The St. Pius X Golden Lions beat the Towers Titans 48-6 at home Friday night. Not only was this win beneficial to the team, but in beating the Titans, Paul Standard won his 100th game as St. Pius coach.
The Golden Lions did not waste any time getting on the board. With 7:24 left in the first quarter, senior fullback Ryan Braswell punched in from the 1 yard line to take a 7-0 lead.
After a three and out Towers attempted to punt. The Titans botched the snap and St. Pius recovered on the 10-yard line. Senior tight end J.P. Graves caught a 10 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jack Spear with 4:41 left in the first to take a 14-0 lead.
The Golden Lions would add one more score before the end of the first quarter on 23- yard touchdown run from junior Jack Pelt. St. Pius took a commanding lead of 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
A Towers punt set the Golden Lions up for yet another score. Junior Nick Glass scored on an 11 yard touchdown run with 9:55 left in the half to make it 28-0 St. Pius. To add to the bleeding, fullback Ryan Braswell broke into the end zone again with 3:27 left in the half. With the score 35-0, it was evident the Titans would not be able to overcome the deficit.
With the half winding down and the game in hand, the Golden Lions put the game in the hands of their scout team. Freshman quarterback Joey Connors tore down the field for a 27-yard touchdown with :15 left in the half to make in 42-0 St. Pius.
The second half consisted of second and third string players gaining experience and playing time. Players like Brian O’Reilly, Jack Gray and Nick Spear all played well in the second half.
Both teams would add a score in the second half to the final tally of 48-6.
After the game, Standard was asked about the significance of this win for his coaching career. “All of the groups of men I’ve coached have had a piece of this process.” He went on about how his success has been due to commitment from all of his coaches and players.
Standard was also asked if he had ever thought about coaching to 200 wins. He replied, “Right now I’m worried about winning 101.” His success has been due to the fact that he takes progress one step at a time. Encouraging his players to worry about fundamentals and concentrating on the small things, and with that, success will come.
Next Friday, St. Pius will play McNair High School at Avondale Stadium. The Golden Lions are now 1-0 in region play and plan to carry their good play on the field versus McNair.