Pilots Sweep Non-League Foes, Face U-D Jesuit Saturday
After going 3-0 in league play for the third straight year, the Pilots look to enter the Catholic League slate for 2007 season starting this Saturday against U-D Jesuit.
The past two weeks saw DLS play Flint Carman-Ainsworth and Windsor Sandwich, defeating both teams by scores of 14-3 and 44-7, respectively. Against FCA, DLS stormed to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, while using its defense to hold an athletic FCA team to just a second quarter field goal. The turning point of this game came in the fourth quarter when the Pilot defense held their ground after FCA drove to the DLS 5 yard line. In four plays deep in the DLS end, FCA could not gain a single yard as the De La Salle defense held its ground, forcing FCA to turn the ball over on downs. On the next FCA posession, sophomore defensive lineman Steve O'Shell sacked the quarterback twice as Carman-Ainsworth's comeback attempt stopped before it even began.
Against Carman-Ainsworth, Chad O'Shell led the Pilots with his two touchdowns and 120 yards rushing on 11 attempts. The fullback tandem of junior Chet Privett and senior Kyle Torzy bulldozed their way to 77 yards, the majority of which was gained in the second half. Defensively, other than Steve O'Shell's effort, several other Pilots performed admirably against FCA: Kyle Torzy led the defenders with 12 tackles. Senior Todd Culling had six tackles, as well as a blocked punt. Junior defensive back Johnny Martinez led the DBs with nine total tackles, four pass deflections, and an interception.
This past week DLS took on Windsor Sandwich for the fourth straight year and for the fourth straight year, DLS came away with a convincing win, this time 44-7. This year's game came with a bit of an added twist - the game was played at Ford Field, a certain thrill for a Sandwich team that before playing at Ford Field, the largest venue the Sabres played at was the University of Windsor!
The Pilots got out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter - after forcing Sandwich to punt on its first possession, the Pilots went to work, driving 48 yards in 10 plays before fullback Chet Privett scored on a 1 yard run, putting DLS up 7-0. After forcing Sandwich to go three-and-out on its next possession, the Pilots then drove 65 yards in 3 plays, ending on a Chad O'Shell 4 yard run. The big play of the drive was slotback Tim Zabawa's 60 yard run down to the Sandwich 4 yard line.
In the second quarter, more of the same. After Sandwich scored on a 62 yard fumble return, the Pilots then drove 67 yards in 6 plays, ending in Chad O'Shell's second touchdown run of the game, this one of two yards. A couple of key plays on the drive were Chad O'Shell's 18 yard run to the Sandwich 39 yard line and junior quarterback Josh Sinagoga's 25 yard run down to the Sandwich 2 yard line. On the subsequent kickoff, the Pilot defense went to work, driving Sandwich back 15 yards in three plays, before the Sandwich punter stepped out of the endzone for a safety, giving DLS two points. On the next DLS drive after the free kick, DLS went 30 yards in two plays, with Chad O'Shell doing all the work on two runs, giving DLS a 30-7 lead. On the next Sandwich possession, the Sabres went five yards before fumbling the ball on the their own 25 yard line, which was recovered by junior DB John Martinez. This time it took DLS five plays to go 25 yards to score the final touchdown of the first half, this one a 10 yard run by sophomore Tim Zabawa, to give the Pilots a 37-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, the scoring pace settled down, with DLS scoring the only points of the half on a 35 yard run by Kyle Torzy to give the final margin of victory and sending DLS out of the non-league schedule with a 3-0 record.
This week the real season starts as the Pilots open up the league season against U of D Jesuit for the sixth straight season. The game will be Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 PM at Warren Fitzgerald High School which is located on the corner of 9 Mile and Ryan Road. Please come on out for De La Salle's league opener and root the Pilots on to victory.
So until Saturday, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
News and Notes: As stated before, this is third consecutive year De La Salle has started off the season at 3-0; the last time that happened was when DLS started off 3-0 to start the 1983, 1984, and 1985 football seasons...DLS rushed for 344 yards against Windsor Sandwich, good enough for second all-time in DLS football history...Chad O'Shell has scored eight touchdowns in the first three games of the year...DLS is 28-13-2 all-time against U-D Jesuit...This will be the first time since 2004 that DLS has not faced U-D Jesuit at Ford Field...The De La Salle defense has allowed three points so far this season...Sophomore Steve O'Shell leads the team with 3.5 sacks through three games.