October 6th, 2018

DeSales struggles against CAL

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

DeSales struggles against CAL
DeSales and Christian Academy prepare for a snap / photo by Conor Revell


The battle for the Brothers In Faith trophy didn’t live up to its billing.

Christian Academy’s football team invaded Kenwood and dominated DeSales in all phases of the game cruising to a 21-3 victory Friday night and virtually securing the No. 1-seed in the district.

“We made mistakes on both sides of the ball,” DeSales head coach Harold Davis said. “We had them pinned down deep in their own territory but they scored. Offensively we made mistakes. It cost us both halves. I felt like we played with them. We made mistakes at certain times in the game. I don’t think we played terribly bad.”

The victorious Centurions (7-0) relied on Brandt Babbins who rushed 29 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

“It’s tough in there man, our offensive line fought like crazy,” CAL head coach Stephan Lefors said. “That’s a great front-line DeSales has. They put linebackers in there and they’re tough to handle. It wasn’t easy by any means. It was like bangign a head against the wall. We knew coming in that we couldn’t be one dimensional and throw it every time. We had to maintain that balance.”

Quarterback Tony Sabantino was 13 of 24 passing for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Star receiver Milton Wright was held to only six receptions for 31 yards while Nathan Clark hauled in four passes for 34 yards Luke Paulson had two catches for 19 yards and a score.

“We talked about Babin,” Davis said. “We had some mistakes there. We had talked about all week how they have kids other than Milton. We knew Babin was good. He’s a hard runn and does not go down on the first hit. We have faced those types of guys before, we have to rally, and not give in a little bit like we did tonight.”

Aaron Pfaadt quarterbacked the Colts (6-1) offense and was 10 of 20 for 153 yards and one touchdown and rushed 11 times for 39 yards.

Savion Stivers led the rushing attack with two carries for 32 yards, Carlos Ordway rushed for 26 yards, and Darren Hollenkamp rushed three times for 12 yards.

Antoine Johnson, DeSales’ leading rusher, missed practice most of the week, and only had two attempts for seven yards.

Demetri Scott was the Colts leading receiver with three catches for 45 yards, Jayden Scroggens hauled in two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown, and Hollenkamp had two recpetions for 30 yards.

Sabino connected with Paulson for a 9-yard touchdown to put the Centurions up 7-0 with 6:37 remaining in the opening quarter.

“We made a lot of penalties in the first-half,” Lefors said. “In it was too much, you can’t do that against a good team. We knew that it was going to take our best shot to win. We did enough to win. A good team will make you pay for those penalties.”

The Colts got first three points when Blake Givens booted a 23-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 59 seconds to go in the opening quarter.

Babin had a 19-yard run and then a 1-yard touchdown carry that made it 14-3 with 20 seconds left in the first-half.

Sabatino then connected with Leeper for a 58-yard gain, two plays Babin sprinted 14 yards into the end zone to make it 21-3 with 1:16 to play in the third quarter.

DeSales had a chance to get into the end zone in the second-quarter trailing 7-3, but Aaron Pfaadt fumbled on a third-and-goal and CAL recovered it at their own 14-yard line.

“That definitley changed the game,” Davis said. “At halftime it was 14-3 and we had it in the red zone a few times by then. We let them go 88 yards in 16 plays. You can’t do. Defensively, you have to stop them and make a play.”

That might have changed the game.

“I don’t know what we did to stop them,” Lefors said. “My guys play hard. I said all week that our defense had to be disciplined because we knew their quarterback can run. He was able to get some runs, but most of the game we were disciplined. Our defense flew around for the most part and didn’t make life easy for him.”

Pffadt did throw a 33-yard touchdown pass Jayden Scroggens with 1:11 left for the Colts lone touchdown.

The two rivals will likley meet again next month when they clash for the regional crown, except the Centurions will be home, a reward for winning this battle.

“Our schedule is very difficult,” Davis said. “We are playing teams, whether they’re Class 6-A or not, they have athletes. They’re very well coached teams. Tonight we have to correct those mistakes. There’s no excuse to why we’re making mistakses, but I want my guys to be proud of the 6-1 record and the schedule. This will be hard to get over, but they need to come back Monday, and get ready for the next game.”

That game will be next Friday when they host Washington County at 7:30 p.m.  


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