Brian Asamoah put an exclamation point on an emotional week late in the fourth quarter of the host DeSales High School football team’s 28-7 victory over Youngstown Mooney on Sept. 8.
A day after he announced his commitment to play for the University of Oklahoma and with Sooners coaches in attendance for the game, Asamoah burst through the line and pulled away from the Cardinals’ defense for a 66-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 15 seconds left.
It capped a performance by the Stallions in which they intercepted two passes, forced Mooney to turn it over on downs three times and outmuscled a 2016 playoff team.
DeSales improved to 3-0, while Mooney fell to 1-2.
“I think our offense stayed true to what coach (Ryan Wiggins) was saying about follow our blockers and play fundamentally sound,” Asamoah said. “My offensive line did a great job. … I had a great time. The coaches (from Oklahoma) are here and I feel good.”
The Stallions finally made headway late in the first half when Will Mnich intercepted a pass at the Stallions 48 with 1:37 left in the second quarter.
On the ensuing drive, quarterback Cole Silvestri ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 29 seconds left before halftime to make it 7-0. Silvestri hit Ty Van Fossen for a 13-yard pass and Bobby Zendarsky for a 12-yarder to move DeSales deep into Mooney territory, and Joey Velazquez ran for 14 yards to set up the touchdown.
Anthony Sciarroni had an interception on the final play of the second quarter.
Midway through the third quarter, Cullen Krombach, Asamoah and Van Fossen teamed to hold Mooney to 1 yard on fourth-and-2 from the DeSales 34.
Silvestri connected with Zendarsky for 29 yards on the first play of the ensuing drive and Velazquez ran in from 20 yards three plays later to make it 14-0.
The Stallions took a 21-0 lead on a 4-yard run by Asamoah with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter. The drive was set up when Asamoah and Van Fossen sacked Mooney quarterback Antonio Page for an 8-yard loss on third-and-11 from the Mooney 9 as DeSales took over at the Cardinals 38.
Van Fossen finished with three tackles for loss to lift a defense that didn’t have defensive end Brandon Derrow or linebacker Tariq Stewart for stretches after both got banged up.
“It was a gritty performance,” Wiggins said. “I thought we weathered the storm and got key stops on third-and-short and fourth-and-short.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final YOUNGSTOWN MOONEY 0 0 0 7 7 DESALES
0 7 7 14 28
D—Silvestri 1 run (Gomez kick)
D—Velazquez 20 run (Gomez kick)
D—Asamoah 4 run (Gomez kick)
D—Asamoah 66 run (Gomez kick)
YM—McCoy 5 run (A. Philibin kick)