Pilots extend shutout streak with 51-0 win

DETROIT, Mich. – De La Salle Collegiate posted a second straight shutout with a 51-0 victory over Old Redford Academy Friday night.

The Pilots jumped out to a 6-0 lead after a Muzzie Kahari 18-yard run, capping an 80-yard drive.

From there, the rout was on.

De La Salle got the ball back after a strong defensive series at the Ravens 49-yard line. Three plays later, Jordan Rogers arried the ball to the endzone on a 30-yard run. With no one open, Anthony Stepnitz carried the ball himself for the 2-point conversion and a 14-0 lead for the Pilots.

Old Redford was bottled up yet again in their own end by Dylan Wilson and a huge sack by Derrelle Murray on the Ravens' four yard line. On fourth and 27, Jayden Conklin blocked a Ravens' punt that bounced through the back of the endzone resulting in a safety and a 16-0 Pilots lead.

On the next Pilots drive, Stepnitz was 2-for-2 passing including a 10-yard strike to Braden Babich. Again, De La Salle went for two and again it was Babich from Stepnitz to extend the lead to 24-0 with 3:01 left in the first quarter.

On the first play from scrimmage following another Ravens punt, Stepnitz connected with Brett Stanley on a 66-yard pass for a Pilots touchdown, extending the margin to 31 following a Daniel Heppler extra-point conversion.

Kahari again rushed the ball for a touchdown, this time from 39 yards out. The two point conversion was no good and the Pilots led 37-0 with 10:30 left in the first half.

Late in the second quarter, John Hunt received a 7-yard touchdown pass from JC Ford. Again, Heppler's point after attempt was good and with 3:57 left just before half.

The clock would run continuously in the second half with the margin at 44-0.

While there was no scoring in the third quarter, Cade Vallelunga led the Pilots offense in the fourth quarter and his 4-yard pass to Jack Herndon ultimately finished the scoring at 51-0 after a Joseph Marable extra point.

In all, 10 Pilots carried the ball including Kahari, who recorded two touchdowns on four carries for 74 yards. Jordan Rogers rushed the ball three times for 44 yards and a score. The Pilots would record 227 yards on the ground as a team on only 21 carries for a 10.8 yard per rush average.

Although the Pilots quarterbacks combined for only 87 yards passing, they were extremely efficient. De La Salle averaged 21.8 yards per catch and three touchdowns through the air. The highlight was the homerun catch by Stanley from 66 yards out.

Stepnitz was 7-of-9 passing for 106 yards and a score.

Eighteen Pilots recorded a tackle against Old Redford. Matthew Bushon and Justin Desmet each recorded four tackles while Justice Scott and Jack Lubinski each tallied three stops while Ricky Pearson recorded and interception.

Old Redford had the ball for only 34 offensive plays and did not earn a first down.

The Pilots will travel to Southfield for the Central Division opener vs. Brother Rice at Lawrence Tech University next Saturday, Sept. 21. Game time is 7 p.m.
 

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