Warren De La Salle held to season low in points, but beats Brother Rice anyway in Catholic League showdown
Jake Thielen | MLive.com, September 22, 2010 (sidebar)
Warren De La Salle’s offense came into Saturday’s Detroit Catholic League football matchup with Birmingham Brother Rice averaging 50 points-a-game through the first three games of the season.
De La Salle only scored seven points Saturday night, but it was enough to earn them a 7-0 victory, as both defenses refused to give up much ground.
De La Salle’s defense posted its first shutout of the season after giving up an average of 13 points-per-game in its first three games.
Brother Rice quarterback Tyler Lendzion had 156 yards passing, and the Warriors rushed for 66 yards as a team. But those yards did not translate into points.
De La Salle head coach Paul Verska liked what he saw from his defense.
“We knew they weren’t going to run the ball, so we thought we could stuff the run, and we did,” Verska said. “They had to throw the ball.”
“The last two-minute drive, you know they’re famous for having great quarterbacks and great receivers, and we stepped up at the end and made a couple big plays.”
Like Brother Rice, De La Salle had difficulty finishing its drives. De La Salle’s lone score came on an 11-yard toucdown run by Damorria Lilly in the first quarter.
Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa was impressed with his team’s effort on defense.
“They did a great job,” Fracassa said. “I’m proud of them.”
“I think that they stopped them when they had to, especially in the second half.”
Fracassa also praised the effort of his coaching staff.
“I credit my defensive coaches,” Fracassa said. “They did an outstanding job preparing for them.”