If the St. Pius booster club wants to buy coach Paul Standard a new car (hint), they might want to invest in one of those prestige license plates that reads “4REAL.” The Golden Lions showed on Friday night that they belong among the elite teams in Class AAA this season.
St. Pius completely dismantled a good North Oconee team on a night where George Maloof Stadium was filled with gold-clad fans. Sure, No. 4 St. Pius may have had a slight edge because it had played a game and No. 5 North Oconee was making its first start. But Pius scored every time it had the ball in the first half and went on to post an easy 50-14 win.
Here’s what we learned about St. Pius:
It would be premature to crown St. Pius as the main challenger to mighty Peach County in AAA this season. More will be determined after it plays at big road game on Friday at No. 6 Thomson and another marquee game against No. 5 AA Lovett on Sept. 21. But right now the Lions are looking pretty good.
Other things we learned on Friday night ….
Blessed Trinity could be ready to challenge Pius in Region 6: The Titans handled a pretty fair Hart County team on Friday. It was a nice bounce-back win after last week’s loss to Lovett.
Buford’s defense is still pretty stout: The No. 2 Wolves came away with five turnovers against Gainesville, but failed to capitalize. The result was Buford’s first regular-season loss since Sept. 10, 2010 vs. Carver in Columbus. Chances are the Wolves will start rolling up lots of points over the next eight games, starting next week against Hancock Central.
Lightning delay can’t help Beach: A 95-minute delay for lightning didn’t help Beach at Richmond Hill. The Bulldogs were losing 6-0 when the players were taken off the field for their own safety. The wait didn’t help. Beach lost 55-0 and been outscored 104-0 in two games.
Thomson avoids the letdown: The No. 6 Bulldogs showed no letdown after defeating Burke County in the opener. Thomson had 528 yards rushing, with senior Chris Jordan gaining 325 and Torrie Battle running for 114.
Another weapon found at Peach County: Everyone knows about receiver Demarcus Robinson. Now Peach County has added an additional threat in junior quarterback Greg Williams. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 130 yards, including a 68-yard TD to Robinson. Williams has yet to throw an interception in two games.