Last Friday night, the St. Pius X Catholic High School football team traveled to the Lovett School to play their annual scrimmage. Even though the score was not officially kept in the game, the Golden Lions had several takeaways from the contest.
The team’s A-backs excelled running outside of the tackles, generating chunks of yardage on nearly every drive. Jadon Rogers had a 20-yard dash on the team’s opening drive to set the Golden Lions up near the red zone. Junior Mason Benefield and sophomore Cam Cainion also impressed, using their speed and agility to hit holes quickly and break off several stellar runs in the first half. Freshman fullback Shug Bentley excelled as an interior rusher, complimenting the work of Benefield, Rogers and Cainion.
Eli Marshbank, a senior transfer in his first year at St. Pius, turned heads with his performance on special teams. He connected on a 50-yard field goal at the end of the first half and had multiple touchbacks on kickoffs. Marshbank is expected to be a major part of the Golden Lions’ special teams unit this season.
The Golden Lions will face off against Blessed Trinity on August 23, in the opening game of the regular season. The Golden Lions will aim to defeat Blessed Trinity in the annual Crosstown Showdown for the first time since 2012. The defending back-to-back state champions had six 2019 preseason all-state selections and are led by future Division I athlete Quinton Reese and North Carolina running back commit Elijah Green.