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Bright Spots In A Loss

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 6, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
De La Salle lost to Catholic Central Saturday night, 37-0. But even in the loss, there were bright spots giving hope of a bright future. Matt Lewis, a sophomore seeing his first duty as a kick returner, make a memorible first impression by returning 4 kickoffs for 170 yards. Bobby Leach, making his first start at guard, did an admirable job during the game. Joe Novak and Brad Sabo had some good runs during the game to keep the Catholic Central defense on its toes. Anthony DiTrapani and Pat Kenny played well at QB after starter Joe Thomas went out with an injury. The offense has a few good drives against Catholic Central, but unfortunately stalled towards the CC goal line. The performance of the underclassmen gives the Pilots hope and confidence for next year. De La Salle is now 2-5, 0-4 in the Central Division. After the week 7 divisional play was completed, De La Salle found out they will be playing Madison Heights Bishop Foley next. The game WILL BE AT Bishop Foley on FRIDAY, October 12th. Game time is 7:00 pm. For week 9, it has been determined that De La Salle will play either Notre Dame Prep or a PSL school. Again, stay tuned to the web site for further details as to when and where the game will be played. Good Luck and Go Pilots!
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Playing For Pride

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 3, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
When the Pilots take the field to play the Shamrocks of Catholic Central, they will not be playing for a CHSL playoff berth. They won't be playing for a state playoff berth either. No, these Pilots will be playing for their own pride. This group of young men will be playing for the for their team, their school, and themselves. For the seniors, this is their last game on their home field and they will leave it all out on the field for this game. The team wants to end the league season with a bang by beating Catholic Central and knocking them out of the Catholic League Playoffs for the first time since 1997. This group of Pilots can do it if they play smart, hard, and focus on what they need to do. This game will also determine who De La Salle will play for their last two games of the year. There is a possibility of De La Salle playing Country Day next week or a team from the Catholic League Double-A division. One thing is for sure though: The Pilots will be playing Catholic Central at East Detroit Memorial this Saturday, October 6th, at 7 pm. Please come out to support your Pilots and the seniors who have given 4 years of sweat, blood, and effort for the football program. This is their last home game and they deserve nothing more than a huge home crowd to root them on to victory. Good Luck and Go Pilots!
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An Embarrassing Loss

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 28, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The De La Salle-OLSM game was a tale of two half. Like every game this season, the Pilots played gritty, hard, and tough football in the first half, battling OLSM and only losing to them 7-3. But like every loss this season, the second half was a different story...a totally different story. Orchard Lake St. Mary's scored 36 unanswered points and whooped DLS 43-10. The loss puts De La Salle at 2-4, 0-3. In the first half, De La Salle played tough defensive football, only allowing one OLSM touchdown in the first quarter. The Pilots picked off the OLSM qb twice and got on the scoreboard late in the first half with a 29-yard Brad Sabo field goal. But in the second half, just like every single DLS loss this year, the opposing team, this time being OLSM, stepped it up while the Pilots did not. Orchard Lake scored 3 touchdowns in a 5 minute span and the Pilots never recovered. De La Salle got it's only touchdown with one second left in the game, a two yard toss by Anthony DiTrapani to Dennis Czuchaj. With the loss, the Pilots were knocked out of contention for the Catholic League title and most certainly for the state playoffs. Now the Pilots must play for their own pride and spoil someone else's season. They get that chance next week when the play the Shamrocks of Catholic Central. The game is next Saturday, October 6th at 7:30 pm at East Detroit Memorial Field. Good Luck and Go Pilots!
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The Time Is Now

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 26, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
For the De La Salle Pilots, the time is now. If they want to keep their hopes for a Catholic League Championship and a State Title, the time is now for the Pilots to show that desire and passion. De La Salle finds itself at 2-3, 0-2 and the game against Orchard Lake St. Mary's will not be easy. OLSM is ranked in the top ten in Division IV and have not lost to Pilots since at least the 1940s. The time is now. It's now time for the Pilots to soar and show everyone what they are made of. Do not let this opportunity pass before you Young Pilots. This game is for the rest of your season: play like it. The time is NOW! Game time is at 1:00 pm at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. A map to OLSM can be found under "Locations." As always, Good Luck and Go Pilots!
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Pilots Come Up Short Versus Cubbies 33-18

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 21, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
It was one of those games that could turn around a season. Both teams were 2-2 and winless in the conference. A win would send one team on its way and a loss would leave a team pressed to win its final four games to make the playoffs. Well, it turned out to be that kind of a game between U of D and De La Salle this afternoon at East Detroit Memorial Field. But unfortunately for the home fans celebrating Homecoming, the win went to U of D who scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to beat De La Salle 33-18. U of D scored first on a 55 yard interception return for a touchdown. But the Pilots quickly responded with Joe Novak running it in from 10 yards out. U of D then promptly marched down the field and scored a touchdown to go up 13-6. But with the help of two U of D fumbles, De La Salle took a 18-13 lead into the half. In the second half, U of D dominated the game on both sides of the ball and scored three touchdowns, two late in the game, to put it away and send the Pilots down in defeat. The loss puts the Pilots at 2-3, 0-2. Next week, Saturday, September 29th, De La Salle takes on Orchard Lake St. Mary's at OLSM. A map to OLSM can be found under "Locations." OLSM comes into this game at 4-1, 1-1 and De La Salle is their homecoming opponent. Game time is at 1 pm. Hopefully the Pilots can ruin their celebration. Good Luck and Go Pilots!image