October 12th, 2019

DeSales Defeats Rival CAL in 2 Overtimes


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Defeats Rival CAL in 2 Overtimes
Colts held on for a 35-28 win over the Centurions in two overtimes/ photo by Ed Peak

Plain and simple. DeSales made one more play than rival host Christian Academy on a cold rainy Friday night. In a game of big plays. Weird plays, twist and turns. Ups and downs. The Colts held on for a 35-28 win over the Centurions in two overtimes.

"It was a great experience," said senior Demarcus Avery who caught the winning touchdown. "We always get a run. It's like basketball. Sometime you've got to keep your composure and come back with a win."


Avery and his Colts teammates were fortunate. DeSales (5-2, 2-0) blasted to a three touchdown lead early in the second quarter only to watch CAL tie the game 21-21 with 8:44 left. Brandt Babin's 56 yard touchdown run up the middle and Dylan Cornett's extra point kick tied the game.


DeSales drove 80 yards in nine plays with Demetri Scott catching an 11 yard touchdown pass from Jayden Scroggins and Blake Givens kick gave the Colts a 28-21 lead with 4:09 in the fourth quarter.


"I feel like we didn't play as we could have played or as we've been playing," said Scott. "But we made it."


Christian Academy (4-4, 1-2) ranked eighth in Class 3-A by the Associated Press lost for the fourth time in five games. The Centurions regrouped and drove 66 yards in eight plays.


One of the wildest plays this series has ever seen unfolded this way. Quarterback Anthony Sabatino handed off. The second handoff went to Luke Leeper who threw a 28 yard touchdown pass to Will Parr who made the catch in the right corner of the end zone over a smaller defender with 1:27 in the fourth quarter.  


"We were in position to make the play," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "He's just got to be a little tougher, a little stronger. When your short you've got to play the ball. You're not going to out jump anyone. We work on it everyday."


Things got crazier in overtime. CAL got the ball first in overtime. On second down from the three Babin appeared to score but fumbled the ball out of the right side of the end zone giving the ball to the Colts on a touchback.


DeSales lost nine yards in two running plays. James Johnson who ran up and down the field all night lost seven yards. Scroggins hit Scott in the end zone but the ball was knocked away at the last instant.

Blake Givens who had a 20 yard field goal blocked in the first quarter, missed wide right from 36 yards that would have won the game. Davis said he thought about kicking the field goal earlier but the long snapper, Darren Hollenkamp left the game earlier with an injury.


In the second overtime DeSales got the ball on the 10 and on third down from the six, Scroggins connected on a slant to the left with Avery for the TD and the lead. Givens’ kick made it a seven point game.


"It was a great experience right there," said Avery. "Good catch. Good throw by Jayden."


Sabitino hit Parr on second down with a 10 yard pass in the end zone that was dropped. Sabitino threw high on third down and that set up what CAL fans felt was a controversial ending.


Sabitino rolled right and connected with Gage Geren in the right corner of the end zone for what appeared to be a touchdown. But the official facing the play ruled Geren was out of bounds. The game was over. 


"I don't feel lucky," said Avery. "We work hard for this every day in practice."


Avery was wet and soaked in the rain. He refused to use the conditions as an excuse. "It bothered us some. But you've got to play in the rain," said Avery. "It's a big district win. It's always good to beat Christian Academy."


Davis was happy with the win, but not how his went about it. "We knew we were going to get their best shot," said Davis. "I was disappointed we let them back in the game. We had some kids make some mistakes. We know what kind of team they are. What kind of kids they have over there."


DeSales ranked third by the AP rolled to the three touchdown lead. But CAL didn't fold.


"The defense was a little disappointing to me," said Davis. "When you've got to move guys around and at the end James (Johnson, hurt) wasn't playing."


Davis was happy with the winning touchdown. "It worked out. He (Avery) made a great catch," said Davis.

Another thing Davis was happy about was his team didn't panic with the game on the line. "We did step up at the end," said Davis. "We kind of had our backs to the wall when they came back when they tied the game up.


"Then in overtime I'm proud of the way they fought. Showed some grit. Some desire. I'm excited for the win but I can tell you every kid on that bus understands this isn't the way we wanted to win," said Davis.



DeSales broke a three game losing streak against CAL and leads the series 13-11. It was the Centurions third overtime game this season.


Junior James Johnson had 28 carries for 187 yards before leaving in overtime with an injury.

Scroggins was seven of 13 passing for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for a score as well. Avery had three catches for 46 yards and Scott two for 24.


"I feel a little lucky, I do, I do," said Scott. "We had a couple players go down. We just tried to finish it off for them. This is a big rivalry game we wanted to win."



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