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De La Salle gained a berth into the Catholic League A-B Championship Game for the first time since 1994 by defeating Orchard Lake St. Mary's 14-7 on Parents Night at the Warren Community Center. It is De La Salle's first win over OLSM since 2002 when De La Salle defeated OLSM 14-7 at East Detroit Memorial Stadium. The scoring started with 9:16 left in the second quarter when senior QB Brian Lewis hit junior WR David Blackburn on a 25 yard pass play to cap off a 9 play, 80 yard drive to put DLS up 7-0 after the successful PAT. The key play on the drive was senior fullback Jimmy Berezik ripping a 20 yard run to the DLS 46 to kick start the drive. St. Mary's did very little on its next drive, going three and out and punting the ball back to DLS. The Pilots then went from their 46 to the OLSM 29 yard line, but on fourth down, DLS came up just short and OLSM took over with three minutes left in the half. OLSM then wasted little time in marching down the field, going 71 yards in 9 plays, highlighted by a 43 yard catch by sophomore Eaglet Sauve Lavallis which brought OLSM to the DLS 9 yard line. Three plays later, OLSM QB Justin Siller took it in from 1 yard out to tie the game, after the PAT, at 7 going into halftime. In the third quarter, De La Salle mustered all it could offensively, driving into OLSM territory on two separate occasions, but all the Pilots could show for the effort was a missed 38 yard field goal. OLSM, on the other hand, could not muster anything at all offensively, gaining 19 total yards in the third quarter. But as the third quarter was nearing its end, the Pilots took over on their own 44 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Jimmy Berezik took the hand off and raced 31 yards to get DLS down to the OLSM 25 yard line to give DLS a scoring chance entering the fourth quarter. Four plays later, DLS did just that as Brian Lewis threw his second touchdown of the game, this time to senior WR Don Fowler from 11 yards out giving DLS a 14-7 lead with 10:19 left in the game. From that point on, the De La Salle defense stepped up to prevent the Eaglets from tying the score. On St. Mary's ensuing possession after the DLS touchdown, the Eaglets drove down to the DLS 45 yard line, but sophomore DB Jimmy Martinez came up with a crucial interception at the DLS 17 yard line to thwart that OLSM drive. On the next St. Mary's possession, the Eaglets went three-and-out and were forced to punt. On the last OLSM possession of the game, the Eaglets went from their 35 yard line down to the DLS 31 with less than two minutes left in the game. The DLS defense held OLSM RB Dominique White to a 4 yard gain on first down, an incomplete pass to OLSM WR Taurian Washington on second down, and an incomplete pass to OLSM RB Chris Mitchell on third down. On fourth down and 6 from the DLS 27 yard line, OLSM QB Justin Siller went back to pass, found no one open, then tried to gain the first down with his legs, but he was stopped four yards short of a first down, giving the ball back to the Pilots who then ran out the clock. Where now from here? Well, De La Salle will now take on Brother Rice in a rematch of the Week 7 game at Ford Field on Saturday, October 21st at 7:00 PM in the CHSL A-B Championship game, De La Salle's first appearance in the Championship game since 1994. It should be a good, competitve game so come down to Ford Field and root the Pilots on to victory. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: Brian Lewis had his best game as a De La Salle quarterback, going 15 for 16 and 115 yards and two touchdowns...Lewis set a school record for pass completion percentage in a game and consecutive passes completed (10 in a row)...For his efforts, Brian was named the Prime Time Player of the Week on the High School Football Show on 1130 WDFN...Jimmy Berezik led the Pilots on the ground, rushing the ball 28 times for 116 yards, putting Berezik at over the 1000 yard mark for the season, the first DLS running back to do so since Joe Novak in 2002...In the air, six different DLS football players caught passes: Don Fowler, David Blackburn, senior Shane Torzy, junior Kyle Torzy, junior Kevin Corbeil, and Jimmy Berezik...Fowler led the corps with 4 catches, but Shane Torzy led the team in most receiving yardage with 40 in this game...The overall series between DLS and OLSM stands at 9-6 in favor of OLSM...The four league wins for DLS are the most since 1994 and is more than the amount of league wins DLS had between 2000 to 2005...This is the first time DLS finishes league play in second place since 1996...Next week will mark the first time De La Salle has played a team twice in the regular season since 1982 when DLS played Catholic Central twice that season.
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Warriors Defeat Pilots 10-6

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Oct 7, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
***From the Detroit News, October 7th, 2006*** WARREN -- This is becoming a habit for Birmingham Brother Rice. The Warriors' defense was responsible for another victory, and this one clinched at least a share of the Catholic League Central Division title. Brother Rice held Warren DeLaSalle to 165 yards and its star running back, Jimmy Berezik, to 100 below his average and defeated the Pilots 10-6 on Friday at the Warren Community Center. Berezik came in needing 172 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, but the Warriors would have none of it. Berezik ran hard and had 21 carries, but he could only manage 53 yards. "We knew that Jimmy was the kid to stop," Brother Rice All-State linebacker Chris Colasanti said. "All of the films we watched -- against (Detroit) Catholic Central and (Dearborn) Divine Child -- he was the one breaking through. Our main objective was to stop Jimmy. The D-line was amazing. The credit goes to them." Brother Rice (7-0), ranked No. 1, is 4-0 in the division and can clinch the title outright with a victory next Saturday night against Dearborn Divine Child. DeLaSalle (5-1, 3-1), ranked No. 21, can earn a share of the title by defeating Orchard Lake St. Mary's next Friday and a Divine Child victory. All of the scoring came in the first half as DeLaSalle took a 3-0 lead on a 19-yard field goal by Kyle Torzy with 1:13 left in the first quarter. Brother Rice answered on its next drive as quarterback Mike Cappetto (10-of-16, 191 yards) threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Kaunda Hancock for a 7-3 lead. A 69-yard kickoff return by Berezik set up the Pilots' final points -- a 22-yard field goal by Torzy. Dustin Greenbury's 31-yard field goal with 5:17 left gave the Warriors the 10-6 lead. "We knew we couldn't give up the big play and we did it once," DeLaSalle coach Paul Verska said. "We got down there twice and couldn't score (a touchdown). It was a fun game. I'd like to play them again. We showed we could play with anyone." DeLaSalle threatened once in the second half when a Torzy field-goal try from 32 yards was blocked with 9:17 left in the game. Neither team made many mistakes. Each had an interception, Brother Rice committed two penalties, one was a delay at the end of the game, and DeLaSalle did not commit a penalty. The homecoming crowd had the Pilots geared up for the upset and Brother Rice coach Al Fracassa knew his team was in for a tight game. "We knew it was going to be a hard-hitting game," he said. "It was one of those games where I think the people got a kick out of each team hitting each other. They're a great team. "Our defense did a fantastic job, especially against that No. 21 (Berezik). He's fast. "We passed early because we didn't want to get smashed by them. We figured it would open up the running game." Cappetto attempted 13 passes in the first half, five on the first three drives. You can reach Tom Markowski at The Pilots take on Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 PM at the Warren Community Center. If the Pilots beat OLSM, they will then take on Brother Rice again in the Prep Bowl on October 21st at 7:00 PM. If they Pilots happen to lose to OLSM, they will then take on either Catholic Central or U of D Jesuit in the Prep Bowl at 1:00 PM on October 21st. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
On a muddy, rain soaked field at Dearborn Heights Crestwood High School, the Pilots of De La Salle defeated Divine Child for the first time since 2003 with a 12-0 win over the Falcons on Saturday afternoon. The win puts DLS at 6-0 for the first time since 1994 and gives the Pilots their first automatic MHSAA playoff berth since 2002 and their first CHSL Prep Bowl berth since 1994. The game started off slow for both teams as struggled to find any sort of rhythm offensively. DLS had its best chance to score midway through the first quarter when the Pilots drove down to the Divine Child 8 yard line, but a holding penalty pushed DLS back and a 30 yard field goal attempt by Shane Torzy was no good. In the second quarter, more of the same. Divine Child had its best scoring chance of the entire day when the Falcons recovered a Jimmy Berezik fumble at the DLS 45 yard line, but got no further than the DLS 41 yard line and was forced to punt. DLS got on the board midway through the 2nd quarter when the Pilots drove 89 yards in 7 plays, aided by an illegal participation penalty by Divine Child, capped by Jimmy Berezik's first touchdown run of the day, a 65 yard run, to put DLS up 6-0 which is how it remained going into halftime. In the second half, moving the ball was a difficult proposition for the Divine Child offense as the DLS defense shut down the Falcon attack. For De La Salle, on its second drive of the second half, DLS went on a 14 play, 94 yard drive, aided by two DC offsides penalties and 33 yard Jimmy Berezik run down to the DC 10 yard line. Two plays later, Berezik plunged in from two yards out to give DLS a 12-0 lead with 11:55 left in the fourth quarter. For the rest of the game, the DLS defense continued to shutdown Divine Child, allowing the Falcons 59 total offensive yards for the entire game. With the win, DLS won its first game over Divine Child since 2003, cliched their first playoff berth since 2003, and cliched their first trip to the Prep Bowl since 1994. Now the real fun begins. De La Salle takes on Brother Rice at the Warren Community Center on October 6th at 7:00 PM. This is game is the Homecoming game for De La Salle and seeing that both teams are defeated, it should be a very competitive game. Come early and root on the Pilots! So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: De La Salle now holds an 8-5 all-time advantage over Divine Child...This was the first shutout for De La Salle since 2005 when DLS shutout Riverview Gabriel Ricard and Windsor Sandwich in back-to-back games...On the rushing end, Jimmy Berezik once again led the way on the ground, with 170 yards on 22 carries...On the receiving end, senior Don Fowler led the way with 2 catches for 27 yards...This is the earliest De La Salle had ever clinched a playoff berth since the expansion of the state playoffs in 1999...This is the first time since 1996 that DLS has won 3 league games and will finish with a winning record in league play...De La Salle is the only Class A team in Macomb County that is still undefeated.
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Freshman and JV Football Update

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 24, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

While the Varsity football team is 5-0 for the first time since 1994, the lower level Pilots are also finding success so far this season.

The freshman football team, led by Head Coach Rick Desotell, is 5-0 for the first time since 1995, defeating CC this past Saturday for the first time since 1995 38-20. Their scores so far this season are as follows:

De La Salle 42 White Lake Lakeland 14
De La Salle 58 Flint Carman-Ainsworth 0
De La Salle 39 Royal Oak 0
De La Salle 42 U of D Jesuit 16
De La Salle 38 Catholic Central 20

The Freshmen will take on Allen Park Cabrini (JV) on Saturday, September 30th at Cabrini at 1:00 PM.

The JV Football team, led by Head Coach Dave Dudus, is now 4-1 on the year after defeating Catholic Central for the first time since 1994 37-12 Monday night.  Their scores so far this season are as follows:

De La Salle 14 Monroe High School 17
De La Salle 35 Flint Carman-Ainsworth 26
De La Salle 56 Summit Academy 0
De La Salle 29 U of D Jesuit 7
De La Salle 37 Catholic Central 12

So far this season, the entire football program is 14-1, it's best mark this far into the season since 1994.  Great job so far to the players and coaches and keep up the good work.
It's been a long time coming...a very long time coming, but it happened. The Pilots, behind the overall effort of all DLS senior football players, beat Novi Detroit Catholic Central 17-7 in the Boys Bowl - Catholic Central's homecoming game. The win puts DLS at 5-0 for the first time since 1994 and 2-0 in league play since 1996 and puts DLS ever closer to clinching its first Prep Bowl berth since 1994. The first half saw both teams battle back and forth, jockeying for field position. In the first quarter, CC went 40 yards in 14 plays, initially driving down all the way to the DLS 17 yard line before the defense stuffed CC fullback Jeremy Bednarz-Gray on first down, sacked CC RB Jake Marmul trying to pass on the halfback option on second down, and an incomplete pass from CC QB Chris Cagle on third down. On fourth down, CC elected to go for the field goal on fourth down, but was called for illegal motion. On 4th and 24 from the DLS 31 yard line, Cagle passed the ball to Marmul, was well short of the first down and ending the CC threat. On CC's next possession, CC went from their 28 yard line to the DLS 42 yard line in 8 plays, but were forced to punt on 4th and 24. On DLS' next possession, the Pilots drove to the CC 18 yard line, highlighted by a 27 yard run by senior Shane Torzy and a 26 yard pass from senior Brian Lewis to senior Don Fowler, but on the next play, senior Jimmy Berezik fumbled and De La Salle's best drive of the game as to that point unfortunately ended. CC punted on their next possession and DLS ran out the clock on the half, leaving the score 0-0 at half. In the second half, it was all Pilots: It all started went CC went 3 and out on their first possession. On the ensuing punt, Berezik took the punt from the DLS 37 yard line and outran the CC punt team for 63 yard for a touchdown, puttin the Pilots up 7-0 after the successful PAT. After CC went 3 and out for the second time in the third quarter, DLS got the ball on its 39 yard line. DLS went 58 yards in 12 plays, going down to the CC 3 yard line before stalling, but Kyle Torzy knocked a 20 yard field goal through, giving DLS a 10-0 lead. CC gained 15 yards on 5 plays, but were forced to punt the ball way from their 35 yard line to the DLS 28 yard line where Berezik took the punt up to the DLS 48 yard line. From there, drove to the CC 29 yard line, but 47 yard field goal attempt by Shane Torzy was just wide, leaving the score at 10-0. After CC went 3 and out again and punted the ball to the DLS 38 yard line where Berezik took the punt to the DLS 48 yard line. After a 5 yard false start penalty, DLS went 57 yards in 7 plays, culminated by Berezik's 25 yard touchdown run to put DLS up 17-0 with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter. From there, CC mounted its only scoring drive of the game, going 71 yards in 10 plays, culminated in a 6 yard touchdown pass from Chris Cagle to senior tight end Rob Bennett to give the final score of 17-7. Now after all of this, De La Salle is now 5-0, 2-0 in the league. The Pilots now play Divine Child at Crestwood High School on Saturday, September 30th at 1:30 PM. The Pilots have a chance to not only clinch a MHSAA playoff berth, but also a chance to clinch a spot in the CHSL Prep Bowl on October 21st at Ford Field. So..until next week after this historic win, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: In a game of weird concidences, the last time DLS beat CC, it was in 1994 on Homecoming for DLS; This year, DLS beat CC at the Boys Bowl...DLS is now 1-1 all-time in the Boys Bowl...senior Jimmy Berezik led the rushing attack with 110 yards on 22 carries...DLS rushed for 217 yards as a team...DLS sacked CC passers 3 times on the day led by sacks from senior Sam Lentine and Alex Hillman...Leading tackler for the game was senior linebacker Anthony Sabatella with 12 tackles...This was the largest margin of victory versus CC since 1970 when the Pilots beat the Shamrocks 22-8...The DLS freshman football team defeated CC for the first time since 1995 on Saturday 38-20, putting the frosh at 5-0...The DLS JV Football team also defeated CC 37-12 marking its first win over CC since 1994...The program "sweep" of CC is the first for the football program since 1986...DLS is 7-5 all time against Divine Child, with the last win coming in 2003 with a 34-9 thrashing of the Falcons.