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St. Pius preps for playoff run
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
November 19, 2012 09:36 AM | 1582 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
St. Pius X coach Paul Standard, pictured here calling a play during practice.
St. Pius X coach Paul Standard, pictured here calling a play during practice.
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As his team prepared to embark on its postseason run, St. Pius X coach Paul Standard’s thoughts flashed back to how it all began.

The Golden Lions opened the 2012 season with a roster brimming with the ever unpredictable combination of talent and inexperience.

Ten games later — with a region championship in tow — Standard was there wondering just how far this bunch will go.

All the way, provided they continue to peak while playing mistake-free football, he surmised.

“This group right here, I’m not going to say they exceeded expectations because our expectation is to compete for a region championship every year,” said Standard. “But, I will say that these young men have grown tremendously … they’re confident and have attained our first goal.”

Any hopes of flying under the radar this season while the Golden Lions underwent their on-field maturation dissipated with each win. St. Pius finished the regular season with an 8-2 mark, aided by a collective of eventual All-Region players and a solid supporting cast.

On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Jack Spear has looked like a proven veteran instead of a first-year starter. His presence plus that of fellow All-Region selections, running back Ryan Braswell and O-linemen, David Marsau and Phineas Andrews, virtually assures that the Golden Lions will be in every game the rest of the way.

On defense, St. Pius has studs in each unit — including All-Region honorees, lineman Quincy Nieporte, linebacker Daniel Crochet and cornerback Michael Sikorski.

Thus, the question remains.

“How far can we go? I think we’re in a pretty good bracket,” Standard noted. “I can see us playing two or three rounds, if not further if our guys continue to work at getting better, which I think they will.”

*PLAYOFFS UPDATE

St. Pius crushed Dawson County 72-28 in first round Class 3-A play last week. The Golden Lions will next play host to Hart County Friday night.

Tucker, a 42-25 winner over Creekview last week, will next host North Paulding in second round action. Stephenson also passed its first postseason test in Class 5-A, beating Pope 31-11. The Jaguars will play at East Paulding Friday night.



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