‘All I really care about is winning’

A rivalry is renewed as the football team plays Marist this Friday night for the first time since 2019


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The football team crashes through the banner on Homecoming night as they prepare to battle Riverwood. The Golden Lions won the game 41-14.

Tripp Buhler, Staff Writer

Golden Lions vs. War Eagles. Blue and Gold vs. Blue and Gold. The age-old rivalry between St. Pius X and Marist, dubbed the “Fish Bowl,” returns to the gridiron for the first time since 2019 on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 pm at George B. Maloof Field. Matchups between the two passionate Catholic school communities have been circled on schedules for since St. Pius X was founded in 1958, with Marist opening its doors in 1901.

The last meeting in September of 2019 was a 30-0 clobbering, with the War Eagles prevailing. The year before, St. Pius earned a shutout victory of their own, taking it 17-0. 

The Golden Lions have been gearing up this week to fight tooth and nail against the War Eagles, and they’ll take the field on Friday with a three-game winning streak. After a loss to Parkview on September 16, they steamrolled through the region schedule and outscored their opponents 95-34. 

Marist had a cakewalk through the region as well, making Friday’s Fish Bowl the region championship game.

“All I really care about is winning,” senior wide receiver Francesco Galante said. 

Marist leads the overall series 32-19-3. This game will also be Senior Night for St. Pius, and the Class of 2023 is hoping to close out their careers with one final victory over the War Eagles. Tickets are available at gofan.co, and student IDs can be used for free entry. The Fish Bowl will also be broadcasted live on NFHSNetwork.com with commentary from newspaper staff members Tripp Buhler and Miles Johnson.