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09/15/2017 - FOOTBALL: Pius X Wins Marathon Over Papio

By Jeff Motz

By the looks of the scoreboard in the north end zone area of Aldrich Field, you would have thought there was a basketball game or a marathon of a football game Friday night.

In the end, though, Lincoln Pius X managed to jump ahead to create some space and held on for a 59-41 win over Papillion-LaVista, breaking a Pius X school record for combined points in a game.

Senior running back Chris Cassidy sparked the Thunderbolt offense by running for 190 yards and four touchdowns, including a 35-yard, fourth quarter breakaway for his final score of the night.

Pius X (2-2) struck first on their second drive, when fullback Josh Andreasen scored on a 20-yard run to cap a 61-yard drive with 2:55 left in the first quarter.  About 30 seconds later, Papillion-LaVista responded on a 3-play, 71-yard scoring drive off a 45-yard run from Jerome Barnes.

Cassidy scored his first touchdown on a 3-yard run with 8:09 to play before halftime that gave the Thunderbolts a 14-7 lead.  Then off the first play from scrimmage, Barnes set out for an 80-yard scoring run for the Monarchs and tied the game at 14.

Then Pius X scored two unanswered touchdowns to end the first half.  Andreasen scored on a three-yard run, after a long gain from Cassidy, then Joe Dworak caught a 20-yard touchdown pass for a 28-14 halftime lead.

Cassidy's two-yard touchdown run and quarterback Austin Jablonski's 22-yard scoring strike off an option play gave the Thunderbolts a 42-14 lead late in the third quarter.  At the same time, Pius X's defense was able to capitalize off penalties committed by the Monarch offense.

Barnes finally struck back for Papio, running for a 15-yard touchdown, before Pius X extended the lead off a 29-yard Noah McCashland field goal.  Barnes responded with a 44-yard scoring run that pulled the Monarchs to within 18, trailing 45-27.  He finished the night with 246 yards on the ground.

Pius X wasted no time in scoring again, taking to the air on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Jablonski to Dworak and a 52-27 advantage. 

Papio (1-3) added another touchdown when senior quarterback Jacob Ashby threw a 56-yard pass to Tyler Robinson.  By that point, Pius X kept the Monarchs out of reach.

As a team, Pius X had 593 yards of total offense.
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