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Coach Paul Verska Named Coach of the Year

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 22, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Catholic League honors have come out and De La Salle is well represented on the All-Catholic and All-League teams. All-Catholic: Joe Novak, RB Joe Konrad, DB All-League: Joe Novak, RB Joe Konrad, DB Jeremy McBride, DL Barrett Henson, LB Honorable Mention: Bill Burkhardt, OL/DL Tony Nichols, DL Chris Kiehl, DL/FB Dennis Czuchaj, TE/DL Tony Sorgi, DB John Novak, LB All-Academic: Mike Vizachero Coach of the Year, Central Division Paul Verska Congratulations to all who received honors, especially Coach Verksa who has made the 2002 football season "The Year of the Turnaround" and becoming the first DLS football Catholic League Coach of the Year since Ross MacDonald in 1994.
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CC Stomps on Pilots

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 20, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
A week after the biggest win in DLS football history since 1994, the Pilots were tossed around like rag dolls in a 35-0 whooping by Catholic Central. Catholic Central started the scoring on their first possession of the game when Derek Brooks rushed in from 1 yard out to make it 7-0 CC. The Pilots responded with a 16 play drive down to the Catholic Central 8 yard line, but Matt Lewis' pass was picked off in the end zone by Dan Moore and the DLS threat was over. By halftime, CC proceded to have a 21-0 lead, thanks to some costly Pilot turnovers. CC extended their lead in the 2nd half with two more touchdowns by Derek Brooks to provide the final margin of victory of 35-0. The Pilots are now 5-3 on the year. De La Salle will take on Detroit Country Day this Friday, October 25th, at Country Day at 7:30 pm. A map to Country Day can be found on the website under "Locations." This is the biggest game of the year for the Pilots. If DLS wins, they will receive an automatic playoff berth with their 6 wins. On the other hand, if Country Day wins, they will be in the playoffs automatically. The loser of this game would have to sweat it out Sunday night to see if their team made it into the playoffs. Please come on out and support your Pilots as they try to make history this Friday night. De La Salle can do, but we need everyone's support and help this week to do it. GO PILOTS! News and Notes: The Pilots finished the league season with a 1-3 record, good enough for 4th place in the very tough Central Division...The four turnovers the Pilots committed against CC were the most this year against one team...DLS Defensive Coordinator Mike Lewis is a 1980 graduate of Catholic Central High School; he was an all-state safety and led CC to their first football state title in 1979; Coach Lewis' brother, Dave, is the assistant principal at CC...This is the second time in school history that De La Salle will play Country Day in varsity football; the first time was in 2000 when Country Day beat the Pilots 42-21...Country Day is coached by Dan McLean, a 1977 Brother Rice graduate...The winner of this game is given an automatic playoff berth...
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Sweet Win: De La Salle Beats St. Mary's

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 12, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
In front of a large homecoming crowd at East Detroit Memorial Field Saturday night, against a team very few thought De La Salle could beat, the Pilots of De La Salle proved the pundits wrong, beating Orchard Lake St. Mary's 14-7. This win was the first over OLSM since 1949 and the Pilots first league win since 1999. The scoring started early when De La Salle fumbled a lateral and St. Mary's recovered the ball to the De La Salle 3 yard line. Two plays later, St. Mary's QB Troy'e White snuck it into the endzone to give OLSM a quick 7-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, the Pilots got the first of their two safeties when an OLSM punt was blocked and kicked out of the endzone to give DLS 2 points. In the second quarter, the teams traded punts until DLS recovered an OLSM fumble at the OLSM 21. Six plays later, Mike Zwada kicked a 25 yard field goal to bring DLS closer at 7-5. In the third quarter, DLS tied the game when the OLSM punter stepped out of the endzone while punting to give DLS 2 more points. After exchanging punts, DLS took over at the OLSM 43 yard line. On first and ten at the OLSM 33 yard line, Brad Sabo took an option play to the house, giving De La Salle it's first lead of the game at 14-7. In the fourth quarter, DLS shut down St. Mary's, limiting them to 47 yards in the second half, and earned a well deserved victory. Next up for the Pilots is Catholic Central at Howard Kraft Field next Saturday, October 19th, at 7:00 pm. A map to Howard Kraft Field can be found on the website under "Locations." This is a HUGE game for both the Pilots and the Shamrocks since it may well determine who plays in the Prep Bowl on October 26th and has playoff implications, especially for the Pilots. Please, please, please come on out to Kraft Field to support YOUR Pilots. Without your support, the Pilots would not be able to do what they have done this year. Please come on out and root your Pilots on to victory. GO PILOTS! News and Notes: The Pilots intercepted a school record 5 passes tonight against OLSM; Tony Sorgi had two, Joe Konrad, Joe and John Novak each had one...Joe Novak rushed 27 times for 105 yards; Brad Sabo rushed 11 time for 58 yards, including the winning touchdown...The Pilots also set a school record by forcing two safeties in a game...Tony Nichols recorded the second blocked punt of the year when he blocked an OLSM punt in the first quarter...The Pilots are 5-2 for the first time since 1996...This league win ends a 10 game league losing streak going back to the 2000 season...The 5 games DLS has won this year matches the total number of games DLS had won in the last two years combined...The Pilots recorded 3 sacks for 21 yards...This win marks the 200th win in DLS history since 1960...At halftime, the Juniors won the traditional homecoming chariot race...Also at halftime, the 3rd class of the De La Salle Athletic Hall of Fame was introduced; the inductees for this year are Brian DeVirgilio ‘87 (tennis), Nicholas Frontczak ‘61 (football), Keith Karpinski ‘84 (football), Edward Martel ‘87 (baseball), William Maskill ‘41 (football), Michael Shea ‘78 (track), James Singelyn ‘90 (swimming), the late John Vitale ‘84 (football), and the 1990 state champion soccer team...
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DLS Edges Out ND 7-0

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 4, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
On a soggy, muddy Notre Dame field, the Pilots of De La Salle came out with a hard fought and well deserved victory over eastside rival Notre Dame Friday night, 7-0. The only scoring in the game came late in the 1st quarter when Matt Lewis found Mike Vizachero in the back of the endzone for a 5 yard touchdown pass. The drive was setup by a shanked ND punt that was placed at the ND 35 yard line. Notre Dame had a chance to tie the game in the second quarter when John Pelak ran 62 yards down to the DLS 1 yard line, but on the very next play, ND QB Calvin Wiley fumbled the hand off and linebacker Barrett Henson recovered the ball to keep ND out of endzone. Notre Dame's second chance to possibly tie the game came in the third quarter, but QB Calvin Wiley again fumbled, this time on 4th and 2 at the De La Salle 37 yard line. This fumble was recovered by Joe Novak. ND had one more chance in the 4th quarter, but stalled on their own 40 yard line with 9 minutes left. The Pilots then took over and ran out the remaining 9 minutes in the game to give the Pilots the win. With the win, De La Salle improves to 4-2. Next week, the Pilots take on the Eaglets of Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Saturday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at East Detroit Memorial Field. This is De La Salle's homecoming game, so please come on out and cheer on your Pilots. It's sure to be a good game. GO PILOTS! News and Notes: Joe Novak rushed for 144 yards on 30 carries, while Brad Sabo rushed for 53 yars on 15 carries...Mike Vizachero's touchdown reception is his first on the varsity level...Tony Nicols and Anthony Vultaggio both had sacks in the game...Mike Zwada handled kickoffs and extra points, while Bryan Smetanka was the punter tonight as Rob Miller recovered from an injury suffered last week...During halftime of the St. Mary's game, De La Salle will induct its third class of Athletic Hall of Fame Members...
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Rice Beats DLS 28-12

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 29, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
In a tough, hard fought game that wasn't decided until late in the 4th quarter, the Pilots came up short and lost to their rivals from Brother Rice 28-12. The scoring started early after QB Mike Poley fumbled the ball at the DLS 3 yard line and Jeff Magnatta from Rice scooped it up and scored to give Rice an early 7-0 lead. De La Salle responded early in the second quarter when Poley dove in from a yard out. With kicker Rob Miller out due to an injury on the opening kickoff, Brad Sabo replaced him on the extra point and promptly shanked the kick, allowing Rice to hold on to their lead. Late in the second quarter, Doug Pickens, who ended the game going 9 for 17 for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns, threw a laser to Jeff Stachowiak for a 50 yard and allowed Rice to extend the lead to 14-6. In the second half, the Pilots scored on a Joe Novak 22 yard run to bring them within 2 at 14-12. The two-point conversion failed and Rice still had a 14-12 lead. Late in the third quarter, Doug Pickens threw another touchdown, this time to Brian Mahler and extended the Brother Rice lead to 21-12. Rice put the game away late in the 4th quarter with a 25 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Jackson to end the scoring. With the loss, the Pilots are now 3-2, 0-2 in conference. The Pilots will take on eastside rival Notre Dame this Friday, October 4th, at 7:30 pm. The game will be at Notre Dame, so please come early to the game or you will be forced to park on I-94. (That's a promise, not a threat!) A map to Notre Dame can be found under "Locations." GO PILOTS! News and Notes: Joe Novak rushed 24 times for 136 yards and one touchdown; that gives Novak 10 touchdowns for the year...Joe was also 1 for 1 on passing attempts, passing on a halfback option to Joe Konrad for 32 yards...By the way, Joe Konrad caught 6 balls for 70 yards...Mike Poley was 12 for 18 passing for 98 yards...With Rob Miller's injury on the opening kick off, Brad Sabo handled extra points, Bryan Smetanka handled punts, and Jeff Zwada kicked off and kick field goals...Saturday's game against Brother Rice was also Parents Night, where all the parents of the varsity football players were honored for their love, dedication, and devotion to their sons and allowing them to play football at De La Salle...Notre Dame is 4-1 so far this year...Next Friday will mark the 42nd time in the past 43 seasons that De La Salle has played the Irish of Notre Dame.