Alonzo Booth knew exactly what to do once he got through the line of scrimmage.

Alonzo Booth knew exactly what to do once he got through the line of scrimmage.

With his team already holding a two-touchdown lead over Lancaster on Aug. 25 on the opening night of high school football in central Ohio, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound senior running back for DeSales plowed through a few tacklers, found a hole down the left sideline and couldn't be brought down during a 69-yard touchdown run.

It was among the numerous highlights on both sides of the ball for the Stallions, who beat visiting Lancaster 28-7 to avenge a loss to the Golden Gales in the teams' matchup in last year's opener.

"Coach (Ryan Wiggins) says once you hit the hole, it's all you," Booth said. "I had to make my move, and once I got to the sideline, I had to stick out my hand, so that's what I did."

Booth gained 131 of his 164 total rushing yards during the first half when the Stallions established control with a mix of the run and pass.

Junior quarterback Cole Silvestri, who found out earlier in the week that he would make his first start for the Stallions, completed eight of 12 passes for 108 yards.

His biggest play was a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Corkrean with 8:02 left in the first quarter to give his team a 7-0 lead.

Silvestri threw an interception later in the quarter, but the Stallions forced the Gales into a three-and-out drive - something that would become a trend for DeSales' defense.

Lancaster had only two plays that went for more than 10 yards, including a 43-yard run by quarterback Noah Dryden in the second quarter. Other than Dryden's run, the Gales managed just 41 yards of offense in the first half.

In the second half, Lancaster didn't pick up a first down until there was just 1 minute, 29 seconds remaining.

Derrius Mullins had four tackles for loss and Corkrean and Brian Asamoah also were in the middle of several key plays to lead the Stallions' defense.

Asamoah added a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for the Stallions, who held the Gales scoreless until Ethan Poe scored with 2 seconds remaining.

"We knew defense was going to be a key and that we had to stop them early," Stallions coach Ryan Wiggins said. "Obviously, there are some things we want to do better, but it was a nice, clean start for us."


Team 1 2 3 4 Final LANCASTER
0 0 0 7 7 DESALES
7 14 7 0 28

D-Corkrean 23 pass from Silvestri (DiMaccio kick)

D-Asamoah 10 run (DiMaccio kick)

D-Booth 69 run (DiMaccio kick)

D-Booth 4 run (DiMaccio kick)

L-Poe 13 run (Harris kick)