Stallions (5-3) Griffins (5-4)
With a win Saturday, Nov. 2, at Akron Buchtel - and some help -- the football team could make it back to the postseason.
A year ago, the Stallions finished the playoffs for the first time since 1993, as they finished ninth in Division III, Region 9 to fall one spot shy of a postseason berth.
DeSales beat Cincinnati LaSalle 34-6 on Oct. 25 to improve to 5-3 overall and win for the second consecutive week. The Stallions were projected to be ninth in the Region 9 computer ratings released by the OHSAA on Oct. 29.
Buchtel improved to 5-4 with a 20-6 win over Akron Kenmore on Oct. 26. The Griffins' defense is led by lineman Anthony Clark (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) and defensive back Stephen Mosley (6-1, 180). Clark has Division I scholarship offers from five BCS programs, including Pittsburgh and West Virginia, and Mosley has offers from Buffalo, Kent State and Toledo.
Against Kenmore, Buchtel gave up no passing yards and just four first downs.
The Stallions are coming off one of their best offensive performances of the season. Against LaSalle, quarterback Josh DeLozier was 6-for-9 passing for 73 yards and rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown and running back Austin Andrews rushed 24 times for 153 yards and two scores.
Buchtel quarterback Christopher Davis threw for one touchdown and rushed for another against Kenmore. Other key players on the Griffins' offense include running back Marquis Sams and wide receivers Deric Rucker and Brandon Twitty-Dixon.
Defensive back Sayyid Kanu, who returned an interception for a touchdown against LaSalle, has led DeSales' defense, which has allowed a total of nine points in its last two games.
The Stallions finished second in the CCL-Silver Division at 1-1, behind St. Charles (2-0) and ahead of Watterson (0-2). The Cardinals secured their first league title since 1962 by beating the Eagles 20-14 on Oct. 25.