Posted by Atif Lodhi on Nov 11 2006 at 04:00PM PST
After losing to the vaunted Brother Rice Warriors 15 straight times, the Pilots broke the streak and beat Brother Rice in the MHSAA Division 2 Regional Final 18-7 at Southfield Lathrup. De La Salle is now 10-2 on the year, while Brother Rice finishes its season at 11-1. After trading possessions with Brother Rice, De La Salle got on the board with an 11 play, 61 yard drive, highlighted by a roughing the kicker penalty and a 31 yard pass to David Blackburn, Chad O'Shell scored from 4 yards out to give DLS a 7-0 lead with 9:47 left in the second quarter. Brother Rice responded later in the second quarter after recovering a Chad O'Shell fumble at the DLS 38 yard line. Rice went 38 yards in 5 plays, capped off by Mike Cappetto's 4 yard run to tie the score at 7 with 5:04 left in the second quarter. De La Salle regained the lead taking advantage of a muffed punt by Brother Rice at the Brother Rice 33 yard line and drove down to the Brother Rice 5 yard line when Kyle Torzy knocked his first of three goals home - a 22 yard boot with 8 seconds left in the half to give DLS a 10-7 halftime lead. In the second half, DLS received the kickoff and drove from the Brother Rice 49 to the Brother Rice 3 yard, but were stopped on downs. From there, Brother Rice took over and drove to their own 38 yard line, but were stopped by the DLS defense. On the punt attempt, the snap went over BR punter Andy Lentz's head whereby he kicked the ball out of the endzone for a safety, giving DLS a 12-7 lead. On the subsequent drive, DLS went from their own 40 to the Brother Rice 13 yard line in 7 plays, where Kyle Torzy kicked his second field goal of the game, this one for 30 yards out to give DLS a 15-7 lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the DLS defense dominated, forcing three Brother Rice turnovers with two interceptions (Don Fowler and Jimmy Martinez, respectively) and fumble recovery Anthony Sabatella, while the DLS offense chewed up more yardage and time off the clock, tacking on another field goal, this one from 18 yards out with 2:57 left in the game. From there, the defense took care of business and the party was on. As the seconds ticked down and the crowd started to swell toward the fence between the stands and the field and then eventually on the field. Everyone knew this was big - it was history in the making. At the end of the game, players and coaches mobbed each other, while students, parents, alumni, and friends streamed on to the field and embraced each other in celebration of the epic win. It was a sight to behold and something no one who attended this game will ever forget because for the first time ever, the De La Salle football team had won its regional and were going to the MHSAA Semi-Finals. Now De La Salle will take on Dearborn High School on Saturday, November 18th at 1:00 PM at Ferndale High School. Directions to Ferndale High School can be found under "Locations" on this website. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: With win, De La Salle has set a school record for wins in a season with 10...De La Salle also set numerous school records in this game as well - most interceptions in a season (20) and most field goals made in a game (3)...Jimmy Berezik was the man again on the ground, leading the DLS rushing attack with 139 yards on 26 carries...As a team, DLS rushed for 264 yards against Brother Rice...Brian Lewis was 4 for 11 passing for 66 yards and rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries...Chad O'Shell rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries...Don Fowler and Jimmy Martinez are tied for the team lead with 6 interceptions apiece...Jimmy Berezik with his 26 carries broke Joe Novak's 2002 record of 248 carries in one season - Berezik has carried the ball 272 times this season for 1649 yards...Berezik also has over 2100 all-purpose yards this season...The three playoff wins this season is also a school record...Dearborn is 11-1 this season - the game will mark the first meeting between the two schools.imageimageimage


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