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Pilots Start 2007 Off On Right Foot

Posted by Atif Lodhi on Aug 27 2007 at 05:00PM PDT

The De La Salle Pilots got off to a flying start in 2007 with a 41-0 win over Detroit Kettering at Fitzgerald High School Friday night.  This is the 3rd straight year and the 10th time in 12 seasons the Pilots have won the opening game of the season.

After a delay due to storms in the area, the game did not start until after 9 PM, but the late start did not affect the Pilots as they scored early and often on a befuddled Kettering defense.  It started in the first quarter when Chad O'Shell took the handoff on the first play from scrimmage and scampered 49 yards into the endzone for a quick 7-0 lead.  On the next possession after a Kettering punt, the Pilots went 23 yards in 5 plays before junior Andrew Stebens connected on a 33 yard field goal a 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, it was more of the same: after a pass interference call on Kettering moved the ball to the Kettering 28 yard line, O'Shell again took the handoff and raced into the end zone giving DLS a 17-0 lead.  After another Kettering drive sputtered, the Pilots took over at their own 24 yard line.  Three plays later, O'Shell again took the hand off from the DLS 26 and again, ran all the way to the end zone, this time a 74 yard run to pay dirt giving DLS a 24-0 lead.  While O'Shell's night was done after his third touchdown, the DLS was not.  After the Kettering offense went three-and-out, the Pilots took over at the Kettering 47 yard line.  On the first play of the drive, sophomore Tim Zabawa took the handoff and went 47 yards, scoring the Pilots' third touchdown of the quarter and givng DLS a 31-0 lead.  The Pilots would tack on 21 yard Andrew Stebens field goal at the end of the second quarter to give DLS a 34-0 lead at half.

In the second half, the Pilot reserves where given a chance to prove themselves and they did not disappoint, holding Kettering to 24 total yards in the second half, while adding on another touchdown, this one a 19 yard run by junior Alex Pierse, give the final margin of victory and start the 2007 season on the right foot.

This coming week, De La Salle will take on Flint Carman-Ainsworth at Fitzgerald High School on Friday, August 31st at 7 PM.  Last year, DLS beat Carman-Ainsworth 37-7 in Flint and will be looking for a bit of payback.  Carman-Ainsworth lost their first game of the season to Saline 27-24.

So until Friday Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!

News and Notes:  Chad O'Shell led all rushers with 157 on just 4 carries and three touchdowns...Other than O'Shell, 13 other Pilots had rushing attempts in the game...The Pilots rushed for 330 yards on 32 carries, which is third all time for most rushing yards in a game...This was De La Salle's first ever meeting with Detroit Kettering in football...The victory over Kettering was the largest margin of victory for DLS in a game since 2004 when the Pilots beat Windsor Sandwich 48-6...Andrew Stebens did his best Kyle Torzy imitation, going 2 for 2 on field goal attempts...Meanwhile, Kyle Torzy did his best Shane Torzy imitation, sending 3 of his 6 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks...DLS is 1-0 all-time against Flint Carman-Ainsworth...Like last year, Carman-Ainsworth lost their first game of the year last year against Saline before facing the Pilots.

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