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Pilots Stomp On Richard 34-0

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 6, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
In football, you are taught to never underestimate your opponent and always be ready for the unexpected, but sometimes you know from the start of a game that the opponent is just overmatched. That is exactly what happened Friday night at the Pilots scored 31 points in the first half and cruised to an easy 34-0 victory against Riverview Gabriel Richard in Riverview. The Pilots are now 2-0. De La Salle started the scoring midway though the first quarter, when after a blocked punt by Shane Torzy, De La Salle drove 44 yards in 5 plays, culminating with a 6 yard touchdown pass to tight end Paul Nielsen, giving DLS a 7-0 lead. The Pilots got the ball back on the next offensive play as cornerback Emmanuel Johnson picked off a Gabriel Richard pass at the Gabriel Richard at the Richard 39 yard line. DLS then drove down to the GR 13 yard line where the drive stalled and senior Jon DeHondt kicked a 30 yard field goal to close the scoring in the first quarter. In the second quarter, it was more of the same, as the Pilots exploded for 21 points on touchdown passes to David Blackburn, Emmanuel Johnson, and Don Fowler. After the Pilots went up 31-0, the second team offense went in and the Pilots were on cruise control the rest of the night. The scoring was capped off by a 36 yard field goal by Jon DeHondt in the third quarter. The Pilots will next take on Windsor Sandwich at the Warren Community Center on Friday, September 9th. Game time is 7:00 PM. So until Friday night, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: Senior quarterback Cecil St. Pierre was 12 of 17 for 143 yards and 4 touchdowns. The four touchdown passes in one half and three TD passes in one quarter are conceiveably a school record...The school record for touchdown passes in a game is held by the late Dan Decker who threw for 5 touchdowns against Southgate Aquinas in 1981...The reception leader for the game was junior Don Fowler who had 4 catches for 53 yards and one touchdown...Emmanuel Johnson also had a 78 yard kickoff return to start the 3rd quarter...The Pilots faced Windsor Sandwich last year beat them 48-7...The Pilots are 2-0 lifetime against teams from Canada.
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Pilots Start Off On Right Foot

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Aug 26, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
It was finally here. The first game of the season, something the Pilot faithful had been anticipating since last October after the miraculous comeback against Detroit Country Day to end the 2004 season. After a shaky first half, the Pilots put the "pedal to the metal" and defeated Detroit Pershing 24-6 before a large crowd at the Warren Community Center. De La Salle scored first when, on the third play of the game, junior Jim Berezik scored on a 49 yard touchdown run, and after the extra point, the Pilots were quickly in front 7-0. But after the quick strike, the Pilots offensive attacked slowed down considerably, especially with two fumbles inside the Pershing 20 yard line in the second quarter. Pershing took advantage of one of the turnovers, driving 62 yards in 5 plays to get on the board with a 1 yard touchdown run, but the point after attempt failed, so the Pilots were still in front 7-6 and it stayed that way until half time. In the second half, the Pilots started putting the pressure on the Doughboys, as they forced 3 turnovers (a fumble and two interceptions) on Pershing's first three possessions of the 2nd half. The first turnover only produced a missed 38 yard field goal by Jon DeHondt, but the next two turnovers produced a 5 yard touchdown run by Berezik and a 11 yard touchdown run by senior Dan Lomasney, giving the Pilots a comfortable 22-6 lead early in the 4th quarter. A safety late in the game officially sealed the game and gave the Pilots its first win of 2005. Next week, Friday, September 2nd, the Pilots go on the road to Riverview Gabriel Richard, the first meeting between the two teams since 1982. Game time is 7:00 PM. Directions to Gabriel Richard can be found under "Directions" on the website menu. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: Senior Dan Lomasney rushed for 137 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown...Junior Jim Berezik rushed for 90 yards on 7 carries and two touchdowns...De La Salle is now 2-1 all time against Pershing...De La Salle is 3-1 all time against Gabriel Richard, the only loss coming in 1975...Quarterback Cecil St. Pierre was 5 for 12 for 44 yards...Leading receiver was junior Shane Torzy with 2 catches for 11 yards...Jon DeHondt had four touchbacks on his four kickoffs for the night.

After St. Joe’s High School closed in 1964, Detroit was left with one Christian Brothers school, De La Salle, but from north and east of the city limits, a new school staffed by Christian Brothers was emerging. Its initial name was Our Lady Queen of Peace High School, but the name changed in 1962 to Bishop Gallagher High School after the former Detroit Bishop who coincidentally enough presided over the groundbreaking of De La Salle in 1925.

The co-ed school was founded in 1960 by a collection of three Detroit and Harper Woods parishes: Our Lady Queen of Peace, St. Matthew, and St. Philomena. After St. Joe's closed, it was fitting that a rivalry would develop with the remaining Christian Brothers high school in the area, a rivalry only "Brother" schools can have with each other. While the first football game between the two school’s did not occur until 1969 when two St. Joe’s alums, Al Baumgart (who at the time was coaching at De La Salle) and Thomas Martilotti (who at the time was coaching at Bishop Gallagher) started the football tradition, this rivalry quickly divided grade schools, neighborhoods, alumni, and even families throughout Detroit’s east side.

From 1969 to 2001, De La Salle and Bishop Gallagher played each other 27 times, with De La Salle winning 20 of the 27 matchups over their Eastside rival. But this game meant something more to those involved. Every time the two teams met on the gridiron, everyone knew what at stake – The Propeller. The Propeller was a 100 pound airplane propeller painted purple and gold on one side for De La Salle and blue and white (coincidentally the same colors as St. Joe's) on the other for Bishop Gallagher. The winner of the “Christian Brothers Classic,” as it was known, not only owned bragging rights, but also earned the right to proudly hang the Propeller in the school for the remainder of the school year. The tradition was sadly brought to an end in 2001 when Bishop Gallagher won the Propeller for the last time, beating De La Salle 25-21. Bishop Gallagher proceeded to close at the end of the 2001-2002 school year, thereby ending the rivalry. The current whereabouts of the Propeller are unknown, but it is presumed to be in the possession of a current Catholic League head coach who formerly coached at Bishop Gallagher. If found, it will hopefully be returned to De La Salle where future generations of Pilots can learn about its glorious past and what role it played in the history of De La Salle football.



Christian Brothers Classic - All Time Series



Year

De La Salle

Bishop Gallagher

1969

8

0

1971

7

0

1972

10

22

1974

22

6

1975 (2OT)

26

20

1976

18

6

1977 (2OT)

26

32

1978

21

0

1979

12

0

1980

14

7

1981

28

12

1983

35

0

1984 (2OT)

24

23

1985

8

7

1986

7

3

1987

6

0

1988

0

7

1989

22

29

1990

48

0

1991

33

14

1992

13

19

1993

27

6

1995

26

0

1996

35

20

1997

0

13

2000

24

7

2001

21

25


All Time Series: De La Salle 20, Bishop Gallagher 7

Coaches

De La Salle (Record In CBC Games)
Al Baumgart - 1969 to 1973 (2-1)
John Maronto - 1974 to 1984 (9-1)
Ray Barr - 1985 to 1988 (3-1)
Ross MacDonald - 1989 to 1999 (5-3)
Tim Brandon - 2000 to 2001 (1-1)

Bishop Gallagher (Record In CBC Games)
Thomas Martilotti - 1969 to 1972 (1-2)
George Sahadi - 1973 to 2001 (6-18)

Longest Win Streak In Series

De La Salle - 9 (1978 to 1987)
Bishop Gallagher - 2 (1988 & 1989)


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July-August 2005: News and Notes

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Jul 24, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
It's two weeks until the official start of De La Salle football for 2005 and the Pilots are getting ready for the stretch run before they can officially start. - Summer Conditioning will take place from July 25 to July 29th from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM. It will also take place from August 1st to August 5th from 6 PM to 7:15 PM. Every football player in the De La Salle football program is highly encouraged to attend these conditioning sessions in order to best prepare themselves for the 2005 season. - The weight room will only be open from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM on July 25th, July 27th, July 29th, August 1st, August 3rd, and August 5th. - The first day of the De La Salle football season will occur on August 8th when teams can officially start practicing. The DLS football program will start bright and early at 7 AM, with the Freshmen and JV teams ending at around 4 PM each day. The Varsity will be spending the first three nights of Football Camp at De La Salle until Thursday, August 11th. There will be practice on Friday, August 12th. - The annual Purple and Gold Day will take place on Saturday, August 13th at De La Salle. This will involve intra-squad scrimmages at all three levels, team and family photos, a barbeque, and other activities. The time is TBA, but will be announced soon. - For the 4th straight year, all three levels of the De La Salle football program will go to South Lyon High School for a 4-way scrimmage. The scrimmage will be held on Thursday, August 18th at 4 PM and will last for about two and a half hours. A map to South Lyon can be found under "Locations" on the website. - The Freshmen and JV Football teams will christen the new turf football field at Rochester Stoney Creek High School on Thursday, August 25th. The Freshmen Football game will start at 4:30 PM, while the JV Football game starts at 6:30 PM. The Varsity will begin their season on Friday, August 26th against Detroit Pershing at the Warren Community Center. Game time, as always, is at 7:00 PM. - The 2005 De La Salle Football schedule for all levels has been posted on the website. There will be some changes made to the Freshmen and JV football schedules. That's all for now. The calendar may say July, but football is just around the corner. Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
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2005 De La Salle Football Schedule - All Levels

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Jul 24, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
After much waiting and anticipating, the 2005 De La Salle Football schedule is finally out. The 2005 season starts Friday, August 26th with a home game for the 3rd straight year against the Doughboys of Detroit Pershing. The next week, Friday, September 2nd, De La Salle travels to Riverview Gabriel Richard High School to take on Riverview Gabriel Richard, an opponent De La Salle has not played since 1982. Week 3, Friday, September 9th, sees a team from across the border in La Salle (Ont.) Sandwich taking on the Pilots for the second straight year. The next week, Sunday, September 18th, will find De La Salle playing its first league game, this one against U of D Jesuit at FORD FIELD. The following week, Saturday, September 24th, we see the Pilots travel to Orchard Lake to take on Orchard Lake St. Mary's. Homecoming this year will be against the newest member of the Central Division as Divine Child comes into town to play the Pilots for Week 6 on Friday, September 30th. The Pilots go back on the road in Week 7 when they take on Brother Rice on Saturday, October 8th at Southfield Lathrup. The league season ends the following week when the Shamrocks of Novi Catholic Central on Friday, October 14th at the Warren Community Center. The Week 9 game will see the Pilots either with crossover game Friday, October 21st OR at Ford Field for a Prep Bowl game on Saturday, October 22nd. Note: All De La Salle home games this year will be at the Warren Community Center (Old Warren High) between 13 and 14 Mile Road, between Mound and Ryan Road and all home games will start at 7:00 pm. 2005 De La Salle Football Schedule August 26th: Detroit Pershing @ Home, 7:00 PM September 2nd: @ Riverview Gabriel Richard, 7:00 PM September 9th: La Salle (Ont.) Sandwich @ Home, 7:00 PM September 18th: U of D Jesuit @ FORD FIELD, 6:00 PM September 24th: @ Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 1:00 PM September 30th: Divine Child @ Home, 7:00 PM (HOMECOMING) October 8th: Brother Rice @ Southfield Lathrup, 4:00 PM October 14th: Catholic Central @ Home, 7:00 PM October 22nd: PREP BOWL @ Ford Field JV Football Schedule August 25th: @ Rochester Stoney Creek, 6:30 PM September 1st: Toledo St. John @ Home, 5:00 PM September 10th: Lahser High School @ Home, 11:00 AM September 18th: @ U of D Jesuit, 4:00 PM September 25th: Orchard Lake St. Mary's @ Home, 4:00 PM October 3rd: OPEN October 10th: Brother Rice @ Home, 4:00 PM October 17th: @ Novi Catholic Central, 4:00 PM October 24th: @ Country Day High School, 4 PM All Home Games are played at De La Salle. Freshmen Football Schedule August 25th: @ Rochester Stoney Creek, 4:30 PM September 3rd: Conner Creek Academy @ Home, 10:00 AM September 12th: Lutheran North @ Home, 4:30 PM September 17th: @ U of D Jesuit, 10:00 AM September 24th: Orchard Lake St. Mary's @ Home, 10:00 AM October 1st: @ Divine Child, 10:00 AM October 8th: Brother Rice @ Home, 10:00 AM October 15th: @ Novi Catholic Central, 10:00 AM October 22nd: TBA All Home Games are played at De La Salle.