Warren De La Salle moves closer to clinching high school football playoff spot with 17-6 win over Inkster
Jake Thielen | MLive.com, October 05, 2010 3:20 p.m.
Warren De La Salle improved its record to 5-1, one win shy of clinching a spot in the MHSAA playoffs with a 17-6 win over Inkster in non-league action on Saturday night.
The cool temperatures and steady rain didn’t seem to affect De La Salle, as it took the ball to start the game, and marched down the field for a touchdown. Quarterback Shane Morris finished the 13-play, 74-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:04 left in the quarter.
Morris had a solid day passing as well, as he finished the game with 96 yards on 5-of-9 passing.
The Pilots added another touchdown with 2:26 left in the second quarter, when running back Damorria Lilly scored on a 2-yard run.
Lilly finished the game with 22 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown.
De La Salle coach Paul Verska was pleased with the balance that his team showed offensively.
“It was a great team effort,” Verska said. “There were a lot of distractions this week with homework, and homecoming, and everything else, but the kids did a great job tonight.
“The quarterback threw the ball well, and we ran some good routes.”
De La Salle was able to extend its lead to 17-0, following a mistake on special teams by Inkster.
Inkster lined up to punt, but the snap was high, and punter Deon Stegall attempted to scramble before being tackled at the Inkster 6-yard line.
De La Salle was unable to score a touchdown following the mistake, but kicker Nick George made a 21-yard field goal with four seconds left in the half to give the Pilots a 17-0 lead.
Inkster, which failed to record a first down in the first half, was unable to get anything going on offense until the game’s final drive. Inkster quarterback Chris Wesley got the Vikings on the board with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jermar Rogers on the game’s final play.
Verska said he wasn’t disappointed that the Pilots lost the shutout on the last play.
“We had a lot of guys, some backups, in there, and they battled all the way down the field,” Verska said. “It’s no big deal.
“It’s still a ‘W’ and that’s all we care about.”
De La Salle will look to clinch a playoff spot next week when it hosts 5-1 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
Verska said his team still has some work to do to get ready for St. Mary’s.
“We got to get a lot more physical, we got to sustain some blocks longer, and we just got to do a better job overall,” Verska said. “We just got to pick it up another notch.
“They’re a very good team.”
With the loss, Inkster dropped to 1-5 on the season, its first following the graduation of star quarterback Devin Gardner, who currently plays for the University of Michigan.
The Vikings will look to improve their record next week when they travel to Dearborn Fordson.