The DeSales High School football team turned the only drive it allowed points on into a positive against visiting Watterson on Oct. 18.
Although the Eagles ate up 10 minutes, 39 seconds of the first half with their first possession, they settled for a 21-yard field goal by Michael Harper.
The Stallions then shut down Watterson the rest of the way and made enough big plays offensively to win 13-3 and beat their rival for the second time in three seasons.
DeSales improved to 4-3 overall and finishes 1-1 in the CCL-Silver Division while Watterson fell to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the league.
“The first drive where we held them to a field goal, that was phenomenal,” Stallions junior linebacker Luke Melsop said. “Everyone is excited.”
After a three-plays-and-out drive to open the game by DeSales, Watterson took over at its own 13 with 10:35 to go in the first quarter.
The Eagles had the ball for the next 22 plays, but were stopped for a 1-yard gain on third-and-goal from the DeSales 5 to set up Harper’s field goal.
The Stallions scored their first touchdown with 33.6 seconds left in the first half when quarterback Josh DeLozier ran for a 1-yard touchdown. That completed a 10-play, 76-yard drive that included 14-yard completions to Michael Wade and Andrew Sparks and a 22-yard run by Austin Andrews.
Watterson moved to the DeSales 30 on the opening possession of the second half, but fumbled it away as Tucker Yinger recovered.
The Stallions then moved 76 yards on 11 plays, with the biggest being a 52-yard run by Andrews.
On second-and-8 from the Watterson 22 with 5:06 left in the third quarter, DeLozier hit Adam Acquista in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown to make it 13-3.
“(Our defense was) on the field a little with some long drives, but the ultimate job is to keep them out of the end zone,” coach Ryan Wiggins said. “We had a simple game plan and I thought we executed it well.”
Andrews rushed for 153 yards on 19 carries and Yinger added 44 yards on 10 rushes.
Watterson was held to 103 yards on 33 carries as Walter Green led with 61.
“It was us making a lot of mistakes and not playing as well as we could have,” Watterson coach Dan Bjelac said. “(The touchdown pass) was just a play-action and we got beat. That’s football.”
W--Harper 21 FG
D--DeLozier 1 run (Stack kick)
D--Acquista 22 pass from DeLozier (kick blocked)