The opponents the DeSales High School football team has lost to the past two weeks could end up with great records by season's end, if coach Ryan Wiggins' assessment is correct.
That probably doesn't feel like much of a consolation for the Stallions after losing to Indianapolis Chatard 42-7 on Sept. 15 and Covington (Kentucky) Catholic 35-7 on Sept. 22 to drop to 3-2, but it could indicate that the Stallions' season isn't necessarily headed for disaster.
DeSales will have a chance to get back on its feet when it opens CCL action Friday, Sept. 29, at St. Charles. The Stallions lead the all-time series 41-4 and have won three consecutive games against the Cardinals, including 38-7 last season.
The Cardinals are coached by Bob Jacoby, who coached the Stallions from 1988-2006 and guided them to Division III state championships in 1997 and '98. This is Jacoby's second season at St. Charles.
The Cardinals are 1-4 but are coming off a 34-12 win over Washington Court House on Sept. 22.
"It's a CCL game, and CCL games are fun for the kids and the community," said Wiggins, an assistant under Jacoby for nine seasons who succeeded Jacoby as head coach in 2007. "As far as the whole coach-versus-coach thing, I think we got that out of the way last year."
DeSales trailed Covington Catholic 14-7 midway through the third quarter. The Colonels are 6-0 and have given up an average of just 8.2 points.
Quarterback Cole Silvestri passed for 53 yards and rushed for 15 yards, Carter Hilleary rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown and had three receptions for 32 yards and Brian Asamoah added 50 yards rushing on 14 carries to lead DeSales' offense.
The Stallions gave up 347 total yards to Chatard -- which is 3-3 -- and 360 to Covington Catholic.
One thing that could help DeSales is the addition of junior two-way lineman Rodas Johnson, a transfer from Olentangy who had to sit out the season's first five games because of OHSAA rules.
Johnson has 18 scholarship offers and is considered a four-star prospect. He figures to make an immediate impact on both lines for the Stallions.
He'll be a part of a DeSales defense that will be facing St. Charles' option offense, which has improved since the start of the season.
After losing to Independence 24-23 on Sept. 8 and New Philadelphia 29-28 on Sept. 15, the Cardinals totaled 308 yards of offense against Washington Court House.
Quarterback Brooks McCann was 7-for-15 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two scores, while running back Taylor Bryant had 55 yards rushing. Dylan Forche and Roland Rowe each had a touchdown reception.
DeSales' last win came Sept. 8 when it beat Youngs-town Mooney 28-7.
"We've just got to execute better," Wiggins said. "We had some penalties in key situations and some mental mistakes (against Covington Catholic) that won't show up in the stats. We've been a little shorthanded (on the offensive line) in terms of numbers, and it's different playing Chatard and Covington Catholic compared to a Mooney, which is like us with six or seven two-way players."