October 29th, 2010

DeSales Topples Class 6A Southern 17-7

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

DeSales Topples Class 6A Southern 17-7
photo by Brad Knoop

Lucas, LaFever lead Colts to fourth straight win

DeSales senior Garrett Leicht tried to put a smile on his face Friday night, but it wasn’t easy.  The Colts’ running back sat out for the second straight week, still recovering from a knee injury.  He hopes to be ready for the first round of the Class 2-A Playoffs, but a return is more likely in round two.

The Colts finished the regular season in a home game against 6-A Southern (2-7) at Manual Stadium.  After a scoreless first quarter, DeSales fell behind 7-0 when Southern quarterback Michael Case ran to the left side for a six yard touchdown.

The DeSales defense made a number of fine stops after that when the Colts needed them.  Senior Jack Crowdis broke up what would have been a huge completion and first down for the Trojans midway through the second quarter.  The Colts forced a Southern punt and let its offense come to life.  On a series that would even give Leicht something to smile about, junior quarterback Jared Nauert led the charge with a 30-yard completion to junior Matt Chea.  A combination of runs between senior Jeremy Lucas and junior Cory LaFever had the Colts on the move.  Lucas then sprinted for a tough ten-yard touchdown just before the end of the first half to tie the game at 7-7.

Following another defensive stand in the third quarter, the Colts again galloped down field.  Nauert hit junior Jacob Comstock for a big gain to the Southern 20-yard line.  The two connected a few plays later for a five yard touchdown, Comstock’s first of the year.  DeSales led 14-7 with three minutes to go in the third quarter.

DeSales again shoved Southern back.  Pinning the Trojans on their own six yard line, junior Trevor Ford pressured Southern quarterback Michael Case and sacked Case for a loss.  DeSales forced another punt, setting up great field position.

The Colts next drive led to a 28-yard field goal by senior Marcos Morales, to give DeSales a little breathing room, 17-7 with four and a half minute remaining in the game.

Two big defensive plays helped seal a DeSales victory.  First, junior Delonte Hooper picked off a Case pass with three and a half minutes to go.  A change of possession gave the ball back to the Trojans.  Crowdis then made another big play, also an interception of Case.  The Colts ran the clock down and picked up a 17-7 win over Southern (2-8).

“We have eight seniors on defense and we try to make some big plays,” senior Clay Welsh said.  “We know we have to come every week now.  It doesn’t matter who the opponent is in the playoffs.”

“At halftime, I told them I love the effort.  We checked a few things, had some new guys playing on defense, but overall we did fine,” Coach Mark Sander said.  He now wants his team to focus on a playoff run.  Sander, who played collegiately at the University of Louisville for coach Howard Schnellenberger, said he has learned a few things from his college coach.  “Now you look at things you really need to get better at.  You have to plan ahead.  Not necessarily look ahead, but you have to plan ahead.  It can make a big difference.”

The Colts wrap up a tough schedule with a 6-4 record and champs of Class 2-A, District Five. They will host Lloyd Memorial (2-8) next Friday in the first round of the  playoffs.


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