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In front of a capacity crowd at Fitzgerald High School, the De La Salle Pilots battled back from a halftime deficit to defeat Catholic Central Saturday afternoon 21-14 in overtime. The win puts DLS at 5-0 this season, 2-0 in the Catholic League Central Division. This marks the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons that DLS has defeated CC in back to back seasons.
This game was a typical Central Division game - tough, hard-hitting, and close from beginning to end. Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Pilots struck first, going 51 yards in six plays, highlighted by halfback pass from junior John Martinez to his brother Jimmy Martinez for 38 yards, down to the CC 13 yard line. From there, it took four plays before Chad O'Shell bowled into the endzone from two yards out, giving DLS the 7-0 lead. But Catholic Central responded right back, going 80 yards in 7 plays, ending in a halfback pass, this one from sophomore Anthony Capatina to senior Scott Kovanda from 43 yards out to tie the game up at 7. On the next DLS possession, Chad O'Shell fumbled at the CC 32 yard line and from there, CC went 32 yards in 3 plays, ending in a Ryan Houska pass to Jon Vigi, giving the Shamrocks a 14-7 lead into halftime and stunning the Pilot faithful.
In the second half, the Pilots came out on a mission and did so defensively, holding CC to 35 total yards in the second half and overtime and giving the offense chances to tie the game. The offense finally came through, marching 59 yards in 12 plays, finishing with Chad O'Shell's second touchdown of the day, again from two yards out, but this time on fourth down, to tie the score at 14 a piece. After DLS tied it up, both teams exchanged possessions, with neither team sustaining any sort of drive to get within field goal range. Catholic Central had the last chance in the game to win in regulation, but ran out of time as they entered into DLS territory and sending the game into overtime, the first time DLS had played in an overtime game since 1999.
In overtime, CC won the toss and went on defense first. But it did not matter much, as Chad O'Shell took the pitch and raced 10 yards into the endzone, giving DLS, after the PAT, a 21-14 lead. Now Catholic Central was given its chance, starting at the 15 yard line rather than the 10 yard line because of a running into the kicker penalty, CC had 4 chances to even the score. On first down, Anthony Capatina took the pitch and gained 5 yards down to the 10 yard line. On second down, Ryan Houska went back to pass and threw the ball towards Kam Leiter, but it was nearly picked off by John Martinez. On third down, Houska threw a fade into the endzone intended for Scott Kovanda, but Kovanda dropped the ball. On fourth down, with the DLS crowd on it's feet, Houska fired another pass to Leiter in the end zone, but the pass was behind Leiter and fell harmlessly to the turf, giving DLS the overtime win on Homecoming.
Now the Pilots will take on Divine Child on Saturday, September 29th at 7:30 PM at Fitzgerald High School in another pivotal Central Division game, so come on out and root the Pilots on to victory.
So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
News and Notes: With the win, DLS starts off the year at 5-0 for the second straight season for the first time since the 1984-1985 football seasons...The last time DLS played an overtime game was in 1999 when the Pilots defeated Holt 22-21 in double overtime on a fake extra-point attempt...This was the first time DLS went into overtime against a league foe since 1997 went DLS lost to Harper Woods Notre Dame 27-26...This was the first time DLS and Catholic Central had played an overtime game since 1983 when DLS beat CC in triple overtime 39-33...The 39 points scored in that game was the most an opponent has over scored on CC since 1970...DLS is now 2-0 all-time against CC in overtime games (1975 and 1983)...This was the first time DLS had played CC on Homecoming since 1994, when DLS beat CC in that game 14-5...The 21 points DLS scored on CC was the most since that triple overtime game in 1983...Senior running back Chad O'Shell has scored 15 touchdowns so far this seasons...DLS is 8-5 all-time against Divine Child.
Backed by a strong rushing attack that netted the Pilots 415 yards and 48 first half points, De La Salle beat U of D Jesuit Saturday afternoon 48-14. De La Salle is now 4-0 on the year, 1-0 in league play.
The scoring started early and often in the first half, led by four touchdown runs (29, 19, 48, and four yards) by Chad O'Shell in the first quarter and a half of the game to give DLS a quick 28-0 lead. The De La Salle defense did its job, stifling the U of D Jesuit running and passing attack and providing the offense with great field position. With O'Shell getting the rest of the afternoon off after his fourth touchdown run, sophomore Andre Dortch came in and did not miss a beat, scoring two touchdowns of his own in the second quarter from one yard and 80 yards out, respectively to boost the DLS lead to 41-0. After another stop by the DLS defense, the Pilot two-minute offense went to work, going 62 yard in 7 plays, ending in a Josh Sinagoga 16 yard pass to David Blackburn, giving DLS a 48-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, many of the Pilot reserves got some well-deserved playing time and performed well, not allowing U of D Jesuit to score until late in the fourth quarter, but it was all academic as De La Salle won its league opener for the second straight year.
Now the Pilots will take on the Shamrocks from Catholic Central High School on Saturday, September 22nd at 1:00 PM at Fitzgerald High School. This is also De La Salle's homecoming game, so come out early and join what is certain to be a big crowd.
So until Saturday, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
News and Notes: Leading the school-record rushing attack was Chad O'Shell and Andre Dortch - the two combined to rush for 331 yards and six touchdowns against U of D Jesuit...Josh Sinagoga was four for six passing for 40 yards and the one touchdown to David Blackburn...The Pilots intercepted three U of D Jesuit passes in the second quarter and all three by different players - John Martinez, Alex Pierse, and Kyle Torzy...De La Salle is now 29-13-2 all-time against U of D Jesuit...The Pilots have now started the season 4-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1983-1985 seasons...The last time Catholic Central was De La Salle's homecoming game was 1994...The De La Salle freshman football team, coached by Rick Desotell, is 4-0 so far this season...The De La Salle JV team, coached by Dave Dudus, is 1-3 so far this season.
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.
The De La Salle Pilots got off to a flying start in 2007 with a 41-0 win over Detroit Kettering at Fitzgerald High School Friday night. This is the 3rd straight year and the 10th time in 12 seasons the Pilots have won the opening game of the season.
After a delay due to storms in the area, the game did not start until after 9 PM, but the late start did not affect the Pilots as they scored early and often on a befuddled Kettering defense. It started in the first quarter when Chad O'Shell took the handoff on the first play from scrimmage and scampered 49 yards into the endzone for a quick 7-0 lead. On the next possession after a Kettering punt, the Pilots went 23 yards in 5 plays before junior Andrew Stebens connected on a 33 yard field goal a 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, it was more of the same: after a pass interference call on Kettering moved the ball to the Kettering 28 yard line, O'Shell again took the handoff and raced into the end zone giving DLS a 17-0 lead. After another Kettering drive sputtered, the Pilots took over at their own 24 yard line. Three plays later, O'Shell again took the hand off from the DLS 26 and again, ran all the way to the end zone, this time a 74 yard run to pay dirt giving DLS a 24-0 lead. While O'Shell's night was done after his third touchdown, the DLS was not. After the Kettering offense went three-and-out, the Pilots took over at the Kettering 47 yard line. On the first play of the drive, sophomore Tim Zabawa took the handoff and went 47 yards, scoring the Pilots' third touchdown of the quarter and givng DLS a 31-0 lead. The Pilots would tack on 21 yard Andrew Stebens field goal at the end of the second quarter to give DLS a 34-0 lead at half.
In the second half, the Pilot reserves where given a chance to prove themselves and they did not disappoint, holding Kettering to 24 total yards in the second half, while adding on another touchdown, this one a 19 yard run by junior Alex Pierse, give the final margin of victory and start the 2007 season on the right foot.
This coming week, De La Salle will take on Flint Carman-Ainsworth at Fitzgerald High School on Friday, August 31st at 7 PM. Last year, DLS beat Carman-Ainsworth 37-7 in Flint and will be looking for a bit of payback. Carman-Ainsworth lost their first game of the season to Saline 27-24.
So until Friday Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
News and Notes: Chad O'Shell led all rushers with 157 on just 4 carries and three touchdowns...Other than O'Shell, 13 other Pilots had rushing attempts in the game...The Pilots rushed for 330 yards on 32 carries, which is third all time for most rushing yards in a game...This was De La Salle's first ever meeting with Detroit Kettering in football...The victory over Kettering was the largest margin of victory for DLS in a game since 2004 when the Pilots beat Windsor Sandwich 48-6...Andrew Stebens did his best Kyle Torzy imitation, going 2 for 2 on field goal attempts...Meanwhile, Kyle Torzy did his best Shane Torzy imitation, sending 3 of his 6 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks...DLS is 1-0 all-time against Flint Carman-Ainsworth...Like last year, Carman-Ainsworth lost their first game of the year last year against Saline before facing the Pilots.