Warren Ball rushed for a career-high six touchdowns to lead the DeSales High School football team to a 48-12 victory over visiting Brookhaven on Friday, Sept. 2.
In the first meeting between the programs since 2000, the Stallions turned a pair of turnovers into touchdowns and built a 28-7 lead by halftime.
DeSales improved to 1-1, while the Bearcats fell to 0-2.
"Last week was a disappointing loss to Gahanna (31-14), so it felt great," said Ball, who finished with 77 yards on 14 carries. "The offensive line did a tremendous job."
Brookhaven moved to the DeSales 36 on the game's opening possession, but Tim Doone intercepted quarterback Tajuan Green and returned it 46 yards to the Bearcats' 28. Six plays later, Ball ran it in from 3 yards to make it 7-0.
On the ensuing possession, DeSales' Jalen Noble blocked a punt by Brookhaven's Kevin Greenhow and Auston Garrett recovered at the Bearcats' 6. Ball ran it in on the next play for a 14-0 lead.
DeSales increased its advantage to 21-0 with 9:55 left in the first half on a 12-yard run by Ball. A fumble recovery by Garrett on a punt return on the preceding play set up that score.
The Stallions used a 75-yard drive that included a 19-yard run by Ball, a 43-yard reception by Charles Chandler and a 1-yard touchdown run by Ball to take a 28-0 lead with 2:07 to go before halftime.
Brookhaven's first score came with 40.8 seconds left in the second quarter when Green connected with Clevis Towns on a 33-yard scoring pass.
Ball scored his fifth touchdown with 5:31 to go in the third on a 9-yard run and added a 7-yard score with 2:47 left in the period.
Brookhaven outgained the Stallions 204-113 in the first half and finished with 318 yards compared to 289 for DeSales. Green rushed for 52 yards and passed for 119.
"Their big breaks came off of our mistakes," Bearcats coach Trevor White said. "We moved the ball on our first possession but gave it up with an interception."
BROOKHAVEN 0 6 0 0 -- 12
DeSALES 14 14 14 6 -- 48
D--Ball 3 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ball 6 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ball 12 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ball 1 run (Ciammaichella kick)
B--Towns 33 pass from Green (run failed)
D--Ball 9 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ball 7 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Garrett 9 run (kick failed)
B--Fair 8 run (pass failed)