The DeSales High School football team turned to senior running back Warren Ball to cruise to a 27-10 victory at St. Charles on Friday, Sept. 30, in the CCL-Silver Division opener for both teams.
It was the 35th consecutive victory in the series for the Stallions, who improved to 3-3 overall.
Ball rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, with 132 yards coming during the second half.
“At halftime the coaches said they wanted to pound it at them,” Ball said. “Our offensive line did a tremendous job. We didn’t want to be the senior class that loses to them. It feels good because they’re a good football team.”
DeSales took a 7-0 lead with 7 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the opening quarter on an 8-yard run by Ball. The Stallions began the drive at the Cardinals’ 41 after St. Charles was called for a facemask during a punt return.
The Cardinals cut it to 7-3 on a 41-yard field goal by John Colosimo with 2:36 to go in the opening quarter. A fumble by DeSales’ Charles Chandler on a punt return gave the Cardinals the ball at the Stallions’ 27.
St. Charles blocked a punt by Anthony Ciammaichella late in the first quarter and began that drive at the DeSales’ 23-yard line but failed to convert it into points.
The Stallions began the second half by having Ball run on six of their first seven plays. He ran for 52 yards during that possession, and quarterback Alex Perrine hooked up with Auston Garrett for a 16-yard touchdown to give the Stallions a 13-3 lead.
DeSales got the ball back with 8:06 left in the third quarter and moved 71 yards on 15 plays to take a 20-3 lead. Ball ran it in on fourth-and-goal from the 2 with 11:04 left.
“We actually thought we were doing some good things in the first half, but we had some turnovers and penalties,” Stallions coach Ryan Wiggins said. “In the second half we got the ball to Warren, and he can do so much with it.”
St. Charles, which fell to 2-4, scored its only touchdown on a 5-yard run by Sean Fitzmartin with 22.1 seconds remaining. DeSales limited the Cardinals to 103 yards rushing on 27 attempts.
Cardinals quarterback Nick DeJaco was 15 of 26 passing for 97 yards.
“(Ball’s) a great player and they put the ball in his hands a lot in the second half,” St. Charles coach Jeff Pharion said. “We think we’ve got good talent and had some good plays called, but then we’d miss a block. The film’s going to tell us a lot.”
DeSALES 7 0 6 14 -- 27
ST. CHARLES 3 0 0 7 -- 10
D--Ball 8 run (Ciammaichella kick)
SC--Colosimo 41 FG
D--Garrett 16 pass from Perrine (kick blocked)
D--Ball 2 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Blubaugh 7 pass from Perrine (Ciammaichella kick)
SC--Fitzmartin 5 run (Colosimo kick)