After a dominant run through the playoffs last fall, DeSales met its
match in the D-III state final, falling to Youngstown Mooney. It was far from
the Stallions best effort. Expect them to respond with some resiliency as they go for their 17th straight playoff berth.
2009 Record: 11-4
* Players to watch – QB Nick Gentile (6-1, 200, Sr.), RB Warren Ball (6-1, 185, Jr.), OL Santino Cua (5-11, 205, Sr.), TE/WR Sam Borghese (6-3, 175, Sr.), OL/DL Tony Moore (5-9, 200, Sr.), DE Chris Rock (6-5, 245, Sr.), Corner Evan Kendrick (5-11, 185).
* Outlook – After a dominant run through the playoffs last fall, DeSales met its match in the state final, falling to Youngstown Mooney. It was far from the Stallions best effort.
“When you look at that game, we would have had to have had a very good game,” head coach Ryan Wiggins said. “We had six turnovers. You can’t do that against a team of that caliber.”
DeSales lost the game 35-7. It’ll be interesting to see how the team bounces back despite losing 25 seniors. Wiggins says almost all teams that make it that far have a senior-heavy roster.
Still, things look good this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Stallions return Gentile who took over the QB role solo in Week 7 last year after alternating with QB/S Mitch Herbert (who graduated this spring). It proved to be a good move, and the Stallions dropped just one game the rest of the season (against D-I Elder). Gentile, a dual-threat quarterback, led the team in rushing with more than 1,000 yards and accounted for 16 TDs, 11 of them on the ground.
The Stallions also return a powerful DI-level running back in Ball, who is one of the state’s most coveted juniors.
On defense, DeSales is packing DL Moore and DE Rock, who is one of the most heavily recruited players in the state.
“We’re expecting a lot out of Chris,” Wiggins said.
Making the playoffs has become a tradition at DeSales. The Stallions have been there the past 16 seasons, but Wiggins isn’t calling it a done deal yet.
“With the way our schedule is, it’s going to be a challenge each and every game,” Wiggins said. “The kids got to play in 15 games last year. We’re going to throw them in the fire, and hopefully that extra practice will pay off.”
* Schedule – DeSales – as usual – has a brutal schedule. A rematch with Mooney awaits in Week 4, while St. Edward comes to Columbus in Week 7. The following week the Stallions square off against bitter rival Watterson before facing GCL stalwart LaSalle.
8/27 @ LINCOLN (GAHANNA)
9/3 @ MAUMEE
9/10 NEW ALBANY
9/17 CARDINAL MOONEY (YOUNGSTOWN)
9/24 @ ST. MARY’S PREP (MI)
10/1 ST CHARLES (COLUMBUS)
10/8 ST EDWARD (LAKEWOOD)
10/15 @ WATTERSON (COLUMBUS)
10/22 LA SALLE (CINCINNATI)
10/30 @ BENEDICTINE (CLEVELAND)