ThisWeekSports Special: 36 years later…St Charles beats DeSales again

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Thirty-six years of heartbreak turned into jubilation as the St. Charles Preparatory School football team defeated DeSales 36-0 on Oct. 4 at Ohio Dominican University.

The Cardinals improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the CCL-Silver Division with their first win over DeSales since 1976. The Stallions fell to 3-3 and 0-1.

“We wanted to be the one to break the streak,” said Cardinals slotback NiQuille Bell, who scored on runs of 22 and 52 yards and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. “We had not beaten them in so long, and it was great for all of the alumni who weren’t able to do this.”

Bell lined up at quarterback in a Wildcat formation on both of his touchdown runs.

“We saw (the Wildcat) on film, but No. 3 (Bell) is a heck of a runner,” said DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins, whose program leads the all-time series 38-4. “He came out and showed what he could do.”

Wide receiver and defensive back Ben Hale also put his talents on display on both sides of the ball for the Cardinals. On offense, he wrestled the ball away from DeSales defensive back Tucker Yinger in the end zone on a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Bailey with 13 seconds left in the first half, giving the Cardinals a 15-0 advantage at halftime.

“We practice that play all the time,” said Hale, whose team broke its losing streak against the Stallions on coach Jeff Pharion’s 46th birthday. “Ryan threw…

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