The Cincinnati LaSalle-Columbus DeSales match up experienced two game delays totaling 30 minutes due to stadium light power outages. But the Stallions had no problem lighting up the scoreboard downing LaSalle 35-20 at Marge Schott Field at Lancer Stadium on senior night Friday.
Matt Natali was on hand and has the details.
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati LaSalle-Columbus DeSales match up experienced two game delays totaling 30 minutes due to stadium light power outages.
But the Stallions had no problem lighting up the scoreboard downing LaSalle 35-20 at Marge Schott Field at Lancer Stadium spoiling senior night Friday and dimming LaSalle's playoff hopes.
The DeSales triple-option offense was firing on all cylinders with a whopping 412 rushing yards led by senior RB Ryan Clark with 116 yards on 17 carries and a TD and senior RB Jeff Walsh with 112 yards on 10 carries including a 66-yard TD run.
“We executed and talked about moving the chains to keep their offense off the field,” said DeSales head coach Ryan Wiggins. “We were able to do that and busted a few big (plays) here and there so I was proud of the way our guys played.
“LaSalle, athletically, is as good as anyone we have played. They have some good players but we were able to hold them in check just enough and we were able to keep the ball out of their hands.”
Stallions QB Thomas Gentile tallied 87 yards on 13 carries including a 51-yard TD run and was 1-of-4 passing with a 54-yard TD pass to WR Kenny Stafford at the end of the first quarter to strike first in the game.
The Mark Sherman point after failed but DeSales scored again on its next possession following a LaSalle punt with a 14-play, 72-yard scoring drive that chewed 7:13 off the clock and was capped off by a Clark 1-yard run to pay dirt.
LaSalle answered on its next possession starting on the DeSales 44 after a 54-yard Kendall Owens kick return. The senior RB marched in from eight yards out five plays later and the Aaron Walter point after narrowed the DeSales lead to 13-7 heading into halftime.
DeSales didn’t skip a beat coming out of the break scoring on a 57-yard Adam Griffin TD run on the opening possession of the half. Gentile took the carry on the play but was quickly met by the LaSalle defense before pitching it to Griffin who was off to the races.
Gentile then connected with Clark on the 2-point conversion to put the Stallions up 28-7.
Both offenses went back-and-forth until the last 5:12 of the game with four touchdowns going on the board in the waning minutes.
With sophomore QB Mitch Tratta under center for LaSalle following the departure of senior Brendan Jones with an apparent concussion, the youngster connected with WR DeVier Posey for a 12-yard TD strike polishing off a 6-play, 66-yard scoring drive.
LaSalle trailed 28-14 following the Walter point after.
On DeSales’ ensuing possession, Gentile took the snap 51 yards to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage to put the Stallions up 35-14 deflating LaSalle’s late-game, comeback bid.
Owens added a TD with 1:26 left on a 2-yard run following a DeSales turnover deep in their own territory but it was too little, too late for the Lancers falling by the final 35-20 after the missed point dropping their fourth straight game.
“We practiced against (the triple-option) offense and when we used to play Colerain we would see it but they are really good at it,” LaSalle head coach Tom Grippa said. “They are just really good at it and they did a better job blocking and tackling.”
Owens collected 52 yards on 15 carries and the two touchdowns for the Lancers. He also had 152 return yards including the 54-yarder in the second quarter and 70-yard return in the third quarter.
Posey reeled in four catches for 53 yards and the TD in the final frame. WR Eric Watson had 51 yards on four catches and Matt Green had four receptions for 47 yards.
Jones was 11-of-19 passing for 126 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter. Tratta was 2-of-10 for 23 yards and the TD to Posey.
DeSales had 466 yards of offense to LaSalle’s 223, respectively.
DeSales (9-0) fell to LaSalle 30-9 last year in Columbus. With the LaSalle (4-5) loss Friday, the all-time series between the schools now stands tied 2-2.