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Adams Downs Pilots In Season Finale

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Nov 3, 2007 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

On a rainy, Friday night in Rochester Hills, the Rochester Adams Highlanders clicked on all cylinders, beating the De La Salle Pilots 34-6 to end De La Salle's season in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.  De La Salle finishes the year at 6-4.

The Highlanders scored early and often, scoring 10 points in the first quarter on a 44 yard field goal and a Josh Renel 28 yard touchdown run.  In the second quarter, it was more of the same as Renel returned a DLS punt 78 yards for a touchdown, scored on a five yard run, then Adams QB Andrew Waszak scored on a one yard run to give Adams a 31-0 lead at half.

In the second half, Adams scored on a 33 yard field goal to go up 34-0.  De La Salle went down the field and scored on a two yard Kyle Torzy touchdown run, which was set up by a 27 yard run by Andre Dortch to close the gap to 34-6, but it was closest the Pilots got the rest of the night. 

A season wrap-up and announcement of awards will be done after the Football Banquet in late November.

News and Notes:  De La Salle's All-Catholic Players this year were: David Blackburn, John Martinez, Kyle Torzy, and Chad O'Shell.  De La Salle's All-League Players were: Chet Privett, Fred Elias, and Jim Martinez.  Chad O'Shell and David Blackburn were named All-Macomb County First-Team Offense, with Kyle Torzy being named All-Macomb County First Team Defense.  John Martinez was named All-Macomb County Second Team Defense.

In arguably the biggest heartbreaker game since last year's state final game, the Pilots of De La Salle lost to Catholic Central last Saturday, October 20th, on a last second, 44 yard field goal 10-7.  The loss put DLS at 6-3 to end the regular season.

What made this game so difficult was the fact that the DLS defense did a fantastic job of shutting down the CC offense, allowing only 68 total yards for the entire game.  The DLS offense played well at times, but when it the offense needed to get that extra yard during the game, often times it fell short.

The scoring started in early in the first quarter as CC capitalized on a DLS fumble, returning it 31 yards to go up 7-0 with 11:43 left in the first quarter.  After a few jitters, the DLS offense settled down, scoring on its third possession of the game on a 3 yard run by Kyle Torzy to end a 9 play, 72 yard drive, tying the score at 7.  DLS had a chance in the 2nd quarter to go ahead, driving down inside the CC 1 yard line, but failed to punch it in on fourth down, leaving the score tied at 7 going into halftime.

In the second half, more of the same - back and forth between the two teams, but a costly special teams miscue by the Pilots gave CC field position for the second half of the fourth quarter.  In the end, the Pilot offense could not muster any more yards and CC took advantage of a short DLS punt with two minutes left in the game, giving the Shamrocks the ball at the DLS 30 yard line.  After three plays and four yards, CC lined up for a 44 yard field goal try.  After two DLS timeouts to "freeze" the kicker, the Shamrocks lined up and willed the ball and barely clear the uprights, handing the Pilots its third straight loss for the first time since 2005.

But now it's a new season - playoff season and it begins Friday, October 26th against Rochester Adams at Adams. Game time is 7 PM.  Adams High School is located on the corner of Adams Road and Tienkien (25 Mile Road).  Get there early as its sure to be a highly attended game.

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

News and Notes:  This was the first time since 1982 that DLS had played Catholic Central twice in a year...The result then was the same as the result this year: a split with the Shamrocks...DLS has not won at the Prep Bowl since 1985 when the Pilots beat Detroit DePorres 17-12 in the Wildcard Game...DLS had 174 total yards of offense to CC's 68...This was the first time DLS had not given up an offensive touchdown to Catholic Central since 1994...This is the fourth time in the last six seasons that DLS has made it to the MHSAA playoffs...This is the second time in school history that DLS will play Rochester Adams - the last time was in 2002 when the Pilots defeated Adams 13-10 in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs.

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Eaglets Put Down Pilots 28-13

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 16, 2007 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Orchard Lake St. Mary's, behind a strong running attack, beat De La Salle last Saturday afternoon 28-13, dropping DLS to 6-2 on the season, 3-2 in league play. 

The scoring started off in the first quarter as OLSM took advantage of a Josh Sinagoga fumble at the DLS 11 yard line, as OLSM QB Robert Bolden threw a 9 yard strike to Jason Semmes to give OLSM the 7-0 lead.  But the Pilots responded, going 70 yards in five plays, culminated by Kyle Torzy's 35 yard touchdown run, tying the game at 7.  But OLSM responded, going 80 yards in 11 plays, aided by a highly questionable pass interference call, with Robert Bolden throwing his second touchdown pass of the day, this one to Justin Semmes to give OLSM a 14-7 lead at halftime.

In the second half, it was more of the same for the Eaglets, with more questionable calls aiding OLSM.  After being forced to punt on their first possession, OLSM punted the ball, but collided with the DLS returnman before he could get the ball.  Somehow along the way, OLSM recovered the ball at the DLS 43 and drove to the DLS 15 yard line before missing a field goal.  After DLS went three-and-out, OLSM took over at their own 37 yard line.  The Eaglets drove 63 yards in 6 plays, again aided by a questionable penalty, this one a late hit on the Pilots, before Dominque White scored from 21 yards out to give OLSM a 21-7 lead.  But DLS quickly responded, going 70 yards in five plays, again culminated with a Kyle Torzy touchdown run, this one of 28 yards to cut the OLSM lead to 21-13.  But OLSM sealed the game with a 16 play, 75 yard drive which ended with a Jason Semmes 1 yard run, giving a 28-13 and effectively ending the game. 

Now the attention turns to Catholic Central where there is a lot on the line for both teams: whoever wins the game will definately have the momentum entering the state playoffs.

DLS will play at Catholic Central on Saturday, October 20th at 1:00 PM at Ford Field.  Directions to Ford Field can be found under 'Locations' on the website.  Tickets at the gate will be $8.00

So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!

News and Notes:  Kyle Torzy led DLS with 10 tackles on the day...Kyle also lead the DLS ground game with 97 yards on 8 carries and two touchdowns...Josh Sinagoga was 7 for 13 passing the ball for 74 yards...Darryl Pitts lead the team in receiving yards with 33, but David Blackburn caught the most balls on Saturday with three catches...Jimmy Martinez had an interception for the Pilots, his fourth of the season...the DLS defense has 12 interceptions so far this season... DLS is 6-10 all-time versus OLSM...DLS will participate in the Prep Bowl for the second straight year, the first time that has happened since the 1993-1994 football seasons...This is the first time since 1982 that DLS will play Catholic Central twice in a season; that year DLS beat CC the first game, but lost the second game...In sub-varsity action, the freshmen football team defeated OLSM to finish second in the league this year with a 58-38 win this past Saturday, putting their record at 7-1 for the year...The JV football team came back from a 14 point defecit to tie OLSM 28-28 to put their record for the year at 2-5-1, 2-2-1 in league play.

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Warriors Down Pilots 17-7

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 10, 2007 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

For the second straight year, De La Salle headed into the Brother Rice game undefeated.  Unfortunately, for the second straight year, the Pilots came out of the game with a loss, this time a 17-7 decision against Brother Rice at Southfield Lathrup.  DLS is now 6-1 on the year, 3-1 in the Central Division.

It was a fierce defensive struggle in the first half, as evidenced by the 10 total points scored by both teams in the half.  Brother Rice jumped out on top in the first quarter on a 29 yard Ryan Kelly field goal which capped off a 4 play, 5 yard drive after Brother Rice recoved a blocked punt at the DLS 17 yard line.  In the second quarter, DLS scored their only touchdown of the game on a one yard run by Chad O'Shell, his 19th of the year.  The drive was set up by a short Brother Rice punt to the BR 36 yard line.  From there, DLS went 36 yards in seven plays, highlighted by a Josh Sinagoga 21 yard run and a roughing the passer penalty on Brother Rice.  DLS had a chance to take a 10-3 into halftime, but missed a 27 yard field goal as time expired.

In the second half, it was all Brother Rice, as the Warriors outgained the Pilots 134 yards to 48 yards and outscored the Pilots by 14 points.  Rice scored once in the third quarter on a five play, 17 yard drive set up by a shanked DLS punt and again in the fourth quarter as MSU-bound Caulton Ray took the pitch and outran the DLS defense 34 yards with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter to seal the game and sending the Pilots home with their first loss of the season.

Now the attention turns to Orchard Lake St. Mary's where there is a lot on the line for both teams: whoever wins the game wins a share of the CHSL Central Division and spot in the CHSL A-B Championship game at the Prep Bowl on October 20th.  The loser of this game will most likely play Catholic Central in the Prep Bowl Consolation Game.

DLS will play at Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 PM.  Directions to OLSM can be found under 'Locations' on the website.

So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!

News and Notes:  With his 19th touchdown this season, Chad O'Shell tied Jimmy Berezik's record setting mark of 19 rushing touchdowns in a single season...Chad also rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries...Kyle Torzy led DLS with 10 tackles on the day...Kyle also leads the DLS defense with 58 tackles...Johnny Martinez had an interception for the Pilots, his third of the season...the DLS defense has 11 interceptions so far this season... DLS is 6-9 all-time versus OLSM...DLS has a chance to win its first Central Division title since 1994 with a win over OLSM...In sub-varsity action, the freshmen football team defeated Brother Rice for the second straight year 44-37 this past Saturday, putting their record at 6-1 for the year...The JV football team was not as lucky, dropping another heartbreaker, this one to Brother Rice 28-21 to put their record at 2-5 for the year.

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Pilots Clinch Playoff & Prep Bowl Spots

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 30, 2007 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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.