- FOOTBALL: Key Plays Help Pius X Over York
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Pius X's defense was key in stopping what has been a high-powered running and passing attack from the York Dukes.
The Thunderbolts forced three turnovers, two fumbles and one interception, and managed to score on two key drives to secure a 14-10 victory Friday night before a homecoming crowd at Aldrich Field.
Pius X (2-2) fell behind early, when York's first drive of the game resulted in a 27-yard field goal from Jorre Luther to put the Dukes ahead 3-0. Two possessions later, Pius X responded with their first scoring strike, on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Andersen to Robbie Hansen and the 'Bolts jumped ahead 7-3 with 8:16 left in the first half.
The Dukes (2-2) held a steady drive late in the second quarter, only to be capped by Jonah Otte's one-yard scoring run with 46 seconds left. York regained the lead and led 10-7 at the half.
Pius X seemed to respond to that scoring drive really well by wasting no time setting up what was the game's final scoring drive.
To open the second half, the Thunderbolts started a 72-yard drive and moved the ball down field with Andersen finding receivers like Hansen and Jack Rice. Andersen would cap the drive with a one-yard quarterback keeper into the end zone.
Things got tricky late in the game. Pius X had the ball at the York 5-yard line when Anderson rolled out on a 4th and Goal play with 22 seconds remaining, looking for a receiver in the end zone. His pass was intercepted by Duke linebacker JJ Schulz, who seemed destined to break free for a long return.
Schulz took a hit from a Pius player, fumbled the ball and the Thunderbolts jumped on the ball to regain possession. Andersen took a knee when Pius went into victory formation and sealed the win as time ran out.
It hasn't been the easiest of schedules for Pius. They fell to Gretna in overtime in Week 1, before posting a 51-7 rout of Omaha Benson and falling in a tough game with Ralston last Friday night 14-10.
Pius X now hits the road next Friday to play Omaha Gross.