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Pilots Bring Out Purples, Beat ND 21-6

Posted by Atif Lodhi on Sep 07 2001 at 05:00PM PDT
Tradition is a big part of De La Salle football. In the eyes of observers, it makes us who we are today. One of the biggest traditions of the De La Salle football program is the color purple. To some, it may not seem like a big deal, but to De La Salle and everyone associated with it, purple is De La Salle. So when Coach Brandon had an opportunity to restore the time-honored purple jerseys, he jumped on the opportunity. So, for the first time since October of 1999, the Pilots of De La Salle wore purple jerseys for a football game. And wouldn't you know it, the result was the same: a win. De La Salle beat arch-rival Notre Dame 21-6 at a rain-soaked East Detroit Memorial. The start of the game was delayed to 8:00 pm and the referees stopped the game on two different occasions due to lightning in the area. The game finally concluded at around 11:00 pm. The game started off slow for both teams, but De La Salle jumped out in front towards the end of the second quarter when Joe Novak ran the ball into the endzone from 15 yards out to give DLS a 6-0 lead. About 2 minutes later, Joe Novak intercepted an errant ND pass and ran that in from 30 yards out for another touchdown. Oh, by the way, Joe also ran the conversion in to make it 14-0 DLS. In the second half, ND scored on its second possession of the second half, driving 76 yards to score their lone score. On the ensuing drive, De La Salle finally put the game out of reach with a 1 yard dive into the endzone by, no, not Joe Novak, but Justin Turner with 6:48 left in the game. For the game, Joe Novak rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries, Justin Turner rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries, and Brad Sabo finished off the triple running threat with 43 yards on the ground. ND finished with only 119 total yards for the game with 18 yards coming in the first half. Great game guys! De La Salle is now 2-1 for the year. Now the focus goes on to Brother Rice. As many of you remember, Rice humiliated De La Salle 30-0 last year at East Detroit and is coming into this game at 2-0, barely beating U of D, 21-20. This year, the Pilots are looking for a bit of revenge and to start off the league season on the right foot. The game is Saturday, September 15th at 7:00 pm. The game will be held at SEAHOLM High School in Birmingham. Let's go Pilots! Let's make it two in a row! Good Luck and Go Pilots!image

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