Multiple St. Pius standouts make all region teams

The St. Pius X Catholic Golden Lions had 14 football players selected to All-Region teams Dec. 10, including six players selected to the first team All-Region team.

Senior tight end Lawson Schultz and senior offensive lineman Joseph Miller represented the Golden Lions on the All-Region first team offense.

The Golden Lions’ offense averaged more than 15 points per game last season and scored more than 20 points four times, including two late season 42-point outings against Heritage and Stephens County.

John Mckimmy rushing the quarterback.

Senior defensive lineman John McKimmy, junior defensive lineman Will Ver Meulen, junior linebacker Walker Stevens and senior safety Nick Joiner were the four St. Pius X Catholic players selected to the first team All-Region defense.

The defense held five opponents to 14 or less points and held its opponents to 21 or less points in every game St. Pius won this season.

St. Pius finished the season with a record of 6-6 and a 2-2 record in district play before falling to Woodward Academy in the second round of the state playoffs after beating Heritage 42-14 in round one.

St. Pius was well represented on the All-Region second team, which included the Golden Lions’ secondary.

Sophomore defensive back Cameron Cainion, senior defensive back Jadon Rodgers and sophomore defensive back Austin Taylor were the three defensive backs from St. Pius selected to the All-Region second team, while sophomore defensive lineman Anderson Crawford was another defensive player to make the second team from the Golden Lions.

Sophomore running back Cameron Wingo, junior wide receiver RJ Brewster, junior offensive lineman Camden Wooden and junior place kicker Ryan Kirschner round out St. Pius’ second team selections.

St. Pius X Catholic takes the field.

St. Pius will lose four of their first team All-Region selections and one of their second team All-Region selections from last season to graduation after losing players such as Zach Ranson (current Wake Forrest linebacker) the year before.

The Golden Lions are coached by Paul Standard. According to St. Pius’ website, Standard will enter his 20th year of coaching next year, and based on all the departures, Standard will be looking at a rebuild at some positions.

However, Standard has only had one losing season since arriving at St. Pius, and the talent the Golden Lions return should make the transition into next season easier on Standard and his team.

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