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After losing to the vaunted Brother Rice Warriors 15 straight times, the Pilots broke the streak and beat Brother Rice in the MHSAA Division 2 Regional Final 18-7 at Southfield Lathrup. De La Salle is now 10-2 on the year, while Brother Rice finishes its season at 11-1. After trading possessions with Brother Rice, De La Salle got on the board with an 11 play, 61 yard drive, highlighted by a roughing the kicker penalty and a 31 yard pass to David Blackburn, Chad O'Shell scored from 4 yards out to give DLS a 7-0 lead with 9:47 left in the second quarter. Brother Rice responded later in the second quarter after recovering a Chad O'Shell fumble at the DLS 38 yard line. Rice went 38 yards in 5 plays, capped off by Mike Cappetto's 4 yard run to tie the score at 7 with 5:04 left in the second quarter. De La Salle regained the lead taking advantage of a muffed punt by Brother Rice at the Brother Rice 33 yard line and drove down to the Brother Rice 5 yard line when Kyle Torzy knocked his first of three goals home - a 22 yard boot with 8 seconds left in the half to give DLS a 10-7 halftime lead. In the second half, DLS received the kickoff and drove from the Brother Rice 49 to the Brother Rice 3 yard, but were stopped on downs. From there, Brother Rice took over and drove to their own 38 yard line, but were stopped by the DLS defense. On the punt attempt, the snap went over BR punter Andy Lentz's head whereby he kicked the ball out of the endzone for a safety, giving DLS a 12-7 lead. On the subsequent drive, DLS went from their own 40 to the Brother Rice 13 yard line in 7 plays, where Kyle Torzy kicked his second field goal of the game, this one for 30 yards out to give DLS a 15-7 lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the DLS defense dominated, forcing three Brother Rice turnovers with two interceptions (Don Fowler and Jimmy Martinez, respectively) and fumble recovery Anthony Sabatella, while the DLS offense chewed up more yardage and time off the clock, tacking on another field goal, this one from 18 yards out with 2:57 left in the game. From there, the defense took care of business and the party was on. As the seconds ticked down and the crowd started to swell toward the fence between the stands and the field and then eventually on the field. Everyone knew this was big - it was history in the making. At the end of the game, players and coaches mobbed each other, while students, parents, alumni, and friends streamed on to the field and embraced each other in celebration of the epic win. It was a sight to behold and something no one who attended this game will ever forget because for the first time ever, the De La Salle football team had won its regional and were going to the MHSAA Semi-Finals. Now De La Salle will take on Dearborn High School on Saturday, November 18th at 1:00 PM at Ferndale High School. Directions to Ferndale High School can be found under "Locations" on this website. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: With win, De La Salle has set a school record for wins in a season with 10...De La Salle also set numerous school records in this game as well - most interceptions in a season (20) and most field goals made in a game (3)...Jimmy Berezik was the man again on the ground, leading the DLS rushing attack with 139 yards on 26 carries...As a team, DLS rushed for 264 yards against Brother Rice...Brian Lewis was 4 for 11 passing for 66 yards and rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries...Chad O'Shell rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries...Don Fowler and Jimmy Martinez are tied for the team lead with 6 interceptions apiece...Jimmy Berezik with his 26 carries broke Joe Novak's 2002 record of 248 carries in one season - Berezik has carried the ball 272 times this season for 1649 yards...Berezik also has over 2100 all-purpose yards this season...The three playoff wins this season is also a school record...Dearborn is 11-1 this season - the game will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
In a sloppy game in which both teams turned the ball over a combined eight (8) times and three personal foul penalties were called, the Pilots outslugged the Grosse Pointe North Norsemen 28-14 at Warren Fitzgerald to win their first District title since 2002. The Pilots are now 9-2 on the season. The game started off on a sluggish note, with both teams going scoreless in the first quarter and with De La Salle turning the ball over twice in their own territory, but Grosse Pointe North did not do itself any favors either, turning over the ball once on a fake punt pass and a fumble by their starting running back Jerry Peoples. In fact, it was the Peoples fumble at the end of the 2nd quarter that led to De La Salle's first touchdown of the game. After fumbling the ball at their own 26 yard line, Jimmy Berezik took the ball on the Pilots first possession of the second quarter and raced into the endzone, giving DLS the 7-0 lead. North did threaten once during the quarter, driving from the GPN 26 yard line to the DLS 23 in 13 plays, but the drive ended when Don Fowler picked off his third pass of the day on a halfback option pass, leaving the score 7-0 going into halftime. In the second half, more mistakes for both teams. Grosse Pointe North received the ball first in the second half and went 3 and out. On 4th down, Jimmy Martinez raced in and blocked the Michael Dalliare punt and Shane Torzy recoved the punt at the GPN 22 yard line. From there it took the Pilots 5 plays to go 22 yards, capped off by a Jimmy Berezik 1 yard plunge to give DLS a 14-0 lead. But just as at the end of the first quarter a GPN turnover led to a DLS touchdown, this time a DLS turnover towards the end of the third quarter at the DLS 32 yard line led to a Grosse Pointe North touchdown as the Norsemen drove 32 yards on 5 plays, capped off and highlighted by a 20 yard touchdown pass from Mike Stevenson to Cory McCain to give North their first points of the game and cut the DLS lead in half. But from there, the DLS defense stiffened, stopping North on their next two drives with Shane Torzy stopping the second drive by intercepting a GPN pass at the North 25 and returning it to the GPN 9 yard line. Two plays later, Jimmy Berezik took the ball in from 4 yards out, scoring his 3rd touchdown of the day, and giving DLS a 21-7 lead with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter. Grosse Pointe North, now facing a 14 point deficit with 3 minutes left, tried their best to air it out, but to no avail, turning the ball over on downs at their own 22 yard line. From there, it took the Pilots three plays to score, with Chad O'Shell scoring from 8 yards out to put the exclaimation mark on the game. GPN did score again with 1:08 left in the game to get within 14 points at 28-14, but it was too little too late as the Pilots won the District title. With the win, De La Salle now takes on Brother Rice for the third time this season, this time on Brother Rice's home turf at Southfield Lathrup High School on Saturday, November 11th at 7:00 PM. This game is for the Regional title. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: With the win, De La Salle has now won 9 games for the first time since 1994...De La Salle has gained over 3000 yards of total offense this year, the most in school history...With his three interceptions, all in the first half, Don Fowler tied the school record with most interceptions in the game, tying the mark set by Tim Sheridan against Austin High School in 1968...With his three touchdowns today, Jimmy Berezik has the school record for most touchdowns scored in a season and becomes the second DLS football player to score 100 points in a season...Jimmy also becomes the first DLS running back to gain over 1500 yards in a season...The five turnovers for the DLS defense is the most forced since the DLS defense forced eight turnovers against Detroit Pershing in 2003...Next week will mark the first time De La Salle has played one opponent three times in a single season...De La Salle has set a school record with points scored in a single season with 256...The DLS defense also tied a school record in the number of interceptions in a single season with 18...Don Fowler and Jimmy Martinez are tied for the most interceptions on the team with 5 apiece...De La Salle has also scored a school record 36 touchdowns this year.
While the varsity football team has been experiencing great success this 2006 season, the lower level teams have also been experiencing success as well. The Junior Varsity football team, with Head Coach Dave Dudus, and assistants Joe Pagano (DLS '86), Erich Goetz, A.C. Cox, and Scott Grimmer, went 5-3 overall, 3-2 in league play. This is the second straight season the JV finished with a winning record, first time that has happened since the 1996 and 1997 JV football teams. The JV beat Catholic Central for the first time since 1995 and were in contention for the Central Division title right until their last game of the season. Congrats to the JV for a fine season! The Freshmen football team, with Head Coach Rick Desotell, and assistants Greg Hoskins, Ron Bonin, Dennis Pascoe, and Matt Cook, not only won the Central Division for the first time since 1991, but also were the first DLS freshman football team ever to go undefeated for the season. This team demolished everyone in their path, with the closest game being 15 point win for the Pilots over Brother Rice. The freshmen defeated Catholic Central for the first time since 1995 and Brother Rice for the first time since 1993. Congrats to the Freshman to a great season! Some of the De La Salle Varsity football players also earned accolades for their accomplishments during the league season: All-Catholic Jimmy Berezik Don Fowler Alex Hillman Anthony Sabatella Shane Torzy (Note: Shane Torzy becomes the third person from his family to be an All-Catholic football player at De La Salle - his grandfather, Joe Torzewski (Torzy), was an All-Catholic football player in 1937 and 1938 and his father, Mark Torzy, was an All-Catholic football player in 1974.) All-League Dan Karam Sam Lentine Anthony Vitale Honorable Mention All-League Brian Lewis John Martinez Jimmy Martinez Chad O'Shell Mike Riley Central Division Coach of the Year Paul Verska Congratulations to all those who have garnered awards so far this year!
Behind Jimmy Berezik's record setting performance and a stifling defense, De La Salle defeated Detroit Finney Saturday night 31-0, allowing De La Salle to advance to next week's district final game against Grosse Pointe North. De La Salle is now 8-2 on the year. The game started off slow, as both teams went scoreless in the first quarter, but the second quarter started off with a bang for the Pilots, first when junior Kyle Torzy blocked a Detroit Finney punt and Anthony Sabatella recovered it in the endzone to give the Pilots, after the PAT, a 7-0 lead. On Finney's next possession, from the Finney 25 yard line, senior Don Fowler intercepted a Highlander pass and took it to the DLS 11 yard line. On the next play, Berezik scored from 11 yards out to give DLS a 13-0 lead. But the Pilots were not finished in the second quarter. Two possessions later, after another blocked punt, this time by Shane Torzy, DLS took over at the Finney 27 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Berezik took the ball and raced 27 yards to pay dirt, giving the Pilots a 19-0 going into halftime. In the second half, more of the same. After freshman Andre Dortch returned the kickoff to the DLS 27 yardline, on the first offensive play of the third quarter, Berezik took the handoff and raced 73 yards to give the Pilots a 25-0 lead. Finney's best drive of the game occurred after DLS took the 25-0 lead, as the Highlanders drove 71 yards in 17 plays, aided by a DLS pass interference call, to the DLS 19 yard line, but on 4th and 14, the Pilots snuffed out the quarterback draw and ended Finney's threat. De La Salle's last scoring drive of the game took place late in the 3rd quarter into the fourth quarter as the Pilots, who recovered a bad snap on a Finney punt, drove 25 yards on 8 plays, highlighted by Berezik's 4th touchdown of the game to give the final margin of victory of 31-0. Now De La Salle will take on Grosse Pointe North on Saturday, November 4th at 1:00 PM at Warren Fitzgerald High School. Please note the day, time, and location. Fitzgerald High School is located on the northeast corner of Ryan Road and 9 Mile. This will still be a DLS home game. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: De La Salle gained 228 yards on the night, all on the ground...Berezik was the main ball carrier with his 206 yards...Berezik breaks Vince Thomas' 11 year old single season rushing record with his 206 yards...Thomas rushed for 1351 yards in 1995, while Berezik has rushed for 1399 yards so far this season...Berezik's four touchdowns are 2nd most in a single game in DLS history, tying the mark John Larocca set in 2004 against Country Day...The two blocked punts in a game are the most in De La Salle football history...This is De La Salle's second shutout of the season...Next week will mark the first game played between De La Salle and Grosse Pointe North...Due to the poor conditions at the Warren Community Center, the game will be played at Warren Fitzgerald High School...The De La Salle Athletic Department thanks Fitzgerald High School for the use of their field on Saturday.
Article Courtesy of the Detroit News http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061022/SPORTS05/610220352/1049/SPORTS05 Brother Rice 24, Warren DeLaSalle 21 Brother Rice holds on for Catholic League crown Warriors top Warren DeLaSalle for second time in three weeks. Matthew A. Goricki / The Detroit News DETROIT — Birmingham Brother Rice proved its worth Saturday at Ford Field, as it found itself having to overcome another last-minute situation. The top-ranked Warriors beat Warren DeLaSalle, 24-21, to win the Catholic League A-B championship and finish the regular season undefeated. After an 84-yard touchdown reception by DeLaSalle’s Don Fowler cut the Warriors' lead to 17-14, Rice responded with a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Caulton Ray IV scored on a 13-yard run, giving the Warriors a 24-14 advantage with 5:30 remaining. DeLaSalle (7-2) came back with a 11-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brian Lewis to David Blackburn. The Pilots couldn’t recover the onside kick, and one Brother Rice first down was enough to run out the clock. “That DeLaSalle team is a very good football team,” Brother Rice coach Al Fracassa said. “We were just honored to beat them. It could have gone either way again. It’s football. They sure gave us a heck of a game.” Fowler’s touchdown sparked the DeLaSalle defense, which forced Brother Rice into a fourth-and-2 at the Pilots’ 47-yard line. Sam Lentine jumped offsides, giving the Warriors a key first down. The next play, Ray ran for 29 yards, and two plays later, he scored on the run. “I thought we gave them a couple of opportunities,” Pilots coach Paul Verska said. “We jumped offsides and we had them in a key situation, and we gave them some momentum. I thought we were trying to strip the ball too much instead of just tackling. They deserved to win. We made too many mistakes to get the ‘W,’ and they capitalized on them. That’s the sign of a good football team.” DeLaSalle, which lost 10-6 to Brother Rice two weeks ago, led 7-0 early in the second quarter after Lewis’ 4-yard touchdown run. Brother Rice responded with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Mike Cappetto to Andy Lentz. Cappetto’s 1-yard scoring run late in the third quarter gave the Warriors a 14-7 edge. A 35-yard field goal by Dusty Greenbury stretched the lead to 10 with 11:20 remaining. Ray, a junior, rushed 21 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 104 of those yards in the second half, including 80 in the fourth quarter. “We knew it was going to be a big fourth quarter,” Ray said. “We knew we had to get things done. We had no other option than to bring it.” Senior Jimmy Berezik was the workhorse for DeLaSalle, carrying the ball 19 times for 148 yards. “He’s the best,” Fracassa said of Berezik. “That kid there can fly. We were really worried (about him). He’s dangerous. We thought if we could control him a little bit, we would have a chance to win. He’s not controllable. He’s going to cause a lot of problems in the playoffs.” ************************************************************************************ De La Salle will now host its first ever playoff game in school history against Detroit Finney on Saturday, October 28th at 7:00 PM at the Warren Community Center. The winner of this game will play the winner of Grosse Pointe North and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek on Friday, November 3rd. So until Friday, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: With the loss, De La Salle has not won a Catholic League title since 1956...Statistical leaders against Brother Rice were - Jimmy Berezik on the ground with 148 yards on 19 carries; in the air - Brian Lewis who was 6 of 16 for 112 yards; receiving - David Blackburn had 4 receptions, but Don Fowler led the lead in receiving yards with 84...The De La Salle Freshmen Football was on hand to accept its Freshmen Divisional Trophy; The young Pilots were the first DLS frosh team to go undefeated for the season and won their first sectional title since 1991...De La Salle gained a total of 345 yards, as compared to Brother Rice's 365 yards...With the 148 yards, Jimmy Berezik gained a total of 1193 yards on the ground through 9 games, the most since Vince Thomas gained 1351 in 9 games in 1995...De La Salle finished with its most regular season wins since 1994 when the team won 8 games in the regular season...For the second straight week, Brian Lewis threw two touchdown passes...De La Salle finishes the regular season ranked #2 in Macomb County (Macomb Daily), #2 in the Metro East (Detroit News), #6 in Division I (AP & Detroit Free Press), and #18 in Tom Markowski's Top 25...The two losses, both to Brother Rice, were by a combined 7 points, which compares to the 1982 De La Salle football team which lost two games by a combined 4 points (Divine Child by 3 and Catholic Central by 1).