St. Pius X has a strong contingent and some skill players. It’s the offensive line that proves a challenge.
For coach Rick Byers, it’s about starting quickly early in the season.
“We always seem to play undersized up front, but our kids have huge hearts,” Byers said. “If we can find some kids who give us a punch up front, we’re going to have a good shot.”
With seven returning starters on offense, the Warriors will rely on some veteran leadership.
Senior Nicholas Kelliher, a fullback and linebacker, was an all-state and all-conference selection last season.
“He’s just got a great work ethic, Byers said. “He’s a good football player and solid kid.”
Marshall Mason has made the move from wide receiver to quarterback to give St. Pius X some versatility. His experience at defensive back and wide receiver will be helpful, as well.
“He’s been a great person for our program and a great leader,” Byers said.
One lineman that Byers hopes will help is four-year starter Noah Jury, who continues to be a stable force up front.
For now, Byers seeks consistency and hopes to win a few more games early. His Warriors won five of their last six games last season.
“They’re really excited to start fast this season,” he said. “They know we’re going to do well at the end.”