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St. Pius football changes focus in spring, pins title hopes on veteran defense
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Published in 4-3-2014
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St. Pius head football coach Blake Ware built his coaching career by developing intricate, high-scoring offenses. While St. Pius relied heavily on its passing attack featuring quarterback Kohl Stewart (Texas A&M) a year ago, Ware warned fans that the Panthers may look different in the fall. St. Pius coaches streamlined spring practice to nine days to accommodate the Panthers' recent appearance at the TAPPS Class 5A State Baseball Tournament. Up front, St. Pius is led by senior Sam Pierce at nose guard and seniors Clayton Owen and Avery Sims at defensive end. The Panthers welcome back senior Corinthians Walker at inside linebacker and juniors Marcus Evans and Darius Law at outside linebacker. Senior Chase Fontana, a returning second-team, all-stater at cornerback, anchors an experienced secondary that also features junior Jalen Smith at free safety. "What is great about the defense is we should be strong on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary," Ware said.