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St. Pius X grinds past Jenkintown

Posted Friday, September 18, 2009 by Dennis Weller
The St. Pius X football team didn’t do anything fancy last Saturday afternoon. Good blocking from the offensive line, hard running by the fellows behind them, and a determined defense were all the Lions needed to rack up their second straight non-league win of the season, 26-0 at Jenkintown High.

Pius (2-0) rolled up 326 yards on the ground, including 140 by Cole Parkinson and 137 by Mike Matthews, while averaging a little better than six yards on its 53 rushing attempts. Meanwhile, the defense held the Drakes (0-2) to 100 total yards and came up with big plays to maintain the shutout on the few occasions that the hosts made it into Lions’ territory.

The Lions had opened the season with a one-point win over Simon Gratz, but were anything but complacent coming into Saturday afternoon’s contest.

“We definitely weren’t satisfied,” said Parkinson, who ran for 83 yards in the first half. “We had to come out even harder, and that’s what we did, and it paid off.”

Pius defenders dropped Drakes’ ballcarriers for losses twice on the first series of plays on the afternoon and quickly forced a punt. They also held the hosts without a first down the second time around.

The Lions drove 65 yards on nine plays over exactly five minutes on their next try to get on the board, culminating in a 12-yard run into the end zone by Parkinson on the second play of the second quarter.

Then the hosts threatened for the first time on their next possession after Devon Perkins returned the ensuing kickoff 35 yards and a penalty tacked on at the end put the ball on Pius’ 30. But the Lions’ defense again shut the Drakes down, with an 11-yard sack of the quarterback on fourth down by Martin Shields giving the ball back to the visitors.

A three-yard scoring run by Matthews capped a 57-yard drive to make it 12-0 midway through the second quarter, Matthews scored again from one yard out to finish a 73-yard drive in the third quarter, and Parkinson closed out a 75-yard march with an eight-yard burst with 8:25 to go in the game.

Meanwhile, Jenkintown made it into the Lions’ end of the field with an interception late in the first half, but Connor Myers picked off a pass on the next play to end that threat. Then the hosts moved to the Pius 21 late in the third quarter with the help of a 43-yard kickoff return by Aden Twer, but the Lions’ defense pushed the Drakes back to the 25 and forced them to relinquish the ball on downs.

Shields recovered a Jenkintown fumble near midfield early in the fourth quarter. Then the hosts mounted their biggest threat of the day when quarterback Pat Stillmun hit Perkins for a 59-yard pass play to the 19 with less than five minutes to go. But Rogers dropped Stillmun for a six-yard loss and Pius preserved the coveted shutout.

St. Pius X    0    12    7    7—26

Jenkintown    0    0    0    0—0

SPX—Parkinson 12 run (kick failed)

SPX—Matthews 3 run (run failed)

SPX—Matthews 1 run (Cherneskie kick)

SPX—Parkinson 8 run (Cherneskie kick)

Team Statistics

    SPX    Jenkintown

First downs    22    8

Yards rushing    326    (-13)

Yards passing    20    113

Total yards    346    100

Passes C-A-I    2-5-1    9-21-1

Fumbles-Lost    4-1     3-1

Penalties    4-45    4-50

Punts    1-29.0    2-45.0

Individual Statistics


St. Pius X: Parkinson 24-140, 2 TD’s; Matthews 16-137, 2 TD’s; Pollick 5-37; Cherneskie 3-17; Myers 1-5; Giacomucci 1-1; Lockbaum 1-(-5); Weiss 2-(-6).

Jenkintown: Kinniry 9-20; McCarthy 8-1; Stillmun 5-(-34).


St. Pius X: Parkinson 2-5-20, 1 INT.

Jenkintown: Stillmun, 9-21-113, 1 INT.


St. Pius X: Myers 2-20.

Jenkintown: Twer 6-34; Stumpo 2-20; Perkins 1-59.

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