Pius X capitalizes on turnovers, dominates Green Wave
In a battle for the All American Conference, Pius X flexed their muscles and dominated the Nativity Green Wave on both sides of the ball. Pius X forced seven turnovers and capitalized on almost all of them as they toppled the Green Wave 64-22.
Pius X’s junior quarterback, Tre Jordan, was firing on all cylinders all afternoon letting just two passes fall incomplete. He finished the day throwing for a whopping 355 yards completing 18-20 passes and also adding four scores. All of this in the first half after building a 51-7 advantage.
Defensively the Green Wave really struggled giving up 567 total yards which included 212 rushing yards and 355 passing yards. Wide Receiver Aaron Weller paced the Royals receiving game as he hauled in six passes for 137 yards and one score. Wide Receiver Jon Moron also was over the 100 receiving yard mark as he hauled in three catches for 105 yards and two scores.
Senior Jeff Yordy talked about the defensive effort,“The Defense needs to be sharper. We can’t be giving up over 60 points in a game and expect to win it. If we can limit the scoring and cause more turnovers we’ll be fine.”
This is the second time this season the Green Wave “D” has given up 60+ points.
The Green Wave turned the ball over on three out of their first four possessions starting them off in the hole. The Royals would capitalize on two of these turnovers giving them a comfy 14-0 advantage. The Royals added another score late in the first quarter to propel them to a 21-0 lead after one quarter.
The second quarter was much like the first, all Pius X (6-2 1-0) as they found the end zone four times and added a field goal. They jumped out to an insurmountable 51-7 lead at half. Nativity (3-5 2-1) finally found the board in the closing minutes of the second quarter as the familiar connection of Dominic Piccioni to Jeff Yordy found pay dirt from 14 yards away.
Pius X again found the end zone in the third which extended an already massive lead to 58-7. Nativity didn’t give in however, notching two scores in the fourth. Both scores came on the backs of the team’s star Jeff Yordy. His first score was a 33 yard run and his second a 10 yard run. Pius X would add another score before the clock chimed zero making the score 64-22.
Senior Dominic Piccioni gave his thoughts on the game, “Our coaches wanted us to go out and win the second half and we did that. We worked on little things in the second half to help us to prepare for the next two weeks.”
The Green Wave still have a shot at reaching the post season but for that to happen they would have to win their last two contests against Bucktail (0-7 0-2 AAFC) and Minersville (1-7 1-7 AFL).
The Green Wave will have home field advantage for both contests. Next week the Green Wave face All American Conference foe Bucktail whom they beat in a week four contest by the score of 46-30.
Defensive Coordinator Josh Muldowney talked about the upcoming Bucks offense, “They are going to run the same stuff they have been running. But we need to be prepared for some different things next week.”
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