St. Pius X 48, Decatur 0

The Decatur Bulldogs made St. Pius X wait for a while Friday night, but the Lions are used to that. After a slow start, the No. 7 Golden Lions rolled anyway, and their 48-0 win on the road clinched the Region 6-AAA title and a bit of school history.

Senior quarterback Jack Spear led the way with 120 passing yards and and 100 more yards on the ground while accounting for a touchdown each way. The school opened in 1958, but this is the first time that the Lions have won back-to-back region titles. SPX, in fact, has won its region in three of the past four seasons.

We kind of knew we were going to throw some because they bring their safeties up so hard,” said Spear, who had five carries with a score in addition to completing 6-of-8 passes and throwing for a score. “This feels great, the first time in school history.”

The Lions limited the Bulldogs to 25 rushing yards on 39 carries as SPX registered its third shutout of the season.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions (8-2-, 5-1 Region 6-AAA) scored twice in the second to take a 13-0 halftime lead. SPX went about its business in unusual fashion – through the air.

Spear completed 4-of-6 passes in the first half for 55 yards and a touchdown, and halfback Nick Ruffin completed a 40-yard pass to Michael Sikorski to set up the Lions’ first score. That came when Spear connected on a 22-yarder to Brandon Mitchell.

Fullback Ryan Braswell added a 13-yard scoring run shortly before halftime.

Decatur (5-5, 2-4) dared the Lions to throw.

They didn’t just bring their safeties down; they lined them up . . . they had 11 guys within 4 yards of the ball,” said SPX head coach Paul Standard. “We’ve thrown for little to nothing . . . they were going to make us beat them throwing the ball.”

Decatur sophomore quarterback Devontae Carter kept the Lions busy in the first half. He completed 8-of-13 passes for 83 yards, but the Bulldogs made enough mistakes to short-circuit themselves frequently.

Although bruiser Nick Bentley finished with 47 yards on eight carries for Decatur, the Bulldogs lost huge yardage on several poor shotgun snaps.

The Lions doubled their scores in less than the first three minutes in the second half.

Spear ran the option for 48 yards on the second play of the half, and passed 29 yards to Sikorski to move the ball to the Decatur 3. From there, Braswell – who finished with 61 yards on 11 carries – scored with 10:13 left in the third quarter for a 20-0 SPX lead.

Nick Ruffin intercepted a Carter pass moments later, and Spear scored on a 42-yard run on the next play for a 27-0 lead with 9:08 to go in the third quarter.

The Lions’ final score came when senior Harris Woodward recovered another poor Decatur snap in the end zone with 4:01 left in the game. That capped a 21-point final period for the Lions.

SPX went back to its baseline in the second half, rushing 22 times for 208 yards. The Lions finished with 266 rushing yards, and 426 yards of total offense.

“I’m proud of the kids,” Standard said. “No. 1 seed . . . that’s all you can ask for.”

Carter completed 10-of-18 yards for 104 yards for Decatur, and the young Bulldogs had more positive moments than the score would indicate but for a similar number of mistakes.

St. Pius X   0    13    14    21 — 48

Decatur      0      0      0     0   —  0

SPX — Brandon Mitchell 22 pass from Jack Spear (kick blocked)

SPX — Ryan Braswell 13 run (Thomas O’Leary kick)

SPX — Braswell 3 run (O’Leary kick)

SPX — Spear 42 run (O’Leary kick)

SPX — Kevin O’Toole 1 run (O’Leary kick)

SPX — Joey Connors 10 run (Michael Matthews kick)

SPX — Harris Woodward recover fumble in end zone (Matthews kick)

23 comments Add your comment


November 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

How did your son play?

Matt Winkeljohn

November 9th, 2012
11:16 pm

He was in for the last two plays.

Why don’t you ask the UGA beat writer how his alma mater plays tomorrow?

And ask some republican journalists how their candidate did Tuesday while you’re at it.

Matt Winkeljohn

November 9th, 2012
11:19 pm

And there’s a good chance, if you can track him down, that FOX’s Karl Rove will have some interesting comments about the way the election unfolded.

That matters about as much as your attempts to insinuate sin.


November 9th, 2012
11:33 pm

Congrats to SPX on winning its region.


November 9th, 2012
11:35 pm

20-14, can you give Mr. Winkeljohn a Cedar Grove vs Woodward update. 4th seed….. nice !


November 9th, 2012
11:51 pm

@20-14 Get A life Just because his son is on the team does not make what he reports false….SPX is a good team and we are winning and you don’t like it. Who do you like?????? I bet when we win next week in the playoffs you will say the fix is in …..GET A LIFE AND GET OFF HERE till you can bring something good here. GO LIONS


November 9th, 2012
11:53 pm

You tell ‘em Matt. WA, give it a rest – this is teens playing football, nothing more.


November 10th, 2012
12:06 am

@20-14 I see you are a true coward and wont respond I bet your team did not win tonight. GO LIONS


November 10th, 2012
12:20 am

20-14 – wow-what a loser you are.
Great game tonight!
Go Lions!


November 10th, 2012
12:26 am

I am GLAD 20-14 Took my advice and got off this blog. SPX wont fumble 5 times again and we will still be playing when WA has to look to B-Ball to have something to do on Friday night…… GO LIONS

My Trojans

November 10th, 2012
12:43 am

@ 20-14 you’re a loser get over yourself and the rest of your little “football program” at the wimpy little school south of Atlanta. Next weekend be prepared for some north Georgia football on Mt. Vernon Highway. North Hall will whip the war eagles til they cry. Score prediction. NHT 49 WA 0. Men will play boys next Friday night and it won’t be pretty. As for St. Pius I would love to see them in the semifinals. Love their program. We have played them the last 3 seasons until this year.


November 10th, 2012
12:50 am

My Trojans I hope we get to see you in the semis Two great programs and lots of recent history that will be a great game. As for mr 14-20 you will be one and done. Don’t be mad because we won the region be mad because you will be one and done and we are still playing after next week………. GO LIONS

Seen a few

November 10th, 2012
6:51 am

Congrats SPX. Solid performance and play calling adjustments! One game at a time. Dawson County QB can sling the ball, need to get after him and pound the rock on offense.

Big Irish Mike

November 10th, 2012
9:31 am

@20-14 Did you know that people who live in Atlanta actually cover the braves,falcons and hawks. My God! Woodward just be glad you didn’t finish 3rd and have to play the University of Buford in the 1st round. You have a good chance against North Hall
@MWJ don’t bring Republicans into it we are hurting enough Ouch.. All the networks have bias.
What Decatur needs is some steady coaching (500 under the last coach for last 3 years). They may want to take notice of the Buford/Calhoun/ model for gaining more students with athletic yearnings for the sports.
What a great stadium to watch high school football in I haven’t been over there in years. It is a real jewel.


November 10th, 2012
11:26 am

I think it’s time for y’all to simply ignore 20-14. Maybe he should see if the AJC needs anymore writers to report on the gay bars and massage parlors he hangs out in. Seriously.


November 10th, 2012
1:28 pm

14-20 is a great example of someone with a little bit of knowledge and lack of intelligence to understand it. You would think MWs article determined the 4th place fate of his beloved WA!
Big Mike, I believe this was the Decatur coaches first season, they are a team to watch. Want to know about SPX football? Click the link below. Thanks again MW for a great, objective write up of the last nights game.


November 10th, 2012
1:52 pm

Welcome to SPX. Dawson fans we have very limited parking, however we run a shuttle starting at 5:00pm from our offsite Parking approximately 2 miles away. The shuttle is free and runs throughout the game and after. It is the best option for parking and seeing the game. We want as many Dawson fans as can come to join us for the game and this is the best parking option. The offsite parking is located across from the Mariott Century Blvd.

See you Friday in the Jungle!


November 10th, 2012
4:00 pm

Journalism 101 — disclose any bias. “journalists must disclose conflicts of interest, especially ones that involve family ties.” We all know Karl Rove’s bias, so we take it into account when we hear him talk. Good luck to you son’s team in the playoffs.


November 10th, 2012
4:23 pm

20-14. …………IGNORE………. cause your stupid………….IGNORE

Seen a few

November 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

20-14. Please stop


November 10th, 2012
8:56 pm

@20-14: bet you’re proud of how woodward choked on a big fat you-know-what against cedar grove. have fun losing in the first round you scumbag


November 10th, 2012
11:05 pm

20-14 – Jou 101- that is so impressive! Wow!
Now, just go away.
Go Lions!


November 10th, 2012
11:14 pm

@20-14, you sure are embarrassing your school. You’re making it very clear that obviously you’re upset with how bad Woodward ended the season and well, Pius, will be entering the playoffs as a #1 seed.

I would love to see you point out the bias in this article, as well. You won’t be able to. Mr. Winkeljohn is reporting on the facts of the game… but again, thanks for showing your character by calling out him and his son on a public forum. Classy.