St. Pius X football team defeated Heritage High School 42-14 in the first round of the GHSA AAAA State Football Playoffs. The win improved the squad’s record to 6-5 overall and extended their win streak to three games.

The St. Pius offense was led by running back Cameron Cainion, who amassed 116 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Cameron Wingo rushed for 88 yards and two scores. Quarterback Dennis O’Shea went 4-6 passing for 65 yards and two touchdowns. The St. Pius offense dominated with 375 rushing yards and 440 yards of total offense.

Heritage quarterback Nick Hanson was 18-31 through the air with a pair of touchdowns. The Generals rushing attack struggled with only 22 yards on 11 carries. Sam Randolph had a touchdown grab and a team-leading 60 receiving yards. Heritage had only 223 yards of total offense. Neither team committed a turnover in the game.

In their three-game win streak, the Golden Lions have outscored opponents 98-42. St. Pius moves up to No. 20 in the MaxPreps Class AAAA rankings. The team has played the classification’s third hardest MaxPreps-rated schedule.

“The Golden Lions had a great performance at Heritage High School,” head coach Paul Standard said.

 He praised his team’s offensive line and credited them for the Golden Lions’ success on the ground. He noted that he was pleased with the performance of junior quarterback O’Shea in his third career start. Standard spoke highly of his defense.

“They were outstanding, containing the vaunted General passing attack while holding them to less than 30 yards rushing,” he said.

St. Pius will travel to Woodward Academy for a second-round playoff matchup this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The War Eagles enter the game with an undefeated 11-0 record and are one of only two unbeaten teams in the AAAA classification. Woodward is one of the top 400 teams in the nation according to MaxPreps.com.

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