A week after holding Louisville to 11 yards rushing, the DeSales High School football team never found an answer for Cincinnati Anderson's Kyle Slater in a Division II state semifinal Friday in Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
The junior running back finished with 255 yards and one touchdown on 38 carries to lead the Redskins past the Stallions 14-10 and into the state championship game Friday in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon against Sylvania Southview.
DeSales, which cruised past Louisville 38-21 in a regional final Nov. 14, finished 13-1.
Anderson improves to 12-2 and avenged a 38-17 loss to the Stallions on Sept. 12.
"They've got a great offensive line and we knew it was going to be this type of game," coach Ryan Wiggins said. "The real story is that we had three turnovers and we got into the red zone a couple times and didn't have anything to show for it. The name of the game is to put points on the board."
DeSales hadn't been held to fewer than 20 points in any game until this one.
After cutting a 14-0 deficit to 14-7 on a 79-yard run by Adam Griffin with 5 minutes, 32 seconds to go in the third quarter and to 14-10 on a 41-yard field goal by Kyle Nugent with 11:54 remaining, the Stallions began their longest drive of the game with 8:08 left at their own 20-yard line.
DeSales drove to the Anderson 13. On third-and-7, a handoff attempt by Thomas Gentile to Griffin got loose and was picked up by Luke Bissinger with 2:02 remaining.
The Redskins then handed it off to Slater five consecutive times and compiled two first downs and 20 yards to run out the clock.
"I thought we had a nice game plan," Anderson coach Jeff Giesting said. "Our team has changed so much since (the first time we played DeSales). Slater is a good back, a tough kid and he runs hard, and it was really about our offensive line."
Slater gave the Redskins a 7-0 lead on a 17-yard run with 6:52 to go in the first half.
DeSales began the ensuing possession at its own 30 and drove to the Anderson 1-yard line when Josh Kusan was stuffed for no gain on back-to-back plays to turn the ball over on downs.
Kusan was limited to 61 yards on 11 carries and Griffin had 11 carries for 138 yards. Gentile went 3-for-8 for 42 yards passing and was intercepted twice.
"I think their line is the best we've ever seen," Kusan said. "They were big and physical. It definitely surprised us. We haven't been run on like that before."
CIN. ANDERSON 0 7 7 0 -- 14
DeSALES 0 0 7 3 -- 10
CA--Slater 17 run (Howard kick)
CA--Rod 8 run (Howard kick)
D--Griffin 79 run (Nugent kick)
D--Nugent 41 FG