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In a tough, physical game at Hamtramck's Keywroth Stadium, U of D ended De La Salle's perfect start, beating the Pilots in heartbreaker, 7-0. The only score in the game came after Joe Novak fumbled at the U of D 40 yard line after 20 yard run, his best of the day. The Cubs took advantage of the miscue and drove down the field, scoring the only points of the game when John Neely scored from 3 yards out with 3:03 left in the 3rd quarter. Both teams played tough, physical defense and left the field with a new respect of each other,especially the Cubs who were taken aback by the physical play of the Pilots. The loss puts the Pilots at 3-1 for the season, 0-1 in the conference. Next week, the Pilots play Brother Rice at East Detroit Memorial on Saturday, September 21st at 7:00 pm. Please come on out and support your Pilots. The support for the U of D game was great (special thanks for Coach Mukthar for bringing the entire soccer team to the game to root on their classmates), but it must continue for this huge game against the Warriors. We need all of our fans and De La Salle students at East Detroit Memorial next Saturday to truly make it a "home-field" advantage for De La Salle. We have to show the Rice that we are proud of our team and we definately have Pilot Pride. GO PILOTS! News and Notes: This is the first time De La Salle has lost to U of D four seasons in a row...The Pilots gained only 98 yards, while U of D chalked up 225...The Pilots went 8 for 12 in passing situations; U of D only went 3 for 13...Joe Konrad caught 5 passes for 35 yards...Rob Miller averaged 53 yards on his kickoffs against U of D...Brother Rice is also 3-1, 0-1 in conference going into the game next week...
De La Salle starts off the season 3-0 for the first time since 1994 with a 21-14 over Dearborn Divine Child tonight at Dearborn Crestwood. For those fans who missed the game, they missed a De La Salle effort that well worth the price of admission. The scoring started late in the first quarter when Joe Novak ran 11 yards to paydirt and give DLS the early 7-0 lead. The drive was setup by a Novak interception and return to the Divine Child 34 and a 15-yard personal foul penalty against DC. Divine Child came right back and scored early in the second quarter on an 4 yard pass to draw even at 7. After that scoring drive, both teams had chances to take the lead, but De La Salle fumbled on 4th and 1 on the DC 7 yard line and Dennis Czuchaj intercepted a Divine Child pass midway through the 2nd quarter to end a DC drive. Towards the end of the half, Rob Miller missed a 38 yard field goal when the ball bounced on the crossbar and fell forward, leaving the two teams deadlocked at 7 at the half. In the second half, the Pilots took the opening kick off and drove down to the Divine Child 8 yard line before the drive stalled out and Rob Miller then missed wide left on a 25 yard field goal. Late in the 3rd quarter, DC fumbled a De La Salle punt which gave De La Salle the ball at their 45 yard line. After a holding penalty and a 7 yard sack, the Pilots faced 2nd and 24. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Matt Lewis hooked up with a streaking Calvin Leong for 58 yard pass play. On the very next play, Joe Novak stormed into the endzone to give De La Salle a 14-7 lead. On their ensuing possession, Divine Child was forced to punt, but the punt was blocked by Joe Novak and returned 44 yards to extend the De La Salle lead to 21-7. Divine Child kept the pressure on the De La Salle defense, but fumbles kept the Falcons from reaching the endzone until 3:04 left in the fourth quarter when DC scored on a 7 yard run. After the Pilots went three and out on their ensuing drive, Divine Child fumbled the De La Salle punt, ending their last chance to tie the game and giving the Pilots a well deserved victory. Thanks to all the Pilot faithful that made the journey to Crestwood High School to support the football team. It was a great crowd that rooted their Pilots on to victory. Also thanks to the De La Salle band members that made the trip out to the game and showed their Pilot Pride. Next week, September 21st, De La Salle plays U of D Jesuit in the league opener at Keyworth Stadium. Directions to Keyworth can be found under Locations on the website. Game time is at 2:00 pm. Please come on out and support your Pilots. This is a very important game for the Pilots and they need their fans at Keyworth to support them. Show U of D how much Pilot Pride we have at De La Salle. GO PILOTS! News and Notes: Joe Novak rushed for 93 yards on 25 carries; Brad Sabo rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries...Matt Lewis was 4 for 8, passing for 138 yards...Calvin Leong's 58 yard reception was the longest pass reception for a Pilot reciever since Matt Bitonti connected with Derek Handzo for 65 yards against Notre Dame in 1995...Joe Novak scored all three touchdowns for the Pilots giving him 9 through three games...Dennis Czuchaj's interception his first of his varsity career...Divine Child turned the ball over 5 times: two interceptions and 3 fumbles...Divine Child outgained De La Salle 323 to 252...Barrett Henson and Mike Shortt both recovered key fumbles for the Pilots...Joe Novak's punt block was the first one for the Pilots since 1999 against Catholic Central in the Boys Bowl...The all-time series between De La Salle and Divine Child now stands at 6-3, in favor of the Pilots.
For the first time since Ross MacDonald's last season in 1999, the Pilots have now started the season 2-0 with a 29-8 win over Ortonville Brandon Saturday night at East Detroit Memorial Field. The game could very well have been dubbed "The Joe Novak Show" as senior running back Joe Novak, leading by example as a De La Salle football captain should, broke a school record Saturday Night as he rushed for 262 yards on 27 carries and scored a school record four touchdowns to lead the Pilots. Rob Miller also added a 31 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. De La Salle started the game scoring on their first possession of the game when Joe Novak scored the first of his four touchdowns with a 39 yard scamper to complete a 74 yard drive. After forcing Ortonville Brandon to punt on the ensuing series, the Pilots then marched down the field on a 58 yard drive that ended with a Joe Novak 5 yard run. This drive was highlighted by a 21 yard pass by Matt Lewis to Dennis Czuchaj on 4th and 6 to keep the drive alive. Ortonville Brandon soon responded with a 63 yard drive of their down that ended with a two yard run and a two point conversion and left the score at 14-8 with 2:43 left in the second quarter. It looked as though that would remain the score going into halftime, but Pilots begged to differ. On the second play of that ensuing drive, Joe Novak scored his 3rd touchdown of the half with a dazzling 58 yard run that bumped De La Salle's lead up to 20-8 going into the half. In the second half, Ortonville Brandon took the 2nd half kick and started on their 15 yard line and proceded to then go on a 14 play, 71 yard drive that ate up almost 10 minutes of the clock, but the Pilot defense held their ground and ended the drive on their 14 yard line after snuffing out a 4th and long draw play. After the monumental stop, the Pilots went on a long drive of their own, going 86 yards in about 8 minutes, ending with Joe Novak's last touchdown of the day, a one yard plunge. Rob Miller then kicked a 31 yard field goal to close out the scoring with 1:30 left in the 4th quarter after Joe Konrad intercepted an Ortonville Brandon pass at the Ortonville 42 yard line, effectively ending the game and giving the Pilots the win. This game was a total team effort for the Pilots. Everyone involved tonight played a big role in the victory which truly was a team effort. From the offense to the defense to the coaches, everyone involved had a hand in this win for the Pilots. Good job guys! The Pilots will now take on 2-0 Divine Child next week, Saturday, September 14th, at Crestwood High School. Game time is 7:30 pm. It is very important that every single De La Salle football fan be out there Saturday night for this huge game. Bring your friends or your family, but please do come out to support YOUR team. Directions to Crestwood High School can be found on this website under "Locations." GO PILOTS! News and Notes: Joe Novak broke Steve Phillip's 22 year old school one game rushing record with his 262 yards; Phillips rushed for 248 yards against Aquinas in 1980...Novak also had 300 all purpose yards, 262 rushing, 15 receiving, and 23 return yards...De La Salle outgained Ortonville Brandon 349 yards to 195 in total yards...This game was the first ever meeting between De La Salle and Ortonville Brandon...De La Salle intercepted two passes in one game for the first time since De La Salle played Bishop Foley in game 8 last year...Next week De La Salle will play Dearborn Divine Child for the first time since 1994...the all-time series between DLS and DC is 5-3, in favor of De La Salle...
These are the De La Salle Pilots that have participated in the MHSFCA All-Star since 1981, the first year of the game: Players Vic Maraldo-- 1981 Dan Decker-- 1982 Mike Dillon-- 1983 Jerry McCabe-- 1983 Bud Gereg-- 1984 Shamus O'Keefe-- 1985 Sean Guerin-- 1987 Joe VanderMeulen-- 1988 Mike Krasnicki-- 1989 Greg Anderson-- 1991 Matt Waldis-- 1992 Jim Kerr-- 1993 Don Groth-- 1994 Bert Bondi-- 1995 Mike Brosnan-- 1997 Adam Urbanczyk-- 1999 Keith Walewski-- 2002 Joe Novak-- 2003 Jeremy McBride-- 2004 Jimmy Berezik-- 2007 Kyle Torzy-- 2008 Dan Sorgi-- 2009 Coaches Mike Szatkowski-- 1991 Wilson Barnes-- 1995 Ross MacDonald-- 1995 Paul Verska-- 2008 Mike Lewis-- 2008 Notes: In the 1983 High School All-Star, Jerry McCabe, playing middle linebacker, tied a MHSFCA All-Star Game record by intercepting two passes. McCabe returned those two picks for a total of 73 yards (46 and 27 yards)...Joe Novak recorded 2 solo tackles in the 2003 All-Star Game.
The 2002 version of the De La Salle football team got off to a good start Saturday night when it beat the Alpena Wildcats 41-20 at East Detroit Memorial Field. The Pilots got the scoring started in the first quarter when Joe Novak scored from 9 yards out to give the Pilots the quick 7-0 lead. That lead was short lived as Alpena ran back the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to tie the score at 7. After that, the Pilots owned the 2nd quarter, scoring three touchdowns on runs by Joe Novak and Brad Sabo and a 33 yard interception return by Barrett Henson to make the half time score 26-7 in favor of the Pilots. In the third quarter and early part of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats defense stifled the Pilots offense, while scoring two touchdowns to make the game a bit interesting at 26-20. On the ensuing drive, the Pilots drove 63 yards down to the field and scored on a 7 yard touchdown run by Brad Sabo. Sabo then ran in the two point conversion off a Matt Lewis option pitch to give the Pilots a 34-20 lead. After forcing Alpena to punt on their next drive, De La Salle again drove down the field and scored on a 15 yard run by Matt Lewis to close out the scoring and give the Pilots the 41-20 win. Good job Pilots! De La Salle's next game is next Saturday, September 7th at East Detroit Memorial Field against Ortonville Brandon. Kick off is at 7 pm. Please come out and support your Pilots! GO PILOTS! News and Notes: Joe Novak rushed 20 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns; Brad Sabo rushed 11 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns; Matt Lewis went 8 for 11 for 47 yards and rushed 8 times for 36 yards and one touchdown...Barrett Henson's interception return for a touchdown was the first one for the Pilots since Game 3 of the 2001 season when Joe Novak ran in an inteception from 20 yards out for a touchdown against Notre Dame...This is the first time two De La Salle running backs have had two touchdowns apiece in a single game since at least 1998..The 41 points De La Salle scored tonight is the most points the Pilots have scored since a 42-7 dubbing of Bishop Foley in 1999...The Pilots had 304 yards of total offense, while allowing just 109 for Alpena...The Varsity football game completed a tripleheader of De La Salle football games--The Freshmen team won their game against Alpena 30-0, while the JV won their game against Alpena 21-19.