It seems likely that more rewards will be on the way for the St. Charles Preparatory School football team's defense if it can come close to equaling its performance of a week ago when it travels to DeSales on Friday in the CCL-Silver Division opener for both.

After the Cardinals' 38-0 victory over Sandusky last Friday - their first shutout since they beat Rayland Buckeye Local 28-0 in the seventh game of the 2006 season - their defense was greeted with doughnuts last
Saturday morning.

"Our defense the past two weeks has really stepped it up," senior defensive end Joe Perrault said. "We got doughnuts the next morning after shutting out Sandusky, so that was fun. We just have to keep playing together
and fulfilling our responsibilities."

St. Charles, which has given up a combined seven points over its last two weeks and is 3-2 overall, will have its toughest defensive battle to date when it faces the No. 1-ranked team in the Division II state poll in the
Stallions.

DeSales had another steady performance offensively last Friday as it beat Findlay 38-7 for its 15th consecutive regular-season win.
St. Charles' defensive front, which features Perrault and Michael Ryan at end and Josh Hardy and Andrew Burke at tackle, will try to slow down a running game which produced 315 yards last Friday.

"We were able to keep the ball out of (Findlay's) hands," DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins said. "I think we have some confidence right now, but there are some things we have got to do better since we've got the meat of our
schedule coming up. We have to be able to keep from turning the ball over."

DeSales quarterback Thomas Gentile ran for 99 yards on 15 carries and also threw a 25-yard touchdown to Ike Ariguzo. Josh Kusan scored on touchdown runs of 5, 3 and 1 yards in the first half and finished with 72
yards on 16 rushes. Adam Griffin has been another key a weapon out of the backfield in the Stallions' triple-option attack.

"Our run defense has really been stepping it up," Perrault said. "We just have to play our responsibilities against their option and keep working on fulfilling our responsibilities. As long as we play to our spots, we'll be OK.

"We come in with a chip on our shoulder. It's been a long time since we've beaten DeSales and that helps us get ready to play."

After opening with a 28-0 shutout over Lima Shawnee on Aug. 22, the Stallions have continued to be stout defensively. Findlay averaged 36.2 points in its first four games before being held to a season-low point total last
Friday.

DeSales' defensive front, which features ends Davon Custis and Chris Rock and tackles Jake Smith and Travis Jackson, shined last Friday according to Wiggins.

While Findlay sometimes used four- and five-wide receiver combinations, St. Charles also uses a spread offense but focuses more on being balanced.

Cardinals quarterback Shane Bauman was 6-for-9 passing for 119 yards and two touchdowns, which covered 54 and 33 yards to Michael Ryan. Sophomore Jourdan Wickliffe returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a
score.

"St. Charles is a pretty solid team," Wiggins said. "They run out of the spread so they demand some attention in what they do, although our focus is on ourselves. They do a decent job throwing the ball. We're going to
have to win the job up front and do the things we typically do. As a whole, I think our (defensive front seven) has done a good job."