On the way to earning its fifth consecutive victory over Watterson, the DeSales High School football team rallied from an early deficit and dominated in nearly every aspect in the second half to win 24-10 in the Division III, Region 10 championship last Friday at Dublin Coffman

On the way to earning its fifth consecutive victory over Watterson, the DeSales High School football team rallied from an early deficit and dominated in nearly every aspect in the second half to win 24-10 in the Division III, Region 10 championship last Friday at Dublin Coffman

It was the kind of victory that coach Ryan Wiggins believes should give the Stallions momentum heading into their state semifinal matchup Friday against Cincinnati Wyoming in Dayton's Welcome Stadium.

"This is the 10th time in school history in 48 years that we've been able to make it to this point, and it's certainly something that we're proud of," Wiggins said. "To come out and outscore (Watterson) 21-3 in the second half, it's really something when you can learn in week 13 that you have a lot of character."

That persona will be tested Friday by a team which will look more like one of the teams DeSales lost to in the regular season -- Cincinnati Elder -- than any of the teams it has faced in the playoffs.

While the Stallions allowed 300 yards of offense and a season-high point total in a 34-24 loss on Oct. 16 to the pass-oriented Panthers, the Cowboys also have wracked up impressive offensive numbers from a similar spread formation.

Wyoming averages 35.5 points per game and is led by junior quarterback Kyle Seyfried (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), who has thrown for 3,269 yards and 39 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also has six rushing touchdowns.

The Cowboys have a strong running back as well in senior Isaiah Nearor (1,067 yards, 17 touchdowns), in addition to a group of receivers that includes Chris Dolle, Spencer Herbst, Harry Meisner and Evan Aleshire and tight end Jonathon Tighe.

While DeSales' defensive backfield featuring Adam Griffin, Mitch Herbert, Evan Kendrick, Kevin Marth and Mitch Yinger certainly will be tested, Wiggins believes his team must also not forget about what it needs to do up front.

"What makes them good is that they can do anything in their spread format, running or passing," Wiggins said. "We need to zero in on being very physical with them, and getting a pass rush from our front seven is going to be very important."

Under coach Bernie Barre, Wyoming has gone 167-47 and has made the playoffs 16 of 19 seasons since 1991.

On the way to reaching a state semifinal for the first time since 1998, the Cowboys used a three-man front to keep option-oriented Monroe Lemon-Monroe "off-balanced" Nov. 13 in a 14-7 win in a Region 12 semifinal, according to Wiggins.

Wyoming must stop a DeSales offense which added a new weapon last Friday with the return of Warren Ball following a three-week absence because of an injury.

Quarterback Nick Gentile rushed for 150 yards last Friday and has 1,051 yards and 11 touchdowns overall. Griffin (744 yards, 16 touchdowns), Robert Perrine (586 yards, four touchdowns) and Ball (503 yards, five touchdowns) are other key contributors to the Stallions' triple-option running game.

"We couldn't ask for our offense to be clicking more than it is right now," offensive lineman Santino Cua said. "Our defense has kept stepping up. If we keep rolling like this, the sky's the limit."

Next game

DeSALES vs. CINCINNATI WYOMING

•When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

•Where: Dayton's Welcome Stadium

•Last meeting: First meeting

•DeSales (10-3) to date: Defeated Gahanna 38-0; lost to Youngstown Mooney 21-14; def. New Albany 13-6; lost to Cincinnati Anderson 28-25; def. Findlay 56-23; def. St. Charles 10-0; def. Watterson 17-10; lost to Cincinnati Elder 34-24; def. Cincinnati La Salle 21-13; def. Cleveland Benedictine 45-24; def. Bryan 45-21; def. Tipp City Tippecanoe 54-14; def. Watterson 24-10

•Wyoming (13-0) to date: Def. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 39-3; def. Dayton Oakwood 47-7; def. Norwood 46-13; def. Reading 28-21; def. Cincinnati Mariemont 31-3; def. Cincinnati Madeira 42-6; def. Cincinnati Deer Park 47-7; def. Cincinnati Finneytown 45-0; def. North Bend Taylor 55-0; def. Cincinnati Indian Hill 50-49; def. Eaton 34-32; def. Monroe Lemon-Monroe 14-7; def. Springfield Shawnee 14-7

•Top Stallions: Chi Chi Ariguzo (LB), Malcolm Burrell (LB), Nick Gentile (QB), Adam Griffin (RB/DB), Travis Jackson (OL/DL), Evan Killilea (LB), Chris Rock (DL) and Alex Vance (OL/DL)

•Top Cowboys: Evan Aleshire (WR), Jibreel Black (DL), Dillon Burk (LB), Adam Chalmers (DB), Harry Meisner (WR), Isaiah Nearor (RB/DB), Kyle Seyfried (QB), Jonathon Tighe (TE) and Michael Travers (LB)