St. Pius Makes a Statement

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:

  • Defensive back Nick Glass is a punishing tackler and the leader of a defense whose first unit has allowed only three points in two games.
  • Quarterback Jack Spear knows how to run the offense with a deft hand, albeit a left one. The backfield is talented and fullback Ryan Braswell knows how to smell the goal line.
  • Kicker Thomas O’Leary is the secret weapon. He put three kickoffs in the end zone in the first half, forcing North Oconee to start from the 20 each time. And when it comes to punting, O’Leary’s leg is among the strongest.

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.

10 comments Add your comment

Pi Hi Dad

September 8th, 2012
8:47 am

Congrats to Coach Standard and his staff. Needless to say, St. Pius stepped up in a big way last night. This team has heart!


September 8th, 2012
9:07 am

Congratulations to St. Pius from a proud alum! Paul Standard has returned the winning tradition to George Maloof Stadium.


September 8th, 2012
11:46 am

Congrats guys-great game!
Happy birthday, Coach!


September 8th, 2012
11:49 am

I cant lie I thought baldwins team would push Paech’s team around! I was wrong eventhough Baldwin was a lil bigger Peach held them. Im loving how this team is going up against great teams NSW,WR Demons,Baldwin,and perry but we them Demons next friday might be our toughest regular season game. I hope the Buford’s,St.Pius,Carver who ever yall better get ready for them Trojans !

Bill Cosby

September 8th, 2012
5:38 pm

Everybody knows Peach co can’t stop the run. That 3-3-5 D Peach runs, can’t stop the run! It will be Buford vs Carver state title game. Peach is a 1 man show.


September 9th, 2012
12:13 pm

hey you i felt the same mr.pudding pop but hey its a young d and like my dawgs we only gonna get better!


September 9th, 2012
12:19 pm

Hey Mr Pudding POP hey i felt the same way about our d coming into this season especailly how lost against burke i’ll give that one i bet we be there!! Oh yeah talking bout a 1 man show we got others who you’ll finf out bout come playoff time! Who yall play Peach been good with size we good without it stop us!


September 9th, 2012
12:38 pm

Peach co is going to detroy carver mr bill cosby i live in columbus and have seen carver play twice. not enough fire power to keep up, really yall should have lost to shaw. 1 touchdown yall got on defense was a bad call by those sorry officials. we got yall in the valley and you will have to play 48 mins to best us not one half . Fire it up PC. And mr robinson want be killing ur weak secondary by himself believe that.


September 9th, 2012
6:02 pm

Cosby…This week will tell it all. If Peach County gives Warner Robins(AAAAA) a good game or better yet, beats them… then the rest of AAA can hang it up. And believe me, it will take more than one player to beat Warner Robins. Go Trojans!


September 10th, 2012
10:14 am

@bill cosby…if your team wanna make a statement,,,then do it fri night when you come 2 moultrie 2 face the packers…