Warren De La Salle runs past Detroit Catholic Central in Prep Bowl

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published October 20, 2018

 Warren De La Salle quarterback Nolan Schultz evades a Detroit Catholic Central tackler during the Prep Bowl. De La Salle won the game, 24-6

Warren De La Salle quarterback Nolan Schultz evades a Detroit Catholic Central tackler during the Prep Bowl. De La Salle won the game, 24-6

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

DETROIT -- After losing last week, Warren De La Salle was able to win the Prep Bowl for the second consecutive year, with a 24-6 victory over Detroit Catholic Central. 

 

Neither team could get much going on offense in the first half, as both defenses were solid, but the Pilots dominated in the second half scoring 17 of their 24 points.

 

De La Salle senior quarterback Nolan Schultz had two touchdown runs in the game, one going for 70 yards, which put the Pilots up 24-0 in the fourth quarter. Evan Vaillancourt also had a 20-yard rushing touchdown in the game. 

 

“I don’t even know what those plays were. [Schultz] just makes them up, and when he gets back there, it’s a toss-up. We don’t know whats gonna happen. We call a certain play and there he goes. He can run. He’s a good player,” Pilots coach Mike Giannone said. 

 

Defensively, you couldn’t ask much more from the Pilots. They were suffocating the Shamrocks’ offense all night long. The Pilots forced the Shamrocks to go three and out four times.  

 

As a unit, the Pilots came away with an interception and four sacks. Catholic Central scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to ruin the Pilots’ shutout, but Giannone was proud of his team’s effort. 

 

“We never had a doubt about our defense. Our defense was always good,” Giannone said. “Our defense played well last Sunday, and they’ve played well all year. They came through again, and we never doubted our defense. Our defense is something that’s got us through the entire season so far.”

 

The Shamrocks and Pilots will begin their playoff journey next week. De La Salle is looking to defend its Division 2 state title from a year ago, and senior wide receiver Joshua DeBerry knows the team has what it takes to repeat as champions. 

 

“We definitely can win another state championship,” DeBerry said. “If we just come in, practice, we will win another one.”