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Here is a link to Bill Jacon's TOP Ten Photos for each game from his wide selection 

2013 SPX Playoffs

Photos from Bill Jacon Week 3 vs Callaway
Photos from Erin Sheppard Week 3 vs Callaway
Photos from the Newtons Week 3 vs Callaway

Photos from Erin Sheppard Week 2 vs Cartersville
Photos from Bill Jacon Week 2 vs Cartersville
Photos from David Di Cristina Week 2 vs Cartersville

Photos from Erin Sheppard Week 1 vs Hart
Photos from Bill Jacon Week 1 vs Hart

2013 SPX vs Decatur

Photos from the Newtons
Photos from Bill Jacon

Photos from David Di Cristina
Senior Night Photos from the Newtons

2013 SPX vs Blessed Trinity

Photos from the Newtons

2013 SPX vs Woodward Academy

Photos from the Newtons

2013 SPX vs Cedar Grove

Photos from the Newtons

Photos from Bill Jacon

2013 SPX vs McNair (Home Coming)

Photos from the Newtons

Photos from the David Di Cristina

2013 SPX vs Towers

Photos from Bill Jacon

2013 SPX vs Lovett

Photos from the Newtons

2013 SPX Vs Thompson Photos

Photos from the Newtons

Photos from Bill Jacon

Photos from the David Di Cristina

2013 SPX vs North Oconee

Photos from the Bill Jacon

2013 SPX vs Westminster

Photos from the Newtons

Photos from the David Di Cristina

2013 SPX vs Stephens County (Scrimmage)

Photos from the Newtons #1

Photos from the Newtons #2

Photos from the David Di Cristina

 

 

The X-Factor Scouting Report
2013 Finale

IT’S GREAT TO BE A GOLDEN LION

“… that you might walk worthy of the LORD unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

~Colossians 1:10~

It was a loss on the scoreboard, but last Friday’s performance by the 2013 Football Golden Lions was worthy and exemplary, and it brought an outstanding season to a fitting and even satisfying close.  “Satisfying” might seem a strange word, but, even in defeat, 35-21 to an excellent Callaway Cavalier squad, these Lions never stopped representing the very best of St. Pius X and the George B. Maloof Tradition.  They did all of us very, very proud.  In losing this game, they won what matters.

They came out blazing; that’s for sure.  Starting with the first play from scrimmage, with #42 junior fullback Dalton Wilson carrying a whole band of Cavaliers on his back followed by #22 senior wingback Jack Pelt delivering one of his signature, jut, juke, and jolt, carries for 25 yards, it looked like the Lions might be on their way.  It was still looking good a few plays later when #31 sophomore Ransom Klinger burst around the end to convert a fourth down.  Two plays after that, we got our first big look at Golden Lion class and toughness when #11 Joey O’Connor got popped and then hollered at by a Callaway defender but promptly leaped up, quietly completed the series, and put the Lions in position for the 39-yard field goal by #45 senior long snapper Casey Wilson and #14 senior kicker Thomas O’Leary and the early 3-0 lead.

The entire Golden Lion FAMILY then showed its presence on the Lions’ first defensive series.  The Cavaliers went on a march—there’s no denying it—demonstrating the athleticism that would ultimately prove impossible to match on this night.  But it wasn’t for lack of preparation, effort, or will by the Lions or their fans.  Repeatedly, with #69 senior Gilbert Orr, #59 senior Michael Caragher, and #57 sophomore Chad Nelson stoutly holding the line and the likes of #7 Brian O’Reilly and, of course, #32 senior Daniel Crochet filling the gaps, the Lions forced Callaway to third down.  And they had much help from the Lion stands—once again full of blue, gold, and NOISE—which contributed to causing two penalties by a flustered Cavalier offense.  But #1 senior quarterback Tez Parks is a playmaker, and he broke our hearts by turning a broken play on second-and-long—a fumble into the backfield—into a touchdown scamper, giving his team the lead they would never relinquish.

After a short Lion possession and punt, Parks got right back to it.  Running the option, he blew down the right side, picked up about twenty himself, and, just as we finally got a bead on him, he pitched to #6 Eddie Culpepper, who carried it another 30 or so yards himself.  Not that the Lions ever, ever quit—not on this play or anything else.  The hustling #7 O’Reilly chased Culpepper down at the five to prevent the touchdown, and on the next snap #32 Crochet exploded into the backfield to drive the Cavaliers backwards.  But there was just no stopping #6 for very long.  On second down he took a pitch around the left side and gave the Cavaliers a 14-3 lead.

 At that point, the situation was pretty clear.  It was going to take an extraordinary effort to pull this one out.  In fact, you had the sense we were just hoping to keep things in check, maybe get back to within one score, and then come up with some adjustments at intermission.

And, by cracky, with some guts and a whole lot of sharp, disciplined, execution, that’s exactly what the Lions did.  Although (despite a clutch effort by #22 Pelt to convert second-and-long) we turned it back over on downs, we promptly got an interception in the end zone by #2 all-everything senior Nick Ruffin, allowing us one final possession in the half.  And the offense made the most of it.  With the HAWGS now taking control, we marched slowly but steadily out to our 40.  #11 junior quarterback Joey Connors then hit #22 Pelt for a nice completion down the right sideline—with the always gritty Pelt holding on despite taking a Grade-A whack as the ball arrived.  Connors then hit #31 Klinger a couple of plays later, who demonstrated some toughness of his own by dropping the shoulder hard into an oncoming tackler so that he could get out of bounds to stop the clock (which was now beginning to run down on us).  Connors did it yet again a few moments later, hitting #30 Garrett Gooden for ten yards to convert a third down.  But that play ended in the middle of the field with just 38 seconds left and the clock running—another of these critical situations requiring exquisite precision and care to make sure we got some points before the half ended.  The Lions adroitly rushed to the line and spiked it to stop the clock, and a second-down pass fell incomplete.  On third down, the Cavaliers managed to stop #42 Wilson in bounds as the clock hit 19.  The Lions were out of time outs and could not spike the ball as it was now fourth down.  But for one final time in their career, just as they have done so many times, as intrepid as they are invaluable, #45 Wilson and #14 O’Leary swooped onto the field, set themselves, and, just as the clock hit 0:00, delivered three points.  The Callaway crowd couldn’t believe it—and spent halftime letting the officials know as much—but it happened, and the tenacious Lions were still very much in the game.

It just wasn’t going to be our night, though.  The Lions opened with a pooch kick to start the second half and very nearly recovered, but not quite.  And two plays into the period it was #1 Parks again, winning the race to the corner and blazing all the way to a 50-yard touchdown to make it 21-6.

The Lions persisted.  Even as Coach Jerry Stewart poised himself on the sideline in front of his defense, whiteboard in hand, still looking for some formula to slow these Cavaliers, #2 Ruffin blasted his way to a 45-yard kickoff return.  Quarterback Connors, now wearing #98 due to some blood on his usual #11 jersey, capitalized on that effort by leading the Lions on a seven-play scoring drive.  A couple of option pitches to #31 Klinger plus more brutally tough carries by Wilson accounted for most of the yardage, and Connors finished the drive himself by ducking in low across the goal line.  He then added a two-point conversion by hitting #3 senior Chris Wegener on the left side of the end zone, and, with 8:33 left in the third quarter, the Lions were once again within seven points at 21-14.

But two plays later it was Culpepper again—this time going 59 yards to make it 28-14.  And the Lions were unable to respond on their next possession.  Things were getting desperate.

Still, if you’re looking for signs of greatness more important than just the wins and losses, check out what happened next.  You know what everyone on the Callaway side expected—another quick score, a three touchdown lead, and all hell breaking lose.  But that’s not what they got.  Instead they got #42 Wilson yanking down Culpepper with authority, #32 Crochet demolishing that same Mr. Culpepper for a loss, and the entire Lion defense converging to stop #1 Parks on a third-down keeper, plus another Callaway penalty induced by the ever-noisy Lion crowd—all of which added up to a clutch, critical stop to keep us in the game.  We were not going away gently.

The offense then picked up the theme, marching briskly from our 11-yard line almost to midfield.  And you started to think there might just be a way we could steal this one.  The HAWGS were, as always, becoming stronger, asserting their will more and more, giving #42 Wilson more and more room to work. Connors was completing passes, including a 19-yarder to #31 Klinger.  A throw to #12 senior receiver Fred Dorsey sailed just a bit and was intercepted by Ed Daniel, turning it back over to Callaway as the clock rolled under 11 minutes, but there was hope.  If we could just, somehow, get it back quickly …

Sure enough, the defense came through again.  Some major thumping by #32 Crochet, #7 junior Brian O’Reilly, and #5 senior Kevin O’Toole (whose heroic efforts this season through multiple, unreported injuries have earned him his spot in Lion lore) forced Callaway into fourth down.  And, when Callaway managed to convert, the Lions, undaunted, just did it again, forcing the Cavaliers again into a fourth-down situation.  And this time, on fourth-and-inches, the entire defense massed itself at the line and, working as one, managed to overcome that magnificent Callaway and stuff the attempt.  It was Lions ball once more.  A faint flicker of life remained.

The flicker finally expired when, forced to hurry, the Lions threw another pick, this time to Dre Martin and this one came back all the way, making it 35-14 with less than four minutes remaining.  But even then, with the season effectively over, the Lions would not stop.  They refused to fail, and they didn’t.

On their last possession, just before that pick-six, #3 senior Wegener had been basically suplexed—slammed on his head by Callaway’s #4 junior Terry Godwin.  Wegener—as classy as could be—made nothing of the episode and now, on this final series, completely unfazed, delivered perhaps the best catch of the season, diving to haul one in along the sideline.  It was ruled incomplete, and that’s what the books will say.  But in Lion hearts it will forever be held a catch, and a special one.  (And Wegener was going to display still more St. Pius spirit and class just a little bit later.)

Regardless of the ruling on Wegener’s effort, Connors kept flinging it, completing a trio of passes to #30 sophomore Gooden on third and fourth down plays to get the Lions inside Callaway’s 30-yard line.

And now the season ended, appropriately, with scores by three of the fabulous senior leaders of this 2013 team.  On second down, #2 Ruffin scooped up a fumble in the backfield and bolted 27 yards into the end zone.  And #45 Wilson and #14 O’Leary were, once again, automatic with the extra point.  It was a good way, the right way, to end this blessing of a football campaign—and the amazing run that the Class of 2014 has given us.

 “The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”

~Gaylord Nelson~

A couple of random notes from the post-game milling about.  First, it was notable how many Cavaliers hung around our Auburn-bound #2 Nick Ruffin when the game was over.  The players recognized the moment for what it was, the final moment of an extraordinary career, and they seized the opportunity to share in it.

Second, how about #3 Chris Wegener.  He didn’t just give a cursory hand-slap to the guy who slammed and taunted him in the fourth quarter; Wegener hugged him and wished him well.  People who know this Class of 2014 weren’t surprised, of course.  Wegener’s act was emblematic of the way these guys have conducted themselves their entire career together.  They have represented St. Pius X admirably.

And, speaking of admirable, it can now be told how, as often happens, many of the Lions were soldiering through these playoffs with significant, painful injuries.  Players like #2 Ruffin, and  #69 senior defensive tackle Gilbert Orr,

There once was a stalwart named Orr.

Whenever the Lions would roar

You'd find Gilbert's frame

At the heart of the game,

Always the strong, steady, core.

 

and #5 senior Kevin O’Toole.

A good tool helps one man accomplish like seven,

And nO’ Toole’s as good as our #5, Kevin.

He’s round the football like thread’s round a spool.

And good things go on—it’s a given, a rule—

When he’s there; it’s St. Pius Heaven.

 

 

And let’s reflect again on how great it’s been having #65 Matt Doelling consistently cleaning them out as the HAWG at the center of everything these last two years:

When the St. Pius thunder gets rolling,

Opponents need lots of consoling.

Their defense can't enter

The storm's epicenter

Blocked out by big Matthew Doelling.

 

And, of course, two spots down from Doelling, the two-year starter at strong tackle—and another guy who fought brilliantly through injury this year—#69 Michael Caragher

Our backs, finding holes not by yard but by acre,

Owe their success to a hard-charging rager,

Who's tough on the line,

And tougher to rhyme,

The invaluable Michael Car-AG-her.

 

And what can you say about the young men who’ve so capably manned the edge of the line on both sides of the ball these last two seasons, #9 Chandler Cooper and #6 Ian Flinn:

They sometimes seem almost like twins,

Blocking, and catching, and oft blitzing in.

They put foes in a stupor—

The great Chandler Cooper,

And, opposite, equally great, Ian Flinn.

 

And, as this season wraps up, we also celebrate a young man who came out of nowhere his junior season and kept on charging right to the end—#4 cornerback/wingback Branden Mitchell:

The coach who aspires to be rich’ll

Be looking for guys who sick hell

On the opponent—

Don’t stop for a moment—

Like our #4 Branden Mitchell.

 

“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they’re capable of understanding.”

~Steve Prefontaine~

What makes a season “successful”?  It can’t just be championships, because we know there are many more successful teams than there are titles.  If it took a championship to be considered a success, then something like 90% of post-season team banquets would be fraudulent.

The quote above comes from a legendary performer who’s a great hero to just about everyone in another fall sport, cross country.  (There are other fall sports, you know.)  These 2013 Golden Lions have just run a race; they have run it splendidly; and they have affected us—their family, classmates, friends, and fans—in so many ways.  They fell down, once or twice, and suffered the sting of that.  Then they got up, valiantly.  They seemed to hit the “wall,” on occasion.  But they kept going and broke through.

And now we can begin to take stock and take in all that they have accomplished.  There were huge wins over top ranked opponents.  There were clutch performances that we needed to save the season and keep it great.  There were memorable individual efforts and glorious TEAM victories.  There was a third straight trip to the state quarterfinals, and football after Thanksgiving.  (We dare not take these things for granted.)  There was talent—oh, so much talent.  But better still, there was character.  There was PRIDE, INTEGRITY, UNITY, and SACRIFICE and it showed all the way to the end.

And the fact remains that we on the outside can only begin to understand what really made this season and this team special.  The real truth is known only to the players themselves—the joys and trials they have shared; the bonds they have formed; the deep beauty and ultimate worth of what they have built together.  We can’t see these things from our vantage point, but we can see just enough of the fruit to know it is very, very special.

To some observers, it seemed that the Senior Walk this year was more upbeat, more joyous and less melancholy, than in past years.  And that makes sense.  This year, of all years, there is every reason to be proud, satisfied, and content.  The Class of 2014 has more than lived up to the Tradition.  They have enriched it and added to it.  May God bless them all now and forever.

 “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

~Karen Lamb~

And now it’s time for the Class of 2015 to pick up the torch and lead the way to still more and greater victories, knowing that, whatever they achieve, they will be building on a rich, precious heritage, entrusted to them by all the classes that have gone before.  It will be a new and different set of challenges facing them—a new classification (AAAA), a new Region, with new opponents.  And whatever they may accomplish, they will do it with their forbears, invisible but real, right there by their side, not least among them, the remarkable Class of 2014.  WE’LL SEE YOU THERE‼‼

DOMINI SUMUS, and, one more time (for this football season),

GO LIONS‼!

 

 

Here is link for Week 1 X-Factor (Westminster)
Here is link for Week 2 X-Factor (North Oconee)
Here is link for Week 3 X-Factor (Thompson)
Here is link for Week 4 X-Factor (Lovett)
Here is link for Week 5 X-Factor (Towers)
Here is link for Week 6 X-Factor (McNair)
Here is link for Week 7 X-Factor (Cedar Grove)
Here is link for Week 8 X-Factor (Woodward)
Here is link for Week 9 X-Factor (Blessed Trinity)
Here is link for Week 10 X-Factor (Decatur)
Here is link for Week 11 X-Factor (Playoffs Week #1)
Here is link for Week 12 X-Factor (Playoffs Week #2)
Here is link for Week 13 X-Factor (Playoffs Week #3)
Here is link for Final X-Factor


2013 Season

Playoffs Week 3 vs Calloway (November 29, 2013)

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#2 Nick Ruffin

Offensive Player
 #30 Garrett Gooden
Two-Way Player
 #42 Dalton Wilson
 
Special Teams Player
 #14 Thomas O'Leary
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#27 Anderson Bentley
#03 Chris Wegener
#21 Brian Lentini
#26 Frank Lentini

 Playoffs Week 2 vs Cartersville (November 22, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#32 Daniel Crochet

Offensive Player
 #54 Luke Stokes
#11 Joey Connors
Two-Way Player
#22 Jack Pelt
#12 Fred Dorsey
#42 Dalton Wilson
 
Special Teams Player
 #14 Thomas O'Leary
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#51 Ty Mascara
#67 Griffin Loflin
#71 Blake Harrison
#82 Charlie Mackey

 

Playoffs Week 1 vs Hart County (November 15, 2013)

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#6 Ian Flinn

Offensive Player
 #31 Ransom Klinger
Two-Way Player
 #59 Michael Caragher
 
Special Teams Player
 #39 Blayne Bentley
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#50 Matt Coklan
#78 Andrew Shrestha
#64 Birook Woldeyohannes
#58 Eric Long

 Decatur (November 8, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player #30 Garrett Gooden
 
Offensive Player
 #42 Dalton Wilson
 
Two-Way Player
 #12 Freddie Dorsey
#9 Chandler Cooper
Special Teams Player
 #14 Thomas O'Leary
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#38 Grant Fairvalley
#10 Jordan Reticker
#23 Chandler Markham
#37 Jack Marsh


Blessed Trinity (November 1, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#32 Daniel Crochet

Offensive Player
 # 22 Jack Pelt
Two-Way Player
 #12 Freddie Dorsey
 
Special Teams Player
 #45 Casey Wilson
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#94 Peyton Welchel
#49 Lawson Cooper
#84 Joe Reigner
#36 Chris Echols

Woodward Academy (October 25, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#52 Chris Benjamin

Offensive Player
 # 9 Chandler Cooper
Two-Way Player
 #42 Dalton Wilson
 
Special Teams Player
 #32 Daniel Crochet
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#33 Connor Hild
#67 Griffin Loflin
#70 Chris Techman
#97 Anthony Jones

 

Cedar Grove (October 18, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#32 Daniel Crochet

Offensive Player
 # 65 Matt Deolling
#11 Joey Connors
Two-Way Player
 #2 Nick Ruffin
 
Special Teams Player
 #14 Thomas O'Leary
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#76 Kyle Lewis
#41 Chandler Parks
#95 Ryan Lynch
#16 TJ Maxey

 

McNair (October 4, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#2 Nicholas Ruffin

Offensive Player
 #54 Luke Stokes
 
Two-Way Player
 #7 Brian O'Reilly
 
Special Teams Player
 #12 Fred Dorsey
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#74 Joey Marburger
#88 Bradley Schwaner
#90 Brooks Amoroso
#91 Christian Bicego

 

Towers (September 27, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player


#46 Forrest Whitlark

Offensive Player
 #3 Chris Wegner
 
Two-Way Player
 #2 Nick Ruffin
 
Special Teams Player
 #22 Jack Pelt
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#53 Andrew Jacon
#28 Brennan Garrison
#44 Jack Gillette
#80 Andrew Hopkins

 

Lovett (September 20, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player

#7 Brian O'Reilly
#12 Fred Dorsey



Offensive Player
 #63 Tommy Parks
 
Two-Way Player
Special Teams Player
 #3 Chris Wegner
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#34 Ryan Walsh
#35 Griffin Thomas
#66 London Lewis
#94 Peyton Welchel

 

Thomson (September 13, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player #4 Branden Mitchell
 
Offensive Player
 #59 Michael Caragher
 
Two-Way Player
 #9 Chandler Cooper
Special Teams Player
 #45 Casey Wilson
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#19 Grant Holloman
#43 Michael Breshnahan
#85 Chris Braswell
#86 John Evan Laughter

 

North Oconee (September 6, 2013) 

 Players of the Week

Defensive Player #69 Gilbert Orr
 
Offensive Player
 #11 Joey Connors
 
Two-Way Player
 #22 Jack Pelt
# 4 Branden Mitchell
Special Teams Player
 #14 Thomas O'Leary
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#18 Reed Egan
#51 Ty Mascara
#75 Colm Boyer
#87 Nicky Williamson

 

Westminster (August 30, 2013) 

 

Players of the Week

Defensive Player #6 Ian Flynn
 
Offensive Player
 #42 Dalton Wilson
 
Two-Way Player
 #22 Jack Pelt
 
Special Teams Player
 #46 Forrest Whitlark
 

Scout Team Players of the Week

#39 Blayne Bently
#40 Harrison Barnhardt
#47 Wilson O'Stricker
#72 Reid Lareau


 

 


2014 College Signings

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Nick Ruffin's signing with Auburn University!


  

Here are some photos of Daniel Crochet's signing to Cornell 

 

 

2013-2014 Season Highlights

2013-2014 All DeKalb Awards Ceremony 

  

2013-2014 Season

6-AAA All Region Team 

by the Dekalb County Football Coaches Association

#63 Tommy Parks Offensive Tackle  
#14 Thomas O'Leary Place Kicker  
#02 Nick Ruffin Defensive Back  
#32 Daniel Crochet Linebacker  
#12 Fred Dorsey Defensive Back  
#65 Matt Doelling Center  
#42 Dalton Wilson Running Back  

 

2013 Dekalb County 
Football Coaches Association All County Football Team

#63 Tommy Parks Offensive Tackle  
#14 Thomas O'Leary Place Kicker  
#02 Nick Ruffin Defensive Back  
#32 Daniel Crochet Linebacker  
#12 Fred Dorsey Defensive Back  

 

 

 

 


 

 

2013 Pre-Game Videos 

2013 Pregame Video 12
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2013 Pregame Video 5
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2013 Pregame Video 4
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2013 Pregame Video 3
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2013 Pregame Video 2
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2013 Pre Game Video I
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