The Pius X Thunderbolt football team captured their first win of the season on Friday by a score of 12-7 against the Lincoln High Links.
“This is a huge step in the right direction.” Senior defensive linemen Joe Heim said. “Just like last week I feel as if the defense did our part in helping the team.”
And help they did. With about 5 minutes left in the first quarter, the Bolts defense put pressure on Lincoln High quarterback JaReese Buzby who threw the ball out of bounds in the endzone for an intentional grounding. By rule, that is a safety and the Bolts cut the Lincoln High lead to 7-2.
The next series for the Bolts consisted of pounding the ball through the line which wore down the Lincoln High linemen. Senior Blake Vodicka gave the Bolts a 9-7 lead after running the ball in from 5 yards out for a touchdown early in the second quarter.
“This is a huge momentum game for us.” Vodicka said. “It seemed like we just couldn’t get it going for the first two games of the season. And I felt like this game we might have turned a corner.”
The big stop in this game came with 54 seconds left on the clock. When the Links drove down to the Pius eight-yard line and were a touchdown away from coming away with a win.
But that is not what the Bolts had in mind as they made a stop on 4 consecutive plays to come away with their first win of the season.
“This is a huge game for the boys, and I am so happy and proud of them for coming in here and getting the job done.” Pius head coach Ryan Kearney said.
The Bolt family also had a thought in the back of their mind today. Officer Mario Herrera, who was a Pius father, sadly passed away last Monday after being shot in the line of duty.
“The team talked about how we happen to struggle with our own difficulties. But some things are bigger than our own hardships.” Kearney said. “The Herrera family has our thoughts and prayers, and full support. And I would like to dedicate this win to the Herrera family.
The Bolts continue their season Friday, September 18 at Gretna.