FOOTBALL: De La Salle Flies Past Chandler Park Academy 42-14
ST.CLAIR SHORES, MICH. – This game was never in doubt for Warren De La Salle from the start, as they rolled Chandler Park Academy 48-12 on Saturday night. The Pilots jumped off to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and never looked back.
Senior running back Sam Badalamenti scored all three of his rushing touchdowns in the quarter, finishing with 110 yards, on 17 carries. Badalamenti got things started with a 3-yard touchdown run, after De La Salle forced Chandler Park into a three and out.
Chandler Park’s next two possessions in the quarter both ended in three and outs, and De La Salle took advantage of each and every opportunity. Badalamenti would score again from 3-yards out with 4:36 left in the first, and then again from 2-yards out with :54.7 seconds left to give De La Salle the 21-0 lead.
De La Salle senior quarterback Giovanni Rescigno also had himself a big night, throwing for 121 yards and three touchdowns of his own. Majority of De La Salle’s scoring drives on the night started in Chandler Park territory, and Rescigno was able to sit back in the pocket and pick their defense apart. Two of his passing touchdowns went to wide receiver Brent Morris, younger brother of Michigan freshman quarterback Shane Morris.
After forcing an interception, it took Rescigno just three plays to find Morris wide open in the front of the endzone for a 10-yard score, to put them up 28-0 with 3:45 left before halftime. Rescigno and Morris also hooked up on a 12-yard touchdown pass and catch to put them up 42-6 to open the second half.
Chandler Park did have a few bright spots of though, in super sophomore wide receiver Jalen Martin, and freshman quarterback Delvin Washington. Already down 36 points by the time the fourth quarter started, Washington and Martin finally hooked up for a big scoring play, to boost their confidence. Washington find Martin wide open on a short out route, and Martin did the rest, taking it 74-yards to the house. A successful two-point conversion still had Chandler Park trailing 42-14, and that would be how the game ended.
Washington finished the game 11-34, for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Martin also had a big night in a losing effort, catching six balls, for 145 yards, and a score. Chandler Park (2-1) will look to rebound next week when conference play opens up against Old Redford Academy.
De La Dalle (2-) has a huge test of their own on the road next week, as they take on arguably the best team in the state, and league rival Brother Rice.