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It's Time...

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Aug 7, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
"It's time" De La Salle Football fans. It's time for the De La Salle Football team to go to work for the first time for the 2004 season, when all three levels, Freshman, JV, and Varsity will conduct the first practices of the year at 9 am sharp and start the 77th season of De La Salle football. Players for all levels are asked to start coming to De La Salle at around 8-8:15 am. After working to get stronger, participating in agility drills, partaking in 7 on 7 competitions, and doing other activities to prepare themselves for this moment, "it's time" for the 2004 De La Salle football program to show the Catholic League and the state what it is made of. The challenge to this team is not just to continue the success the football program has enjoyed under Coach Paul Verska since he took over the reins in 2002, but whether or not they can take the proverbial next step and realize "it's time" to take control and start competing for bigger and better things. The fruition of all the hard work and preparation will be seen on August 27th when the Pilots play their first game against Detroit Pershing at the Warren Community Center. Fans can catch a preview of the team at the Purple and Gold Day at De La Salle on Saturday, August 14th from 8:30 AM to 3 PM or at South Lyon on Thursday, August 19th when the Pilots, all three levels, participate in their 4-Way scrimmage. One thing is for certain though: "It's time" for the 2004 De La Salle football team to take control of the Catholic League and the state and continue its mission of "313" (Three consecutive winning season, three consecutive playoff berths, the football team's first Regional Title) and set the bar for future De La Salle football teams. There's no time for excuses. It's time to go to work and uphold the proud name of De La Salle. So until August 27th, I join all Pilot fans out there by saying good luck to the 2004 football team and GO PILOTS!
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Two Very Special Events

Posted by Atif Lodhi at May 20, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The De La Salle Football Program is going to be holding two very special events this upcoming season. The first will be Grade School Night on September 10th when the Pilots take on La Salle (Ont.) Sandwich. Kids of grade school age, from pre-school on up to 8th grade, are allowed into the game for free with a parent. (Adult admission is $5) This is a great opportunity to get possible future Pilots acquainted with the great tradition that is De La Salle football and enjoy a great game at the same time! Please spread the word about the game and Grade School Night. It's sure to be a fun time. The second and more exciting night will be our First Annual Football Alumni Night on September 24th when the Pilots take on the Brother Rice Warriors at the Warren Community Center at 7:00 PM. This night is specially dedicated to the alumni who gave their time and effort into making De La Salle football what it is today and gave their blood, sweat, and tears to their school by playing high school football. Alumni who RSVP before September 20th will be allowed in the game for free, form a "student" tunnel, welcoming the 2004 De La Salle football team to the field, honored at half time, and have a group photo with the present team celebrating over 75 years of Purple and Gold football tradition. This event is open to former De La Salle football players, coaches, managers, trainers, doctors, and any other auxiliary staff. If you would like to attend this special event, email your RSVP to pilotfootball@hotmail.com or call the De La Salle Athletic office at (586) 778-2207 after July 13th. Alumni are requested to come to the front gates by 6:30 PM. Alumni who are willing to help with the football alumni night, again, email your contact information to pilotfootball@hotmail.com Please spread the word on both of these events and make the 2004 De La Salle football season a special one. GO PILOTS!!! Please mark these two games on your calendar and help De La Salle remember the past, while looking to the future. As always, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
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2004 De La Salle Football Schedule - All Levels

Posted by Atif Lodhi at May 20, 2004 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 27th with a home game for the 3rd straight year against the Doughboys of Detroit Pershing who are facing the Pilots for the third time ever. 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 a TBA location. 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 7th at a field to be determined. 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 27th: Detroit Pershing @ Home, 7:00 PM September 4th: Divine Child @ Crestwood High School, 7:30 PM September 10th: La Salle (Ont.) Sandwich @ Home, 7:00 PM September 18th: U of D Jesuit @ Keyworth Stadium, 7:30 PM September 24th: Brother Rice @ Home, 7:00 PM October 1st: @ Notre Dame, 7:30 PM October 8th: Orchard Lake St. Mary's @ Home, 7:00 PM October 16th: Catholic Central @ Howard Craft Field, 7:00 PM October 22nd: Crossover @ Home, 7:00 PM OR PREP BOWL @ Ford Field October 23rd JV Football Schedule September 2nd: Divine Child @ Home, 4:00 PM September 13th: @ Bishop Foley, 7:00 PM September 20th: U of D Jesuit @ Home, 4:00 PM September 27th: @ Brother Rice, 4:00 PM October 4th: Notre Dame @ Home, 4:00 PM October 11th: @ St. Mary's, 4:00 PM October 18th: Catholic Central @ Home, 4:00 PM All Home Games are played at De La Salle. Freshmen Football Schedule August 25th: @ Malow Junior High, 4:00 PM September 4th: Divine Child @ Home, 10:00 AM September 9th: @ Bloomfield Hills Lahser, 4:00 PM September 18th: U of D Jesuit @ Home, 1:00 PM September 25th: @ Brother Rice, 10:00 AM October 2nd: Lutheran North at TBA, TBA October 9th: @ St. Mary's, 10:00 AM October 16th: Catholic Central @ Home, 10:00 AM All Home games are played at De La Salle.
If you were not able to attend the Player/Parent meeting on May 16th, that's ok. Please contact the athletic secretary at (586) 778-2207 or e-mail at rlentz@delasallehs.com to get the information that was passed out at the meeting. A new year of De La Salle football memories is just around the corner! Help make this the best De La Salle football season ever and get the season started off on the right foot by knowing everything that you need to know for the 2004 season!
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May/June 2004: News and Notes

Posted by Atif Lodhi at May 9, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
With May ending and June approaching, that means that August is not far off and football is just around the corner and the 2004 season will certainly be an exciting one for the Pilots! Helmets and shoulder pads have already been passed out to a good portion of next year's Varsity and JV football teams. If you have not gotten you equipment for next year, see Coach Verska and let him know. For incoming freshmen, they can get their helmets on August 9th from 6 to 7 am and their pads on August 10th at 4 pm. Please note the times and dates. If incoming freshmen need a helmet for a summer camp, again, call De La Salle at (586) 778-2207 and ask for Coach Verksa and let him know. The weight room, as it has been since the season ended, is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM and 2:30 to 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Once school ends, the weight room will be open from 8:30 to 10:30 AM and 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The weight room will not be open from July 5th through July 9th due to construction at De La Salle. If you go to one summer camp, make it the Michigan Football Camp at the University of Michigan from June 21st to June 24th. Cost of the camp is $190 for a commuter. Coach Verska has arranged for a bus to leave from DLS each day at 6:30 am and arrive back at 5 pm for the first 42 DLS football players to sign up for the camp. For more information on the Michigan football camp, go to www.michiganfootballcamp.com. The Eastside Football Camp is going to be held from June 27th to June 30th at De La Salle with the 8:00 AM to 11:15 AM session reserved for 4th to 6th graders and the 12:15 PM to 3:30 PM session reserved for 7th to 9th graders. The cost is $95. For more information contact De La Salle at (586) 778-2207 or email the De La Salle Athletic Office. A reminder that incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend the Eastside Football Camp. The 2nd Annual Offense/Defense Technique School will be held from June 27th to June 30th at De La Salle for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The cost is $25 and every JV and Varsity De La Salle football player is highly encouraged to attend. Physicals will be held at De La Salle on August 3rd. For more information regarding times and cost, please contact De La Salle at (586) 778-2207. The football practice schedule for the first two weeks of the pre-season is as follows: Week #1 -- ALL LEVELS Monday, August 9th to Wednesday, August 11th: 6 am to 5 pm (Helmets and shorts only) Thursday, August 12th & Friday, August 13th: 6 am to 5 pm (Full Pads) Saturday, August 14th: Family Fun Day with Practice from 8 am to 11 am; Pictures from 12 pm to 1 pm; Family BBQ 1 pm to 3 pm. This is for all levels! Week #2 -- JV/Varsity Monday, August 16th to Wednesday, August 18th: 12 pm to 8 pm Thursday, August 19th: 4-Way Scrimmage at South Lyon High School. This is for all three levels and the bus will leave DLS at 1:30 pm. The scrimmage is from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st: TBA The Freshmen football coaches will let the freshmen know of their schedule in Week 2 at Family Fun Day on August 14th. After school practices begin for all three levels starting Monday, August 23rd. As you know, the Varsity will be coached by Paul Verska who is looking for bigger and better things for the Pilots in his third year at De La Salle. The Junior Varsity will be coached by Joe Pagano '86, while the Freshmen will be coached by Mark Julien '95. Remember, De La Salle's first game is against Detroit Pershing at the Warren Community Center (Old Warren High) on August 27th at 7:00 PM. Please note the date change. It won't be long until the 2004 season starts and a whole new season of memories can be made. Until then, always remember...GO PILOTS!