DeSales will attempt to continue its mastery over St. Charles when it travels Friday, Sept. 30, for the CCL-Silver Division opener for both teams.

DeSales will attempt to continue its mastery over St. Charles when it travels Friday, Sept. 30, for the CCL-Silver Division opener for both teams.

A 20-6 victory a year ago extended the Stallions' string of wins over the Cardinals to 34.

On Sept. 23, DeSales lost to Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's 42-21 to fall to 2-3 and

St. Charles improved to 2-3 by beating the Columbus Crusaders 41-28.

"It's a huge rivalry," DeSales defensive back Jalen Noble said. "It's a big CCL game. We come out every year and they give it their all and we give it our all. It's a fist fight, a true fist fight."

Running back Warren Ball was held to 21 yards on nine carries by St. Mary's but has rushed for 342 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.

"(Ball) is going to Ohio State, and they don't sign bad players," St. Charles coach Jeff Pharion said. "We need to contain him, and that will take getting 11 hats to the football. Just like when we play any other good player, we have to play good defense."

Quarterback Alex Perrine (512 yards passing, 154 yards rushing), running backs Auston Garrett (13 catches for 158 yards) and J.T. Blubaugh (293 yards rushing) and wide receiver Charles Chandler (10 catches for 237 yards and three touchdowns) have been other key contributors for a Stallions offense averaging 30 points.

Despite getting off to a slow start, the Cardinals have been a difficult team to score on. They opened with losses to Canal Winchester (12-7 on Aug. 26), Eastmoor Academy (14-6 on Sept. 2) and Beechcroft (14-7 on Sept. 9) before beating Toledo Rogers 24-6 on Sept.16.

Top threats for St. Charles have included quarterback Nick DeJaco, running back Sean Fitzmartin and running back Gunner Francis. Fitzmartin rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns against the Crusaders, a non-OHSAA club team.

Defensively, DeSales shut down Union (Ky.) Ryle 42-7 on Sept. 16 but has given up 100 points in its three losses.

Chandler, Tim Doone and Noble in the secondary and linebacker Joey Lyberger have been among the top players on defense for the Stallions.

"It's the biggest game of the year, every year," Francis said. "It's been 35 years since we've beaten them, and we'd like to see that end. It's going to take all of our men on offense and all of our men on defense going all out until they can't go any more."