One of the positives of the DeSales High School football team's remaining schedule is that it will have an opportunity to build on its playoff-point resume in its next three games.
That, of course, means that the Stallions are about to face what could be their toughest stretch of the season.
On Friday, Oct. 6, DeSales will travel to Trenton Edgewood, which is 5-1.
Still remaining are games Oct. 13 at Hartley, which also is 5-1, and Oct. 20 at home against Cincinnati Winton Woods, which is 6-0.
"The good news the next three weeks is that there are a lot of points available," coach Ryan Wiggins said. "The bad news is that none of them will be easy to get."
DeSales bounced back from back-to-back losses by routing host St. Charles 31-0 on Sept. 29. The Cardinals have one win on the field this season but are 0-6 after having to forfeit a 34-12 victory over Washington Court House on Sept. 22.
Brian Asamoah rushed for touchdowns of 25 and 50 yards and finished with 113 yards on 12 carries and Joey Velazquez added 11 rushes for 85 yards to lead the Stallions' offense against the Cardinals.
DeSales is 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the CCL, but one of its other wins also came against a team that is winless in St. Catharines (Ontario) Royal Imperial Collegiate, which is 0-5. The Stallions defeated the Knights 50-0 on Aug. 25.
Edgewood lost to DeSales 48-21 last season but made the Division II, Region 8 playoffs and finished 8-3.
The Cougars, who have won four games in a row since losing to Franklin 49-21 on Sept. 1, are what Wiggins calls a "textbook wing-T football team."
Junior running back Wade Phillips has rushed for 734 yards and 11 touchdowns on 84 carries, junior fullback Elijah Williams has 250 yards and five touchdowns on 52 rushes and senior fullback Jake Paulsen has 175 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries to lead the Cougars' rushing attack.
Junior quarterback Corbin Craft is 17-for-23 passing for 297 yards and senior wide receiver Nick Noble has nine catches for 197 yards.
Defensively for Edgewood, senior free safety D.J. Whiles has three interceptions and senior strong safety Austin Scott has two interceptions.
The game against St. Charles was the first for junior two-way lineman Rodas Johnson, a transfer from Olentangy who sat out the season's first five games because of OHSAA rules.
Senior linebacker Jack DeSantis played his first game in a 35-7 loss to Covington (Kentucky) Catholic on Sept. 22 after missing the entire preseason and the first four contests because of an injury.
"(Edgewood is) quick up front and tough up front and they've got quick, hard-nosed (running) backs," Wiggins said. "We've just got to keep plugging away and keep getting after it."