St Pius X Shutouts War Eagles 17-0 -- First Shutout of Marist by Golden Lions in 49 Years
The St Pius X seniors had taken some tough losses to their rival Marist over the past two seasons. They were shutout (13-0) at Marist in 2016 then last season, they dfell twice to the War Eagles, a 17-14 nail-bitter at home in the regular season and then a 35-14 loss at Marist in the Class SemiFinals.
Friday night at Marist, the Golden Lions got a bit of revenge and made history in the process.
For the first time since 1969, St Pius X (4-1) shut out Marist 17-0 before a raucous student section on both sides of the stadium. The victory was made sweeter by the fact that Marist (3-1) was undefeated and ranked #2 in Class AAAA and St Pius X was ranked #5.
St Pius X led at halftime 3-0 as both team's defenses stood tall in hte 1st half. But the Golden Lion offense got untracked in the 3rd quarter. The St Pius X offensive line led the way ona 7-play, 80-yard drive, opening holes for seniors quarterback Connor Egan, fullback D J Mitchell and halfbacls Jason Jones and Michael Benefield.. Benefield's 2-yard run for a touchdown increased the Golden Lion's lead to 10-0.
The War Eagles moved the ball on their first possession of the 2nd half but a peanlaty a midfield stopped their momentum and were forced to punt. The Marist defense stopped St Pius X's next drive but a cut block penalty on the first play of the War Eagles' next possession backed them up inside their 10-yard line and as the 4th quarter began, a tipped pass from Marist quarterback Connor Cigelski over the middle was picked off by Golden Lion safety Zach Ransom. An blocking penalty moved the ball back to near midfield, but St Pius X used 8-plays to get into the end zone, this time D J Mitchell scored from 11-yards out to increase the lead to 17-0.
The War EAgles went to the passing game on their next possession and had some success as Cigelski connected with Kyle Hamilton for a 37-yard gain but 2-plays later, Jason Jones mad a diving interception to end the threat.
Marist Defeats Westminster 24-7 in Rivalry Renewal
Marist dominated all 3 phases of the game Friday night to defeat Westminster 24-7 at Thompson Stadium (Westminster). The War Eagles scored one touchdown in each of the first 3 quarters of the game and added a Brendan Farrell 30-yard field goal for a 24-0 lead early in the 4th quarter before the Wildcats got on the scoreboard with under 3 minutes remaining on 5-yard touchdown run by Will HAllmark.
Marist fullback Lincoln Parker scored the first 2 touchdowns on short yardage runs and quarterback Connor Cigelske scored on a 17-yard run in the 3rd quarter. Wide receiver Kyle Hamilton had 5 receptions for for 114-yards and defensive back Josh Moore had 2 interceptions for the War Eagle defense that held the Wildcat running game to 55-yards.
Marist School Receives the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Award
Marist School has been awarded the Georgia High School Association’s Region 7-AAAA Cooperative Spirit Championship Award for the 2017-2018 school year. In selecting the award recipients, the GHSA regional secretaries look to honor schools that show exemplary sportsmanship throughout the school year. The award is not only a school honor, but a community honor as well.
The Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Dontavious “Donta” Eberhardt and Kiara Gipson have recently joined our staff.
Donta joined our staff this fall as a Junior Varsity Boys Basketball community coach. He attended Athens Academy and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University in 2015. He is currently working on his MS degree in Sports Administration at Georgia State University. As part of his degree, he is completing a Spring term internship in our Athletic Office. He will be here at 2:00 every day for a few hours.
Kiara Gibson, ATC, is joining our staff this week as an athletic trainer. She has a BS degree from the University of Georgia in Education: Athletic Training. She obtained her Certified Athletic Trainer license in 2013. Previously she has worked as an Assistant Director of Sports/Assistant Athletic Trainer at Tuskegee University and most recently as an Athletic Trainer at Emory Orthopedic & Spine Center. She will be here every day at 2:00 to work with the other trainers in providing our community with the best medical care.
The Lady War Eagles begin First Round State Playoff action today (Oct.11) hosting Oconee County at Kitchins Field in the start of the Best-of-3 Series with a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. Marist is the #1-Seed from Region 7-AAAA with a 14-10 overall record (7-1 region) and Oconee County is 17-11 (7-3 in Region 8-AAAA). Game 3 (if necessary) will be played Thursday at Marist.
The Lady War Eagles start their AAAA State Playoff action on Thursday (Oct. 12) in Centennial Center at 5 p.m. against LaGrange. Marist (35-3 overall) enters the playoffs as the #1-Seed defeating Chestatee 2-0 and Blessed Trinity 3-1 in the Region Tournament last week.
The Marist Harriers traveled to Cary, North Carolina for the Great American Cross Country Race last weekend. Most of the top teams in the Southeast attended and the War Eagles now turn their attention to preparations for the upcoming Region Meet (Oct. 26) at Unicoi State Park in Helen and the AAAA State Meet (Nov. 4) in Carrollton.
The War Eagles are 6-0 heading into their Homecoming Game matchup with West Hall to open Region 7-AAAA action this Friday night at Hughes Spalding Stadium. West Hall (5-2 overall, 1-0 region) defeated Chestatee last week 28-14 to open their region schedule while Marist had an open date.