Through its first three games, the DeSales High School football team gave up a combined 21 points but none during the first three quarters.
The Stallions' defense didn't have nearly as strong a performance Sept. 15 in a 42-7 loss to Indianapolis Chatard at Earlham College. DeSales fell to 3-1 and had its 22-game regular-season winning streak snapped.
Chatard led 21-7 at halftime and totaled 347 yards of offense.
DeSales could face its toughest offensive opponent to date when it plays Friday, Sept. 22, at Covington (Kentucky) Catholic, which improved to 5-0 with a 45-9 win over Beechwood (Kentucky) on Sept. 15 and is averaging 43.6 points.
The Stallions' defense intercepted eight passes over the first three games, with Anthony Sciarroni picking off two.
Other defensive standouts have included linemen Brandon Derrow and Cullen Krombach and linebackers Brian Asamoah and Ty Van Fossen.
"Our defensive line has been getting after it up front, and our defensive backs have settled in," Van Fossen said.
Through four games for Covington Catholic, senior quarterback A.J. Mayer (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) was 49-for-78 passing for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns, junior running back Casey McGinness (5-10, 185) had 50 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns, senior wide receiver Malachi Pike (6-2, 190) had 10 catches for 174 yards and four touchdowns and junior wide receiver Jack Coldiron (6-5, 210) had 10 receptions for 266 yards and three scores.
Defensively for the Colonels, sophomore lineman Michael Mayer (6-5, 210) had 15 tackles and 4.5 sacks, senior linebacker Kameron Butler (6-4, 245) had 14 tackles and senior Adam Schneider (5-9, 155) had two interceptions in the secondary.