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De LaSalle Grounded By Brother Rice's Defense, fall 28-0

   | Branden Hunter

State Champs! Sports Network

There were plenty of reasons to get up for this game between Brother Rice and De La Salle  - whether you are a fan of Catholic League showdowns, a homer for the dueling brothers in this game -Rice's Cheyne and Corey Lacanaria or De LaSalle's Shane and Brent Morris, or maybe a Michigan fan following Shane Morris or a Spartan fan following Jon Reschke. Whatever the angle, this game had plenty of expectations.

But even with the offensive firepower of these two teams, in then end it was a defensive win, with Brother Rice locking down De LaSalle throughout for a 28-0 win. The game started off as a defensive struggle with neither team scoring in the 1st quarter despite opportunties - Brother Rice QB Cheyne Lacanaria threw an interception on a key drive and on an ensuing possession De LaSalle missed a 35-yard field goal.

Both defenses continued to dominate into the 2nd quarter. Then with 8:33 left in the 2nd, QB Shane Morris threw an interception to DB Ike Turner who returned the ball to the De LaSalle 18-yard line. Two plays later Brother Rice RB Brian Walker drove it in for the score from 11-yards out with 7:54 left.  And on it went, with Shane Morris and the De LaSalle offense never really able to get into a rhythm or threaten Brother Rice's defense.

Jon Reschke and the rest of the Warrior defense swormed to every ball carrier and forced De La Salle to punt throughout the evening. LAte in the second, Morris was knocked from the game and wasn't able to return for the 2nd half. Brother Rice took advantage of Morris absence, putting together long drives that worked the ground and the clock, further minimizing De LaSalles' opportunities. Brother Rice Running back Brian Walker added a 7-yard touchdown run with 4:38 left in the 3rd and another 1-yard touchdown run early in the 4th on a three TD night. Asked if the game plan was to run the ball on De La Salle and control the clock from the outset, he said, "Not really, the running game was just working".

Brother Rice shuts out De La Salle 28-0.