QB I have seen at Pius. I don’t think we have had a wingback as quick as Geno, and we have had some good wingbacks. Jake D is proving to be a huge asset and Logan is as good as any FB we’ve ever had that wasn’t named Moon.
Like you, I ache to see the passing game employed as a regular weapon, not just as a fallback when the opponent starts bringing the safeties up with the LBs. I think one problem with the passing game may be that 95% of the blocking practice is on run blocking and the pass blocking techniques aren’t being developed sufficiently. We definitely have capable receivers. I watched the 7 on 7 tournament at Pius this summer – we were impressive all day long. TJ and the Nicks were everywhere. I would love to see some quick slants early in the big games to keep the safeties honest – maybe some plays where Trey can audible when he gets TJ in one on one.

Queen of Grady – can’t take anything away from that game last year – that was an awesome game! Well fought and well remembered. None of us should put too much on what the knuckleheads might say on a blog. It was probably the all Marist/Pius yapping that got the old AJC blogs shut down in the first place. It was pretty nasty. The only complaint I have with Grady is their concession stand ran out of hot chocolate at half time Friday night – at least on the visitor side.

As for the playoffs last year, we did OK. We lost in the 2nd round on the road 14-7 to Carrollton, the eventual runner up in state. It was a tough game and we gave Carrollton all they could handle.

Grey Lion

October 23rd, 2011
10:15 am

Yes Hamilton – JD had a good night in ‘06. For one simple reason. The core of that Pius team was a big, nasty, mobile offensive line. NWR was stacking up the box the entire game and JD was running through holes untouched until he hit the second level. That team also had a better mix of run/pass ratio, which kept NSWR on their heels a little bit. Conrad Nix (NSWR head coach) said that he thought Pius’s O line was the best they had played against that season in AAAA.

Pius has always been able to throw the ball under Standard, they just don’t use it until it’s absolutely necessary. And then, it’s hard to execute when the game is on the line. They just don’t have the reps in game conditions.

Like I said, if this team is better, they will have to prove it and earn it by getting to the quarterfinal, winning it, and advancing. The road to the Dome is never a given.