Posted by Atif Lodhi on Sep 23 2006 at 05:00PM PDT
It's been a long time coming...a very long time coming, but it happened. The Pilots, behind the overall effort of all DLS senior football players, beat Novi Detroit Catholic Central 17-7 in the Boys Bowl - Catholic Central's homecoming game. The win puts DLS at 5-0 for the first time since 1994 and 2-0 in league play since 1996 and puts DLS ever closer to clinching its first Prep Bowl berth since 1994. The first half saw both teams battle back and forth, jockeying for field position. In the first quarter, CC went 40 yards in 14 plays, initially driving down all the way to the DLS 17 yard line before the defense stuffed CC fullback Jeremy Bednarz-Gray on first down, sacked CC RB Jake Marmul trying to pass on the halfback option on second down, and an incomplete pass from CC QB Chris Cagle on third down. On fourth down, CC elected to go for the field goal on fourth down, but was called for illegal motion. On 4th and 24 from the DLS 31 yard line, Cagle passed the ball to Marmul, was well short of the first down and ending the CC threat. On CC's next possession, CC went from their 28 yard line to the DLS 42 yard line in 8 plays, but were forced to punt on 4th and 24. On DLS' next possession, the Pilots drove to the CC 18 yard line, highlighted by a 27 yard run by senior Shane Torzy and a 26 yard pass from senior Brian Lewis to senior Don Fowler, but on the next play, senior Jimmy Berezik fumbled and De La Salle's best drive of the game as to that point unfortunately ended. CC punted on their next possession and DLS ran out the clock on the half, leaving the score 0-0 at half. In the second half, it was all Pilots: It all started went CC went 3 and out on their first possession. On the ensuing punt, Berezik took the punt from the DLS 37 yard line and outran the CC punt team for 63 yard for a touchdown, puttin the Pilots up 7-0 after the successful PAT. After CC went 3 and out for the second time in the third quarter, DLS got the ball on its 39 yard line. DLS went 58 yards in 12 plays, going down to the CC 3 yard line before stalling, but Kyle Torzy knocked a 20 yard field goal through, giving DLS a 10-0 lead. CC gained 15 yards on 5 plays, but were forced to punt the ball way from their 35 yard line to the DLS 28 yard line where Berezik took the punt up to the DLS 48 yard line. From there, drove to the CC 29 yard line, but 47 yard field goal attempt by Shane Torzy was just wide, leaving the score at 10-0. After CC went 3 and out again and punted the ball to the DLS 38 yard line where Berezik took the punt to the DLS 48 yard line. After a 5 yard false start penalty, DLS went 57 yards in 7 plays, culminated by Berezik's 25 yard touchdown run to put DLS up 17-0 with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter. From there, CC mounted its only scoring drive of the game, going 71 yards in 10 plays, culminated in a 6 yard touchdown pass from Chris Cagle to senior tight end Rob Bennett to give the final score of 17-7. Now after all of this, De La Salle is now 5-0, 2-0 in the league. The Pilots now play Divine Child at Crestwood High School on Saturday, September 30th at 1:30 PM. The Pilots have a chance to not only clinch a MHSAA playoff berth, but also a chance to clinch a spot in the CHSL Prep Bowl on October 21st at Ford Field. So..until next week after this historic win, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: In a game of weird concidences, the last time DLS beat CC, it was in 1994 on Homecoming for DLS; This year, DLS beat CC at the Boys Bowl...DLS is now 1-1 all-time in the Boys Bowl...senior Jimmy Berezik led the rushing attack with 110 yards on 22 carries...DLS rushed for 217 yards as a team...DLS sacked CC passers 3 times on the day led by sacks from senior Sam Lentine and Alex Hillman...Leading tackler for the game was senior linebacker Anthony Sabatella with 12 tackles...This was the largest margin of victory versus CC since 1970 when the Pilots beat the Shamrocks 22-8...The DLS freshman football team defeated CC for the first time since 1995 on Saturday 38-20, putting the frosh at 5-0...The DLS JV Football team also defeated CC 37-12 marking its first win over CC since 1994...The program "sweep" of CC is the first for the football program since 1986...DLS is 7-5 all time against Divine Child, with the last win coming in 2003 with a 34-9 thrashing of the Falcons.


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