Senior running back and linebacker Josh Kusan of the DeSales High School football team admitted it was possible.

Coach Ryan Wiggins didn't think it was.

No matter who was right about the possibility of DeSales looking ahead a week to its showdown with Watterson in Crew Stadium, the end result Friday was a 20-10 come-from-behind victory over St. Charles.

"It's a big game," Kusan said of the St. Charles contest. "This is a big game for us. We were able to make plays, and just put up points. Things just worked out for us tonight."

The Stallions, the top-ranked team in Division II in the state, improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the CCL-Silver Division with their 16th consecutive regular-season victory. The Cardinals fell to 3-3 and 0-1.

It was Kusan's touchdown runs of 26 and 76 yards in the final quarter - and a defense which allowed just 65 yards to St. Charles in the second half - which lifted DeSales to yet another win.

"Their quarterback (Shane Bauman) was really hurting us, and we did a few things differently up front (in the second half) to keep him from running," Wiggins said. "We put it in the hands of our guys up front, and they did a good job."

Down 10-7 going into the fourth quarter, the Stallions, who had just 203 yards of offense in the first three quarters, got the big play they were waiting for. Kusan ran up the middle for his first score of the game with 11:08 to go to put DeSales ahead, then he raced up the middle again to seal the game with 6:15 remaining.

Asked what made the final quarter different than the other three, Kusan said, "I think we actually realized that we needed to step up, and we started playing well. Everyone started doing their job. We came together as a team."

After the Stallions took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Thomas Gentile to back Sal Carfagna, St. Charles answered with 10 points in the final 2:25 of the first half to go into the break ahead.

Bradley Marchese's 21-yard field goal got the Cardinals on the board, then a lost fumble by DeSales set up St. Charles at the Stallions' 22-yard line. Six plays later, Bauman found receiver Michael
Ryan in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard score.

Kusan ended the game with 170 yards and two scores on 18 carries, and Gentile added 94 yards on 15 carries as DeSales totaled 298 yards on the ground.

"We felt like our option game was there if we read it a little better," Wiggins said. "They had a good plan, but we felt like if we were a little more patient, that it could pop."

Jourdan Wickliffe was St. Charles' main offensive threat, catching six passes for 107 yards and running four times for 58 more.

ST. CHARLES 0 10 0 0 - 10
DeSALES 0 7 0 13 - 20
D-Carfagna 22 pass from Gentile (Nugent kick)
SC-Marchese 21 FG
SC-Ryan 16 pass from Bauman (Marchese kick)
D-Kusan 26 run (Nugent kick)
D-Kusan 76 run (kick failed)