The DeSales High School football team is about to embark on what it hopes is a long journey after completing an undefeated regular season.

The DeSales High School football team is about to embark on what it hopes is a long journey after completing an undefeated regular season.

The Stallions, the state's No. 1-ranked team in Division III and the top seed in Region 11, will play host to eighth-seeded Thornville Sheridan in the first round of the playoffs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

DeSales capped the ninth perfect regular season in program history Oct. 28 when they beat Mount Vernon 56-14 to improve to 10-0.

The last time the Stallions accomplished that feat was 2008. They went on to reach a Division II state semifinal that season.

"Going undefeated at DeSales is something special," quarterback Cole Silvestri said. "With tradition being so important at DeSales, it makes it that much bigger. This is a special place and a special team. We have one goal ahead of us, one game at a time."

The DeSales-Sheridan winner will play fourth-seeded Eastmoor Academy or fifth-seeded Beechcroft in a regional semifinal Nov. 12 at a site to be announced.

The Stallions are in the playoffs for the third consecutive season, while Sheridan made the postseason for the first time since 2011. The Generals were a combined 21-9 from 2013-15, and they beat New Lexington 38-0 on Oct. 28 to improve to 8-2 and secure their 18th playoff berth in program history.

DeSales is 2-0 all-time against Sheridan, having won 28-0 in a Division III regional final in 2005 and 26-7 in a state semifinal in 1996.

"I know they have a great history and have been in a lot of playoff games over the years," coach Ryan Wiggins said.

"They've beaten some good teams. They've got a really good quarterback (Dylan Dupler) who can throw and he can beat you with his feet. This isn't a team that's just happy to be in the playoffs."

Against Mount Vernon, Silvestri was 2-for-3 passing for 68 yards and touchdown passes to Jared Noble and Joe Arnold.

Alonzo Booth had three carries for 136 yards and two scores and Brian Asamoah rushed six times for 63 yards.

Joey Velazquez, Chris McNally and Arnold had one interception apiece.

Booth enters the postseason tied for the program record for touchdowns in a season with 29, and he set the program record for rushing yards in a season against Mount Vernon by raising his season total to 1,759.

"(Going 10-0) means a lot," Wiggins said. "I told our kids when you think of the tradition DeSales has it's pretty impressive, so any time you can get a mention with teams that have won CCL titles or gone undefeated, it's pretty impressive.

"Alonzo is tied for most touchdowns in a season with 29 and has the rushing record, and he's still got football games to play. With the way we've been playing, he's probably had less quarters than a lot of people have, which makes what he's doing even more impressive."

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