Thirty-six years of heartbreak turned into jubilation as the St. Charles Preparatory School football team defeated DeSales 36-0 on Oct. 4 at Ohio Dominican University.
The Cardinals improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the CCL-Silver Division with their first win over DeSales since 1976. The Stallions fell to 3-3 and 0-1.
“We wanted to be the one to break the streak,” said Cardinals slotback NiQuille Bell, who scored on runs of 22 and 52 yards and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. “We had not beaten them in so long, and it was great for all of the alumni who weren’t able to do this.”
Bell lined up at quarterback in a Wildcat formation on both of his touchdown runs.
“We saw (the Wildcat) on film, but No. 3 (Bell) is a heck of a runner,” said DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins, whose program leads the all-time series 38-4. “He came out and showed what he could do.”
Wide receiver and defensive back Ben Hale also put his talents on display on both sides of the ball for the Cardinals. On offense, he wrestled the ball away from DeSales defensive back Tucker Yinger in the end zone on a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Bailey with 13 seconds left in the first half, giving the Cardinals a 15-0 advantage at halftime.
“We practice that play all the time,” said Hale, whose team broke its losing streak against the Stallions on coach Jeff Pharion's 46th birthday. “Ryan threw a perfect ball and I knew that I would be able to take it from (Yinger).”
On defense, Hale, a senior who has made a verbal commitment to Bowling Green, ripped the ball out of the hands of DeSales running back Jake Gilmore and raced 56 yards for a touchdown to close the scoring with 2:23 left in the third quarter.
Bell finished with 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns on nine carries and running back John Quinn added 47 yards on nine carries for the Cardinals.
Bailey was 13-for-14 passing for 110 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Wide receiver Remy Powell had three catches for 26 yards and tight end Sean Hennessey had two catches for 12 yards. Hennessey also caught a two-point conversion pass from holder Graham Plageman.
Running back Austin Andrews ran nine times for 40 yards for the Stallions and Yinger rushed for 23 yards on 12 carries.
SC--Bell 22 run (Hennessey pass from Plageman)
SC--Hale 28 pass from Bailey (Groeber kick)
SC--Bell 52 run (Groeber kick)
SC--Bell 68 punt return (Groeber kick)
SC--Hale 56 fumble return (Groeber kick)