Columbus DeSales makes history


Columbus DeSales Stallions

For the first time in the 46-year history of its rivalry
with Columbus Watterson, the Stallions defeated the Eagles for the fourth
straight time to the tune of 17-10 in a rain-soaked contest and won its third straight Central Catolic League title for the third time in school history.

COLUMBUS – Columbus DeSales made history Friday night.  

For the first time in the 46-year history of its rivalry
with Columbus Watterson, the Stallions defeated the Eagles for the fourth
straight time to the tune of 17-10 in a rain-soaked contest.

The win also locked up the third straight Central Catholic
League title for DeSales – a feat that has been accomplished only two other

“If you look at this game or any of the DeSales-Watterson
games, they come right down to the wire and they are hard-fought, physical
games,” DeSales head coach Ryan Wiggins said.

The game was just that – hard-fought.

Watterson (5-2) jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the
game but the DeSales defense locked down and the offense caught rhythm scoring
17 unanswered points.

“It’s a great win. It gets you a league championship and it
gets you in better position for the playoffs,” Wiggins said.

DeSales (5-2) was led by senior quarterback Nick Gentile
with 22 caries for 160 yards and tossed for 48 yards on 3-of-4 passing. He had a
key 61-yard run in the third quarter to set up an Adam Griffin 1-yard touchdown
run two plays later to put DeSales up 14-10.

“Everyone knew it was going to be a close game from the
start,” Gentile said. “We just stuck to it and knew we were going to win this
game. The seniors didn’t want to lose this game and nobody wanted to lose this
game and that just kept us going.”

The seven-play 90-yard, go-ahead drive was set up when Chi
Chi Ariguzo intercepted Watterson quarterback Greg Hock early in the third

The halted Watterson drive opened the second half from the
DeSales 21 yard line following a Griffin fumble on the opening kickoff.

But Ariguzo’s pick shifted the momentum back to DeSales for
the rest of the game.

“Everyone was just so energetic (after the interception)
and everyone knew we were going to punch it down the field and we did just that
and we just kept driving,” said Gentile.

Watterson opened the scoring on 19-yard Dorian Gabrek field
goal halfway through the first quarter.

With just over five minutes left in the first half, junior
running back Matt Redfield rumbled for a 48-yard touchdown set up by a 36-yard
completion from Hock to Marc Elberson on third down and 12.

Watterson had just two first downs in the second half,
which is a testament to the DeSales defense on the night.

“We hang our hat on our defense,” Wiggins said. “We talk
about the tempo of the game, the intensity and the physicality has to be
controlled by the defense. We came up big
and made plays when we had to. That speaks to the seniors on our defense.

Even Kendrick intercepted Hock with just over four minutes
left in the game sealing the win.

“(Watterson doesn’t) make a lot of mistakes. When you have
a chance to make a play against a team like Watterson, you’ve got to make it
because you’re not going to have many opportunities,” Wiggins said.

Hock matched his season total for interceptions and
completed 6-of-16 pass attempts for 77 yards. Redfield had 114 yards on 16

“It’s a very good defense. It always is,” Watterson head
coach Dan Bjelac said. “They have some horses upfront. They have great personnel
and they run to the ball and do well.”

DeSales’ four-game winning streak dates back to the 2007
season. The Stallions beat the Eagles in the regular season and the playoffs
last season. Watterson won nine straight before the current streak began.

“We’re happy and we’re going to enjoy this tonight,”
Wiggins said.

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