If there was any hangover from their last game, the Warren De La Salle Pilots didn’t show it. The Fordson Tractors kept it close in the first half, but they couldn’t keep up with the Pilots as they went on to win 40-19. The running game was explosive in this game for the first time all year and they rode that to victory.
The Pilots got the scoring started when their cornerback Jared Wangler picked off a pass from Kamel Faraj and returned it for a 30 yard touchdown. The Pilots went for 2 and got it. Fordson answered back with a Hady Bandar 7 yard touchdown run. A field goal was added for De La Salle making the score 11-7 at the end of the quarter.
The Tractors’ took the lead when Faraj ran in a touchdown run of 15 yards. That would be the last lead they had in the game. The Pilots’ quarterback Shane Morris threw two touchdown passes before the half ended. The first was to Jordan Avgousti for 9 yards. The other to Brent Morris and this one was a 7 yarder. The score at halftime was 26-13.
The 3rd quarter became a defensive struggle. Neither team scored in this quarter. Fordson got into the red zone, but a sack on a 4 and goal put an end to that threat. The final quarter saw scoring from both sides.
De La Salle took the momentum from the stop and their running back Damorria Lilly scored on a 59 yard touchdown run. He also added another run of 47 yards. Fordson added another score as well and that would make the final score of 40-19.
The Pilots’ quarterback Morris threw for 101 on 9 completions and 18 attempts. He added 2 touchdowns as well. Lily had a big game rushing when he took 21 carries for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns. The leading receiver for De La Salle was Giovanni Rescigno who caught 4 passes for 54 yards. Brent Morris also caught 3 for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Fordson’s quarterback Faraj completed 9 of his 14 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. They were lead on the ground by Michael Berry with 18 carries for 76 yards. He was helped by Bandar who carried it 12 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. The Tractors were led by Hussien Kadry with 4 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.
I was highly surprised to see the running game work as well as it did for the Pilots. Practically all of their rushing yards for the season came in this game. Their passing attack was a lot lower in this game, but I think that knowing that they have it when they need it is a large asset. This team could be scary if there is a game where they put big numbers in both.
As for the defense, I thought they did a great job. They shut down Fordson when they needed to and scored a big victory. They put pressure on the quarterback, the running game and forced turnovers. Their offense sustained drives and made Fordson work for every yard. It does look like playing a team as tough as they did when they went to Cleveland has really helped this team going forward.
De La Salle moves to 2-1 and they will go into conference play against the 2-1 Brother Rice Warriors at home. The Warriors defeated the St. Francis de Sales Knights from Toledo at home with a score of 42-24.
Fordson’s record becomes 2-1 and will head into conference play. They will travel to the 2-1 (1-0) Belleville Tigers. Belleville played at home against the Edsel Ford Thunderbirds and the Tigers won the game 20-17.