Spring Fling Tour: St. Pius X Panthers

What more could a defending state champion team, that went undefeated last year, want in a Spring Game? They have an all-state quarterback coming back along with quite a bit of the team. How about some depth at the "skill" positions? Well check that one off as freshman quarterback Jamie Peebles bombed his way for five touchdowns passes to make his introduction to the St. Pius fans.

Spring Fling Report: St. Pius X Panthers

Spring games are great to get returning lettermen a chance to show their improvement and to offer opportunities to young players to shine. Some take more advantage of the opportunities than others. for Jamie Peebles he took big advantage of the spring game to show that he will be a big part of St. Pius' future. Though he has an all-state quarterback in front of him Peebles should be confident that he will learn from one of the best andm most talented quarterbacks in the area in Billy Noonan. So what did Peebles do to warrant such praise? He threw for five touchdown passes on the day on a wet field where conditions where less than ideal. 

Billy Noonan played in his first practice of the year so he was rusty and obviously frustrated with his performance. He is an all-state caliber quarterback and will be back to form after a couple of practices. 

Nick McCoy is another name to remember, he will only be a junior. He was on the receiving end of three of those touchdown passes from Peebles. He will be one of several top receivers St.Pius will have next year. Landon Johnson is a transfer from Fort Bend Baptist but he did not dress up, transfers are not allowed to play in the spring game. Another receiver had an impressive game in Howard Risher (5'8 165 4.50). Risher showed some excellent concentration on bringing the ball in on several passes. 

Some more bad news for St. Pius' opponents, they have a ton of linemen on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. The offensive line prospects are headed by Vanderbuilt commit, Richard Cagle who played both ways in the game. Cagle has some size already but after meeting with his dad the possibility of him being even bigger than 6'5 265 is a definite possibility. He has not filled out yet and can put on a lot of good weight with some intense weight room work. He has a good first step and is aggressive on offense, which comes from him also being a defensive line prospect. He is currently # 71 on the TexasPrepInsider.com Greater Houston Area top 100 list but after his showing on Monday his stock has risen in our eyes. Also on the line is sophomore Cody Caleb (6'5 285 5.30), he had a solid game and showed that he is a prospect to watch down the line. 

The Panthers running back, Matt Quintero (sr), had a big day also busting some long runs. He had a good junior year and he should be All-State as a senior. He is not a spectacular running back but he is productive and can work for tough yards. 

Let's sum them up on offense, big, tough offensive line, several productive receivers, all-state running back, and an all-state quarterback with a talented backup. Wow.

On defense St. Pius has a pair of talented junior defensive linemen who had good games. Defensive end Enrico Forbes (6'6 277 4.70) is a raw prospect who got into the backfield on a consistent basis and has the long arms that colleges love in linemen. Defensive tackle Neil Crumpton (6'2 285 5.10) is another standout on the day, he can stuff the run and make plays in the backfield also. 

Perhaps the Defensive MVP of the game was senior Houston Hancock (6'2 225) who was all over the field making tackles and making some big hits. He is very active and is good at attacking the ball, he has enough speed to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage and disrupt plays. He was very impressive, maybe not fast enough for a high division one team but he is a player and a footballer so he should get a lot of attention. 

In the secondary James Lackey and Derrick Hawkins are prospects. Lackey had a solid game and made several plays on the day. In college he will be a linebacker most likely but in high school he is a big safety and can be a very good player.

Overall the play was a bit sloppy because of the field condition and so many players out for baseball till the game. St. Pius is going to be tough to beat, they have a ton of offensive weapons and several disrupters on defense.

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