Columbus DeSales expected to be tough once again

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Columbus DeSales Stallions
Columbus DeSales stormed through the 2007 regular season with a perfect
record and was the No. 1 seed in the Division II, Region 7 playoffs
last year. This year’s team will need several inexperienced linemen to
step up, but the Stallions return a lot of talent on both sides of the
ball.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

DE Davon Custis (6-5, 220, Sr.), LB Josh Kusan (6-1, 215, Sr.), OL/DL Jake Smith (6-2, 260, Sr.), QB Thomas Gentile (5-10, 185, Sr.), RB Sal Carfagna (6-0, 180, Sr.), RB Adam Griffin (5-9, 175, Jr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 12-1, Regional finalist

Columbus DeSales stormed through the 2007 regular season with a perfect record and was the No. 1 seed in the Division II, Region 7 playoffs last year. This year’s team will need several inexperienced linemen to step up, but the Stallions return a lot of talent on both sides of the ball.

Custis is one of the top defensive ends in the state and had 12 sacks last year to lead the team. He has 30 scholarship offers (as of press time) including everyone in the Big Ten except Ohio State.

Gentile returns as the starting quarterback and he had 850 rushing yards, 665 passing yards and 11 total touchdowns last year.

At linebacker, Kusan is the leading returning tackler on the team. Head coach Ryan Wiggins called him a “very athletic and versatile player.”

Smith is the only returning starter on the offensive line. “He is a very strong and very physical lineman,” Wiggins said.

Carfagna and Griffin are expected to share the load at running back for a DeSales team that always likes to pound the ball.

“We have to replace a lot of linemen on both sides,” Wiggins said. “Our goals are always to win our league first and foremost and beat our rival, Watterson. Then we want to get in the playoffs and advance as far as we can. That’s always the goal is to just give yourself a chance and see how far you can take it.

“Our schedule is even tougher than usual. We have defending (Division II) state champ Cincinnati Anderson and we have Eric Cathedral Prep out of Pennsylvania.”

DeSales must replace a pair of first-team All-Ohio selections in OL Patrick Omameh and DL Joe Whitehead.

SCHEDULE

8/22 SHAWNEE (LIMA)
8/29 @ ST JOHN'S JESUIT (TOLEDO)
9/5 NEW ALBANY
9/12 @ ANDERSON (CINCINNATI)
9/19 @ FINDLAY
9/26 ST CHARLES (COLUMBUS)
10/3 WATTERSON (COLUMBUS) @ CREW STADIUM
10/10 CATHEDRAL PREP (ERIE, PA)
10/17 LA SALLE (CINCINNATI)
10/25 @ BENEDICTINE (CLEVELAND)

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