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After much waiting and anticipating, the 2006 De La Salle Football schedule is finally out. The 2006 season starts Friday, August 25th with a home game for the 4th straight year against the Doughboys of Detroit Pershing. The next week, Thursday, August 31st, De La Salle travels to Flint to play a new opponent: Flint Carmen-Ainsworth, the first time DLS has played a team from the Big Nine Conference. Week 3, Friday, September 8th, sees a team from across the border in La Salle (Ont.) Sandwich taking on the Pilots for the third straight year. The next week, Friday, September 15th, will find De La Salle playing its first league game, this one against U of D Jesuit at FORD FIELD. The following week, Sunday, September 24th, we see the Pilots travel to Novi to take on Catholic Central in the 62nd Annual Boys Bowl contest. Week 6 has the Pilots traveling to Crestwood High School to take on Divine Child on Saturday, September 30th. The Pilots come back home in Week 7 when they take on Brother Rice on Friday, October 6th for Homecoming/Hall of Fame Weekend. The league season ends the following week when the Eaglets of St. Mary's take on the Pilots on Friday, October 13th at the Warren Community Center. The Week 9 game will see the Pilots either with crossover game Friday, October 20th OR at Ford Field for a Prep Bowl game on Saturday, October 21st. Note: All De La Salle home games this year will be at the Warren Community Center (Old Warren High) between 13 and 14 Mile Road, between Mound and Ryan Road and all home games will start at 7:00 pm. 2006 De La Salle Football Schedule August 25th: Detroit Pershing @ Home, 7:00 PM August 31st: @ Flint Carmen-Ainsworth, 7:00 PM September 8th: La Salle (Ont.) Sandwich @ Home, 7:00 PM September 15th: U of D Jesuit @ FORD FIELD, 7:00 PM September 24th: @ Catholic Central, 1:00 PM (BOYS BOWL) September 30th: Divine Child @ Crestwood High School, 1:30 PM October 6th: Brother Rice @ Home, 7:00 PM (HOMECOMING/HALL OF FAME WEEKEND) October 13th: St. Mary's @ Home, 7:00 PM October 21st: PREP BOWL @ Ford Field
Shubnell succeeds WARREN -- Kevin Shubnell is an excellent example of an athlete who wouldn't allow a severe injury to finish his career before it got started. Shubnell was a junior quarterback last season for Warren DeLaSalle. He was a backup until Jon Kowalski, the starter, suffered a season-ending injury Oct. 2 against Harper Woods Notre Dame. Shubnell finished that game and started the next week against Orchard Lake St. Mary's. In the third quarter, he suffered a broken left leg. Coach Ross MacDonald said it was ugly and that many on his staff looked away. Shubnell would miss the rest of the football season and the baseball season as well. He wore a cast for three months, but that didn't stop him from working in the weight room. With diligence, he got into shape and ready for his senior year. Although he walks with a noticeable limp, Shubnell has started every game this season and the Pilots are 3-2 with hopes of making the state playoffs. He has completed 57 of 98 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns. On Friday, Shubnell and his teammates will go against one of the state's top teams, one familiar to him -- Orchard Lake St. Mary's. Big Weekend of Football: U-D High's trip to playoffs celebrates school's rebirth: Cubs taste championship and school 'is going nuts' Detroit News, The (MI) November 19, 1999 Author: John Niyo The Detroit News Estimated printed pages: 6 DETROIT -- The alumni celebration lasted well into Saturday night -- into Sunday morning, actually -- down on Seven Mile at Tom's Tavern, a rickety, old watering hole where history finds a comfortable home. Fitting, of course, because the reason for this celebration -- another playoff win for University of Detroit Jesuit's high school football team -- is as much about the past as the present. Fitting, too, because this old place -- Tom's first opened its doors in 1928, and has battled to keep them open ever since -- is a survivor, much like the Jesuit school a few blocks down the street. A sign out in front of U-D Jesuit High School and Academy explains where it's headed. "Reclaiming Our Future" it reads, proudly touting a $25-million fund-raising campaign. But that doesn't even begin to explain where the school has been, less than two decades removed from near extinction. Nor does it explain the excitement surrounding the football team, which, as Coach Scott Merchant quietly figured out with a little research last week, had produced exactly two winning seasons the past 24 years. And yet, here the Cubs are, one game away from a berth in the Division 2 state championship game next week. Catholic League rival Birmingham Brother Rice is the final obstacle at 1 p.m. Saturday. "The school," Merchant says, suppressing a smile, "is going nuts." Most of the 5,000-plus fans in Ferndale to watch U-D Jesuit's 28-21 win over Farmington last weekend didn't bother hiding their glee. The parents screamed, the student section chanted "We want Rice!" and the alumni, well, the alumni didn't quite know what to do with themselves. Freddie Hunter, Class of '87 and a former captain of the University of Michigan basketball team, danced wildly on the bleacher steps as if he were a teen-ager again. On the field, the players belted out the fight song once more: "Here's to U of D High School, we're full of fight!" Then the public address announcer relayed the final statistics, including tailback Robert Perkins' mind-boggling 310-yard rushing total. And the stadium, the Cubs included, erupted once more. "When I first came here, I didn't feel that we were going to have a winning program at all," senior quarterback Ashantti Watson says. "We didn't have a winning tradition, we didn't have any kind of tradition at all." Funny what a magical season like this one -- the Cubs boast a 10-2 record -- can do for a school where academics has always been king. The school is holding a pep rally today. The U-D alums have organized a pregame party at the Holbrook Cafe in Hamtramck on Saturday. The players are trying their best to concentrate on football. "These kids have taken a lot of abuse over the years over how bad they've been," Merchant says. "People saying, you know, 'Why do you want to go there?' So I think there's a little vindication as far as that goes." This is about football, Merchant admits, "but there's some other things going on, too." Standards upheld And some of them, quite honestly, have nothing to do with football. For instance, there is the fact that U-D Jesuit is the city's lone all-boy Catholic school holdover from the 1960s -- from before the 1967 riots ripped apart Detroit and sent families fleeing to the suburbs. High school enrollment at U-D Jesuit topped 1,000 students in 1967, then steadily declined over the next 15 years to a low of 409 in 1983. The school added a middle school academy in 1973 to boost its numbers, but refused two other options -- relaxing academic standards and moving from the city, though there certainly was pressure to do both. "(The Jesuits) just thought moving out of the city would be kind of a 'white flight' move," says Fr. Timothy Shannon, who took over as the school'spresident in 1992 and has spearheaded the successful fund-raising efforts since. "The Jesuits said 'We're not going to move.' We took an awful lot of flack. And, frankly, we lost probably a generation of alumni." What they kept, however, was an identity. Academics are still the priority the school has had students with both perfect SAT and ACT test scores in recent years. And the student body, reflecting its urban promise, remains 27 percent African-American. "There used to be a dozen all-boy Catholic schools in the city," Shannon, 47, says of an era gone by, "and then we were the only remaining one. Every other one either closed or moved out of the city." Coach to rescue And now they're the only one remaining in this year's football playoffs. In fact, U-D Jesuit is the only city school -- public or private -- left in the postseason, with Detroit Martin Luther King eliminated last week. Some of that is thanks to the burgeoning enrollment numbers. This year's freshman class of 226 students is more than twice the size of incoming classes a decade ago. But mostly it's a product of Merchant's work -- a Brother Rice grad, no less -- who left his job as an assistant under Pete Schmidt at Albion College two years ago to coach the lowly Cubs. "All I knew was from when I was at Brother Rice, that they weren't very good," says Merchant, who will coach against his mentor, longtime Brother Rice Coach Al Fracassa, on Saturday, a first for both. "I heard a lot of horror stories. About how bad the players were (at U-D), that kids wouldn't work hard, that it was an academic school and that's all they cared about." But he took the administration's word, and trusted new athletic director Brian Miller, a former assistant basketball coach at Eastern Michigan. Miller sifted through 50 applicants looking for a young, energetic coach "that would fit the U-D mold" but who understood what it took to win. "I think Scott could tell we were serious," says Miller, who coaches the basketball team. Says Merchant: "They seemed like good people that genuinely wanted to do some things to turn it around." Improvement plan Quickly, they have. Merchant scrapped both the old habits and the old offense, diversifying the U-D attack to better utilize some of the team's athleticism. He switched Watson from receiver to quarterback, found a dynamo in Perkins out of the backfield, and stressed the work ethic he learned from Fracassa. "Did I think we could do this? Yeah," says Merchant, who played linebacker on a Division III national championship team at Albion in 1994. "Did I think it would happen in two years? I don't know. Before the season, we thought we had a chance to be pretty good. But this good? "It wasn't out of the realm of possibility," said Merchant, whose team turned the corner with a victory over Warren DeLaSalle, a team that routed the Cubs, 48-7, a year ago. This season, after fumbling two of its first three offensive plays and falling behind 14-0 at halftime, U-D Jesuit rallied for its first win over Warren DeLaSalle since 1989. The Cubs scored on their first three drives of the second half and never looked back. "I don't know about the coaches," Merchant says, "but I think the players realized then, 'Hey, we're pretty good.'" Never mind that The Detroit News never ranked the Cubs higher than seventh in the city: "We've kind of been underdogs all along," says Merchant, who relishes that role, for now. Says Perkins: "We always thought that we were one of the best teams, if not the best team, in the city. And now that we're the only one left in the playoffs, no one can argue." Leave a message for John Niyo at (313) 223-4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org About the school * Name: University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy * Address: 8400 S. Cambridge, Detroit * Founded: 1877 * President: Fr. Timothy T. Shannon * Enrollment: 756 * Tuition: $5,350 * Famous graduates: Elmore "Dutch" Leonard, novelist Chuck and Joe Muer, restaurateurs Michael Moriarty, actor Ron Rice, starting safety, Detroit Lions L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive journalists Michael Parks and David Culhane and former Michigan Supreme Court justices Michael Cavanaugh, Thomas G. Kavanagh and James Brickley. Scores online Football scores are updated as they happen on Detroit News Online's scoreboard, along with game reports, scoring summaries, statistics and standings. Go to http://detnews.com/ and click on Scoreboards. Caption: Photo 1: U-D Jesuit High quarterback Ashantti Watson practices for Saturday's game against rival Birmingham Brother Rice. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News Photo 2: Coach Scott Merchant, right, tossed out U-D Jesuit's old habits and the old offense to take the squad to the semifinals. "Did I think we could do this? Yeah," Merchant said. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News Photo 3: Tailback Robert Perkins totaled 310 yards rushing against Farmington in the Cubs' 28-21 victory last Saturday. Daniel Mears/ The Detroit News Edition: Final Section: Front Page: 1A Dateline: DETROIT Copyright (c) The Detroit News. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Co., Inc. by NewsBank, inc. Record Number: det2797466
It's never easy playing two football games within 6 days, but to go 0-2 in those two games makes it even worse. This is the predicament De La Salle found themselves in as the Pilots lost to U of D Jesuit 35-28 on Sunday, September 18th and were manhandled by Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Saturday, September 24th 30-0 at West Bloomfield High School. The Pilots are now 3-2 on the year. Against U of D, the Pilots scored first, when Dan Lomasney scored from 3 yards out to complete a 4 play, 12 yard drive, after De La Salle recovered a U of D fumble at the UD 12 yard line. But the Cubs raced right back, scoring 21 unanswered points, taking a 21-7 lead on De La Salle midway through the second quarter, but the Pilots were not to be denied in the first half as they put the screws on the Cub offensive attack and scored twice within the last 5 minutes of the second quarter, first on a one yard run by Cecil St. Pierre and a 2 yard run by senior Dan Lomasney. But in the third quarter, U of D took control of the game, scoring twice and putting themselves out front by 14 at 35-21. De La Salle cut the lead to 35-28 with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter on an 8 yard run by Dan Lomasney, but the Pilot defense was unable to get another stop and De La Salle suffered its first defeat of the season. On Saturday, De La Salle took on one of the CHSL Central Division favorites in Orchard Lake St. Mary's and thoughts of an upset floated throughout the minds of the players and coaches, but those thoughts were soon dashed as OLSM scored on the second play of the game and scored 20 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 30-0 over the Pilots, the first time De La Salle has been shutout since Week 5 of 2004 when Brother Rice shut out the Pilots 17-0. So now the Pilots are 3-2 and Divine Child comes to the Warren Community Center as De La Salle celebrates Homecoming this week. The game will take place on Friday, September 30th at 7:00 PM. Hopefully the Pilots can go back to their winning ways and get back on track to a possible playoff and Prep Bowl berth. So until Friday, as always, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!
Please keep in mind these two location changes for upcoming De La Salle Football games: * The September 24th De La Salle vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's game will take place at West Bloomfield High School which is located on 4925 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield. A map can be found under "Locations" on the left side of the website. * The October 8th De La Salle vs. Brother Rice game will take place at Southfield High School, instead of Southfield Lathrup. Game time will still be 4 PM. Again, a map to Southfield High School can be found under "Locations" on the left side of the website. Please keep this in mind as the Pilots take on both of these teams.
De La Salle kept it going Friday night, beating Windsor Sandwich 36-0. The win puts De La Salle at 3-0 on the year, marking the 3rd time in 4 years that the Pilots have started off 3-0. The scoring started midway through the first quarter when senior running back Dan Lomasney scored on a one yard plunge. After the 2-point conversion run by Lomasney, the Pilots found themselves up 8-0 on Sandwich. De La Salle quickly scored again as junior Jimmy Berezik returned a punt 75 yards for the touchdown, and after the 2-point conversion, De La Salle was now up 16-0. On the ensuing kickoff, senior Jared Buzo forced a fumble and returned the fumble to the Sandwich 10 yard line. Two plays later, Lomasney barreled into the endzone, putting the Pilots up 22-0 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, it was more of the same, as the Pilots scored 14 more points, on a 15 yard touchdown pass to junior Don Fowler from Cecil St. Pierre, a 9 yard run by Lomasney, and a 2-point conversion pass to Emmanuel Johnson. From there, the Pilots coasted to the 36-0 victory. This week, the true battle begins as league play starts for De La Salle, starting with U of D Jesuit on Sunday, September 18th at 6:00 PM at FORD FIELD. Tickets for the game cost $7 and are good for all three CHSL games taking place at Ford Field that day. Tickets can be purchased at the De La Salle athletic office. So until Sunday, good luck and GO PILOTS!!! News and Notes: De La Salle finds itself rated 9th in the state in the Detroit News and 9th in Division 2 by the Detroit Free Press and the Associated Press poll...Dan Lomasney rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns...Jim Berezik's punt return for a touchdown is the first one for De La Salle in at least 10 years...Cecil St. Pierre was 4 of 7 for 46 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 2-point conversion pass to Emmanuel Johnson...The De La Salle-U of D Jesuit game is the night cap of the Catholic League Classic taking place at Ford Field; The other two games taking place that day are Brother Rice and Catholic Central at 1:00 PM and Orchard Lake St. Mary's versus Divine Child at 3:30 PM.