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Officially on their "Revenge Tour - 2006", the Pilots avenged last year 35-28 loss to U of D Jesuit Friday night, defeating the Cubs 20-10 at Ford Field. De La Salle now improves to 4-0 and 1-0 in the Catholic League Central Division. The game started with De La Salle establishing their running game, while shutting down U of D's potent attack. On De La Salle's first drive, DLS drove 28 yards on just two plays, but a botched pitch ruined a promising first drive and forced DLS to play defense. The Pilots forced the Cubs to go 3 and out, getting the ball back for the rest of the first quarter, but it ended 0-0 after one quarter. In the second quarter, starts up with the ball at the UD 46 yard line, but go no where and are forced to punt. UD takes advantage of its defensive stand, going from their 10 yard line to the DLS 6 yard line in 8 plays, but Cubs were unable to sniff the endzone and settled for a 23 yard field goal to draw first blood. The PIlots responded quickly; After receiving the kickoff and starting their drive at the DLS 30 yard line, it took the Pilots only 2 plays to score as senior Jimmy Berezik scored from 66 yards out to give the Pilots the lead 6-3 after the missed extra point. After again holding U of D to only 18 yards in 6 plays, DLS got the ball with 3 minutes left in the second quarter at the DLS 38 yard line. In 9 plays, DLS drove down to the UD 28 yard line before time ran out on the first half, leaving the Pilots ahead 6-3. In the third quarter, De La Salle received the ball first and took advantage of the possession, going 68 yards on 4 plays, capped off by a Chad O'Shell 16 yard run to put DLS ahead 13-3. After again holding U of D to a 3 and out on their next possession, the Pilots got the ball back at their own 46 yard line. On the first play, Jimmy Berezik took the hand off and raced 54 yards to the U of D endzone, putting DLS on top now 20-3. U of D did come back, going 80 yards on 8 plays, highlighted by 4 pass plays that went a combined 73 yards. The drive was capped off by a 3 yard run by U of D quarterback Robert Gardner, cutting the DLS lead to 20-10. But it was the closest U of D got, as DLS played ball-control football for the rest of the game and held U of D to just 39 yards the rest of the game, highlighted by interceptions by senior Don Fowler and sophomore Jimmy Martinez and giving DLS its first 4-0 start since 2003. Now the Pilots take on Catholic Central on Sunday, September 24th at 1:00 PM at Catholic Central High School in the 62nd Annual Boys Bowl - Catholic Central's homecoming game. A map to CC can be found under "Locations" on the left side of the website. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: With the win, DLS starts off 4-0 for the third time since 1994...This week's rushing effort comes in at 321 combined yards, good enough for 2nd all-time in school history...Jimmy Berezik's 236 yard effort was the most yards gained by a DLS running back since Troy Doane gained a school record 298 yards against Ortonville Brandon in 2003...In the pass catching department, Don Fowler led the receving corps with 2 catches for 19 yards...DLS is now 28-13-2 all time versus U of D Jesuit...the combined effort of Jimmy Berezik and Chad O'Shell for 282 yards places it behind other notable dual efforts as as Allen Jefferson and Eric Ford rushing for a total of 314 yards against Brother Rice in 1985...Next week will be the second time DLS has been Catholic Central's opponent for its Boys Bowl game - the first was in 1999 when CC beat DLS 17-13.
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Pilots Beat Sandwich In A Sloppy Game

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Sep 8, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
In a game filled with penalties and turnovers for both teams, De La Salle found a way to get it done again Friday night, this time 35-7 over Windsor Sandwich. DLS is now 3-0 on the year. DLS started the game kicking off to Sandwich and after forcing the Sabres to go three and out, DLS started their first drive on the Sandwich 44 yard line. It only took the Pilots four plays to score as senior quarterback Brian Lewis found junior WR David Blackburn for the 30 yard touchdown to put the Pilots on top early 6-0. But that was all the scoring the Pilots would do in the first quarter as penalties and mistakes thwarted two other DLS first quarter drives. In the second quarter, DLS got two gift points when the Sandwich punter took a knee in the endzone for a safety, putting the Pilots up 8-0. Again, missed opportunities and mistakes were on the forefront in the second quarter as two teams combined for five penalties, two fumbles, a missed field goal, and a blocked punt. DLS did score again before the end of the first half as the team went into its two-minute offense and completed a 9 play, 54 yard drive with a touchdown pass to Shane Torzy with 12 seconds left in the first half and to give the Pilots a 15-0 lead. De La Salle got the ball first in the third quarter and made good use of their first second half drive, going 80 yards in 5 plays, culminated in Shane Torzy's 44 yard run to put the Pilots up 21-0. Sandwich though did make it interesting as Nathan Riva returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-7, but that was all the Sabres could muster in terms of points. After forcing DLS to punt, Sandwich got the ball back at their own 7 yard line, but on the second play of their drive, sophomore Jimmy Martinez intercepted a deflected ball and returned it 30 yards for the touchdown, giving DLS a 28-7 lead. The final points were added in the fourth quarter when junior Chad O'Shell took the pitch from quarterback Brian Lewis and raced 77 yards to the endzone, ending the scoring and giving the Pilots the final margin of victory. DLS is now 3-0 on the year and will take on U of D Jesuit on Friday, September 15th at Ford Field at 7:00 PM. Be sure to get down to Ford Field early since there will be a Tigers game taking place that night and traffic will be rather heavy going into both venues. Tickets for the game can be purchased at the De La Salle Athletic Office for $7 or at Ford Field for $8. This is the second game of a doubleheader, with the first game being Allen Park Cabrini vs. Riverview Gabriel Richard. A ticket to the DLS game is also valid for entry into the Cabrini/RGR game as well. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: Despite the turnovers and penalties, DLS set a season high in terms of total offense with 429 yards, 351 on the ground and 78 in the air...Shane Torzy is the first DLS football player in at least 8 years to score on the ground and in the air...senior fullback Jim Berezik again led the charge with 29 carries and 192 yards on the ground...QB Brian Lewis was 6 for 11 and 78 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT...On the receiving end, junior David Blackburn led the receiving corps with 2 catches for 43 yards and one touchdown catch...Jimmy Martinez's interception return for a touchdown was the first one for DLS since John Novak returned an interception 44 yards against Divine Child in 2003...DLS lost to U of D in 2005 35-28 in the Kickoff Classic...the all-time series between DLS and U of D is 27-13-2, in favor of DLS.
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Pilots Throttle Flint Carman-Ainsworth 37-7

Posted by Atif Lodhi at Aug 31, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
In a game anticipated to be a battle to the finish, the De La Salle Pilots scored early and often and came away with 37-7 win over Flint Carman-Ainsworth in Flint. The win puts DLS at 2-0 for the year. The Pilots started the scoring early in the first quarter when senior fullback Jimmy Berezik raced in from 8 yard out. The drive was highlighted by junior slotback Chad O'Shell's 29 yard run down to the FCA 8 yard line. After missing a 38 yard field goal on their second drive of the game, the Pilots came back and capped off a 6 play, 36 yard drive with a Chad O'Shell 6 yard touchdown run to complete the first quarter scoring at 13-0 in favor of the Pilots. The second quarter was more of the same as De La Salle held FCA's offense in check, then proceded to go on a 9 play, 69 yard drive which ended in Chad O'Shell taking it to the house again, scoring from 21 yards out and to give the Pilots a 21-0 lead. Later in the second quarter, the Pilots finished a 7 play, 56 yard drive when senior quarterback Brian Lewis connected with senior wideout Don Fowler from 36 yard out to put De La Salle 28-0. But DLS wasn't finished yet - after sophomore defensive back Johnny Martinez intercepted a FCA pass and brought it back to the FCA 27 yard line, the Pilots went down to the FCA 18 yard line before senior Shane Torzy kicked a 35 yard field goal to put the Pilots up 31-0 with over a minute to go in the first half. FCA did drive down to the DLS 7 yard line, but was stopped as the halftime buzzer sounded to leave the score 31-0, DLS at half. In the second half, FCA kicked off to the Pilots and senior Jimmy Berezik made the Cavaliers pay, taking the kickoff 78 yards for the touchdown, making the score 37-0 and effectively ending the game. FCA's only score came with 6 second left in the game, but as Dick Vitale would say, "It's all academic, baby!" Next week, DLS plays Windsor Sandwich at the Warren Community Center on Friday, September 8th. Game time, as always at home, is 7:00 PM. So until next week, good luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: For the second straight season and the 4th time in 5 seasons, the Pilots start off the season 3-0...senior fullback Jimmy Berezik was the leading rusher with 17 carries and 91 yards, with one touchdown on the ground...Berezik's kickoff return for a touchdown was the first one for DLS in the 2006 season and the first one since Berezik did it against Windsor Sandwich in 2005...Chad O'Shell rushed five times and gained 76 yards, along with his two touchdowns...De La Salle had 236 yards of total offense in the first half...Shane Torzy intercepted another pass tonight, making it two for this season, to go along with his one field goal and three touchbacks on kickoffs...This is the third straight season De La Salle will play Windsor Sandwich...The combined score of the first two DLS/Sandwich games have been 84-6 in De La Salle's favor.
It was the start of another De La Salle football season, the 79th edition, this past Friday night at the Warren Community Center against Detroit Pershing and the Pilots kicked off the season in style with a 35-8 pasting of the Doughboys. De La Salle started the scoring early and often in the first half, scoring on each of their four drives in the first half, with senior fullback Jimmy Berezik leading the charge on three of those touchdown drives, with runs of 9, 1, and 4 yards respectively. De La Salle's other touchdown of the first half came on a one yard sneak by senior quarterback Brian Lewis. De La Salle did have a chance to increase their lead at the end of the half, but Shane Torzy's 34 yard field goal attempt came up short and wide. In the second half, the De La Salle offense picked up where it left off in the first half, scoring on their first possession of the second half when QB Brian Lewis found fullback Anthony Sabatella on 3rd and goal for an 8 yard touchdown pass and give the Pilots a comfortable 35-0 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Pershing finally got on the board midway through the 4th quarter when Pershing backup quarterback Melvin Taylor connected with Charles Brooks for a 68 yard touchdown pass, but it was too little, too late for the Doughboys as the Pilots defeated Pershing for the 3rd time in 4 years. De La Salle now goes on to play at Flint Carman-Ainsworth on Thursday, August 31st at 7:00 PM. Direction to Flint Carman-Ainsworth can be found under "Locations." Carman-Ainsworth is coming off a tough loss to Saline this weekend 31-21, so they will be hungry for a win in Week 2. So until next week...GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: The 35 points by De La Salle against Pershing were the most by a DLS team in the first game of the season since 2002 when DLS beat Alpena 41-20...The 27 point margin of victory is the largest for DLS in an opening game since DLS beat Detroit King in 1998 27-0...fullback Jimmy Berezik led the team in rushing, gaining 73 yards on 15 carries with his three TDs...Brian Lewis' 1 yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his first ever touchdown scored on the varsity level...Shane Torzy handled the kicking duties and was a perfect 5 for 5 on his extra point attempts and placed all five of his kickoffs in the endzone...Torzy also intercepted a pass on defense...The all-time series between DLS and Pershing stands at 3-1 in De La Salle's favor...Next week's meeting with Flint Carman-Ainsworth will be the first ever meeting between the two schools and DLS' first ever meeting with a Big 9 school...In sub-varsity action, the DLS Frosh team beat White Lake Lakeland 42-14, while the DLS JV team lost to Monroe High School 17-14...Both sub-varsity teams will take on Flint Carman-Ainsworth on Wednesday, August 30th at the Warren Community Center - Please take note of the venue change...The Frosh game will start at 4:00 PM, while the JV game will start at 6:00 PM...
From the time De La Salle Collegiate was established in 1926, the story of De La Salle and St. Joe's has been continually entwined. After all, it was a group of St. Joe's alumni, led by Anthony Bodde, St. Joe's Class of 1892, who led the drive in 1923 to build a school which was owned and operated by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the religious order who staffed St. Joe’s, thus establishing De La Salle Collegiate High School. St. Joe’s was established in 1871, much in the mold of what De La Salle is today with the motto "Builders of Boys, Makers of Men." The all-male school was run by the Archdiocese of Detroit through St. Joseph's church, located on the corner of Jay and Orleans near present day Eastern Market. It soon garnered a highly regarded reputation of excellence in both education and athletics and known throughout the area as the "Home of the Blue Jays."

With the establishment of the De La Salle varsity football team in 1928, a heated rivalry between two schools emerged due to the schools being staffed by the Christian Brothers and naturally this led to many great battles on the gridiron. From 1928 to 1962, these two schools played each other every year, battling it out in “the Oil Can Game” for bragging rights and the possession over the "Oil Can", an actual oil can painted blue and white on one side (for St. Joe's) and purple and gold on the other (for De La Salle). The oil can was donated in the 1930s as a symbol of the rivalry and is presently located at De La Salle.

But as the population shifted north and east, especially after World War II, the enrollment at St. Joe's began to fall and by the 1960s, St. Joe's was a shell of its former self in terms of student population. In 1962, St. Joe's played its last game in the Catholic League Central Division and against De La Salle in football before dropping down to the Central-West for its last year in 1963. By March, 1964, St. Joe's was slated to close, thus ending a 93 year legacy of education in Detroit. Even though St. Joe's closed in the spring of 1964 and many St. Joe's students transferred over to De La Salle in the fall of 1964, the spirit of the Blue Jays lives on today in the minds of the people who attended the school and in the hallways of De La Salle for it were not for St. Joe’s, there would be no De La Salle today.

More information regarding this rivalry will be provided soon - De La Salle led the overall rivalry 25-7-3.imageimage