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Pilots Clinch Playoff & Prep Bowl Spots

Posted by Atif Lodhi on Sep 30 2007 at 05:00PM PDT

For the second straight year, De La Salle captured both a MHSAA playoff spot and a Prep Bowl spot with a 39-7 win over Divine Child Saturday night at Fitzgerald High School.  The win puts DLS at 6-0 on the year, 3-0 in the CHSL Central Division.

The Pilots got rolling early - after Tony Ramirez intercepted a Divine Child pass on the first play of the game, it took the DLS offense just two plays to score on a 13 yard pass from Josh Sinagoga to Kyle Torzy, putting DLS up 6-0, which would be the only scoring in the first quarter after exchanging punts and DLS fumbling the ball through the endzone for a Divine Child touchback.

On their first possession of the second quarter, it took De La Salle three plays to go 72 yards, the last 50 coming on a Chad O'Shell run which put DLS up, after Kyle Torzy's two-point conversion run, 14-0 on the Falcons.  But DLS was not done in the first half - after a Jimmy Martinez interception and 20 yard run back to the DC 21 yard line, it took two plays, the last nine on a Chad O'Shell run to put DLS up 20-0 going into halftime.

In the third quarter, more of the same: On De La Salle's first possession on the second half, the Pilot offense went 80 yards in three plays, the final 71 on Chad O'Shell's third touchdown run of the game, putting DLS up 26-0.  On Divine Child's first possession of the second half, DC faced a 3rd and 9 from its own 35 yard line, but on the Adam Forester run, David Blackburn forced the fumble and returned it 36 yards to give DLS a 33-0 lead.  After another Falcon punt, the DLS offense took over at their own 40 yard line, but it only took the Pilots one play to score, as Andre Dortch took the handoff and raced 60 yards into the endzone, giving DLS a 39-0 lead.  Divine Child ended up scoring on a 33 yard pass from Marty Mitchell to Matt McMillan with 2:27 left in the game, but it was too little too late for the Falcons.

Now that a playoff and a Prep Bowl berths have been secured, DLS can now set its sight on a Central Division Championship, but to do that, the Pilot face a tough Brother Rice team that welcomed back its quarterback, Andy Lentz, this past weekend.  DLS will play on Saturday, October 6th at Southfield Lathrup High School at 1:00 PM.  Get there early as there will be a large crowd on hand for the game.  Directions to Southfield Lathrup can be found under 'Locations' on the left side of the website.

So until Saturday, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!

News and Notes:  De La Salle has now started off the season 6-0 in back to back seasons for the first time since the 1984-1985 football seasons, which was also the last time De La Salle started off the league season 3-0 in back to back seasons...De La Salle's leading rusher against Divine Child was Chad O'Shell who had 195 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns...O'Shell has scored 18 touchdowns so far this season...Overall, De La Salle rushed for 342 yards against DC...Josh Sinagoga was 5 for 6 passing the ball for 57 yards and the one touchdown to Torzy...David Blackburn caught four passes for 44 yards...The De La Salle defense scored its first touchdown of the year with Blackburn's fumble recovery...De La Salle has scored 207 points through its first six games, which is a school record...This was De La Salle's largest margin of victory against Divine Child...De La Salle is now 9-5 lifetime against Divine Child...De La Salle is going the Prep Bowl for the second straight year, the first time that has happened since the 1993-1994 seasons...De La Salle has now qualified for the state playoffs four times in the past six seasons, six times overall.

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