Jordan Shaw sparks St. Pius to victory over St. Genevieve

DOWNEY — St. Pius football three-star wide receiver Jordan Shaw was a difference maker for his team in a 52-0 victory at home Friday against Del Rey league opponent St. Genevieve (1-6, 0-2).

St. Pius (5-1, 2-0) dominated the game at all three levels of play starting at kickoff.

The Warriors had a total of 223 passing yards, 209 rushing yards, seven total touchdowns, seven defensive sacks, and one field goal.

Since Devah Thomas took over as coach for St. Pius two years ago, Friday’s victory was the first over St. Genevieve.

“St. Genevieve coach (Billy Parra) has really been doing a great job. We’re 0-2 against them,” said Thomas. “We haven’t beat them yet and he has his team well prepared for us.”

Before Friday’s game, St. Pius received the news that senior quarterback Dieter Barr was no longer injured and cleared to play.

Thomas said both quarterbacks would have opportunities to play coming into Friday’s game.

Can confirm that St. Pius QB Dieter Barr will be back for the Warriors tonight. Coach Devah Thomas said the plan is play both and see how the game goes.@PiusMatthias @StPiusXFooball @YUNG_GURU_ @BeachVarsity pic.twitter.com/HwTYwze2ts

— Thomas Murray (@Thomas_L_Murray) October 8, 2022

 

Barr ended up playing most of the night and finished completing six out of nine passes with 205 yards and two passing touchdowns.

St. Pius started scoring points from the moment they touched the ball when Shaw returned a punt for a 61-yard touchdown.

“You know I just had to get to the end zone,” said Shaw. “The coaches preach to us, ‘Touch the ball, score,’ so I made a guy miss and got to the end zone.”

Shaw finished with two catches, but both were for touchdowns.

St. Pius led 28-0 at halftime of the Del Rey League game.

The Warrior’s defense was led by senior defensive end D’Angelo Davis, who finished the night with four and a half sacks.

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Thomas believes the team’s ability to have time together and study film during the school day played a big factor in their victory Friday night.

“Us having a (fourth period) of football kind of helps us because we can go through the film and go to the weight room,” said Thomas. ‘Then we start off with special teams and go offense and defense, kind of split the days a little, and just put it all together.”

St. Pius finished the second half scoring three more touchdowns, two passing and one rushing from Deshunn Powell.

St. Pius will play a road game next week against Harvard-Westlake on Oct. 14.

St. Genevieve will host St. Anthony on Friday, Oct. 14.