DeSales' Luke Fazzari finds the open hole and breaks open for a 37-yard 2nd quarter gain, helping set up the 2nd TD on the night for the Irish against visiting Asotin.
Photo by Jeff Horner.
WALLA WALLA — Running back Luke Fazzari rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Jeremiah Cox completed 12-of-15 passes for 176 yards and a pair of scores as DeSales celebrated homecoming and senior night with a 28-0 victory over Asotin in a Southeast 2B football contest Friday night at rain-soaked Ty Baffney Field.
“I want to give credit to Jeremiah. He was very impressive,” Fazzari said. “I want to credit the line for keeping its feet and making holes.”
The Irish defense also played a significant role in the triumph by allowing just 146 total yards — 83 rushing and 63 passing — and registering four quarterback sacks.
“Our defense was focused,” DeSales coach Mike Spiess said. “Their offense had a hard time. But Asotin always plays really hard. They were a challenge to us.”
Friday’s win gave DeSales a piece of the league crown, a title it is sharing with Waitsburg-Prescott and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia. All three teams ended Southeast 2B play with 4-1 records. The Irish will be the league’s No. 2 seed heading into a home play-in game next weekend that will determine one of 16 berths for the Class 2B state playoffs.
DeSales used an Asotin fumble to tally its first touchdown of the game, a 4-yard run by Fazzari at the 2:36 mark of the opening quarter. The first of four successful PAT kicks by Paul Elmenhurst gave the Irish a 7-0 lead.
Cox tossed two 24-yard touchdown passes in the second quarter — to Joe Duehn with 3:40 on the clock and Ryan Baumgart with 13 seconds left — that extended the DeSales advantage to 21-0 by halftime.
Defensively, the Irish allowed a mere 50 yards in the opening half, only seven of which came on the ground.
“Defense is one of our sharpest traits,” Fazzari said. “The line did a very good job. Our linebackers had a chance to act and helped closing holes.”
Fazzari advanced around left end for an 11-yard touchdown with only 1:08 gone in the third quarter to conclude the night’s scoring.
DeSales struggled at times during the course of the game. The Irish committed three turnovers and were penalized on eight occasions for 81 yards.
“Some of our guys care so much about the team doing well that they try too hard to make the big play,” Spiess said. “This leads to unnecessary mistakes.”
Duehn ended up as the game’s most effective pass catcher. He grabbed five passes for 66 yards.
DeSales 28, Asotin 0
Asotin 0 0 0 0 — 0
DeSales 7 14 7 0 — 28
DeS — Fazzari 4 run (P. Elmenhurst kick).
DeS — Duehn 24 pass from Cox (P. Elmenhurst kick).
DeS — Baumgart 24 pass from Cox (P. Elmenhurst kick).
DeS — Fazzari 11 run (P. Elmenhurst kick).
First downs 6 17
Rushes/yards 39-83 35-210
Passing yards 63 176
Passes (att-comp-int) 11-4-1 17-12-2
Punts 4-29 2-34
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 3-31 8-81
RUSHING — Aso: Davidson 14-43, Forsberg 9-36, Krull 4-20, Seibly 1-3, Magnuson 1-(-2), Loseth 8-(-7), Team 2-(-10); DeS: Fazzari 17-186-2, Healey 7-25, Cox 4-19, A. Elmenhurst 3-6, Baumgart 1-2, Duehn 1-(-9), Team 2-(-19).
PASSING — Aso: Loseth 4-11-1, 63 yards, 0 TDs; DeS: Cox 12-15-2, 176 yards, 2 TDs, Richard 0-2-0.
RECEIVING — Aso: Magnuson 2-20, Martinez 1-32, Jagannath 1-11; DeS: Duehn 5-66-1, Baumgart 2-30-1, Pommerening 1-28, Fazzari 1-18, Richard 1-16, Roach 1-14, A. Elmenhurst 1-4.