De La Salle blanks Thomas Jefferson to win district title
With a district championship and a high seed in the upcoming Division II state playoffs at stake, De La Salle was focused Thursday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson bore the brunt of that focus as the Cavaliers handled the Jaguars 42-0 to win the 11-3A title outright in a game heard live on 106.1 FM NASH ICON.
Playing his first game of the season after being injured in jamboree action ten weeks ago, junior Byron Phillips rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, all in the first half, while sophomore quarterback Cole Milford passed for a pair of scores for the Cavaliers.
On their first possession, the Cavaliers scored on a 12-yard run by Phillips to make it 7-0 with 8:48 to play in the opening quarter. De La Salle then drove 86 yards in seven plays with Milford connecting with Nixon Bernard on a 6-yard touchdown pass and it was 14-0 with 2:46 to play in the first quarter.
Jalen Ned then picked off a Noah St. Pierre pass and that set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from Milford to Jharon Gilmore and it was 21-0 by the end of the first quarter.
De La Salle kept up the onslaught in the second quarter as Phillips scored on runs of 22 and 46 yards to make it 35-0 by halftime.
With a running clock and reserves in the game, Patrick Martin capped the scoring with a 31-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to provide the final margin of victory.
The Cavalier defense pitched its third straight shutout and held Thomas Jefferson to minus 3 yards rushing and just 14 total yards in the game. Milford completed 6-of-10 passes for 99 yards and two scores with an interception. Martin finished with eight carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.
De La Salle coach Ryan Manale was pleased with his team’s effort.
“We were able to work on some of the passing game which I thought was important,” Manale said. “We got some work on protection, which was good. I was very pleased with Byron Phillips getting some carries. He is a solid and he needs to get in playing shape for the playoffs. It’s not easy to be up for games like these. I thought we had leaders step up. We have things we have to correct. To have three shutouts playing the whole bench the last three games is impressive.”
With their fourth straight win, the Cavaliers (6-3, 3-0) will be either the second or third seed in the upcoming Division II playoffs. Thomas Jefferson ends its regular season 4-6 and 1-2 in district play.
“We are looking at the other scores and potential seeds,” Manale said. “It’s tough to predict. It’s fun. University High and us are virtually tied for second. It will come down to us and them for a bye. We may not officially know Sunday. It is that close. There are good programs in this class that we will have to face. It is an exciting time of the year.”
DLS 21 14 7 0 42
TJ 0 0 0 0 0
DLS—Byron Phillips, 12-yard run (Ian Helmcke kick)
DLS—Nixon Bernard, 6-yard pass from Cole Milford (Ian Helmcke kick)
DLS—Jharon Gilmore, 14-yard pass from Cole Milford (Ian Helmcke kick)
DLS—Byron Phillips, 22-yard run (Ian Helmcke kick)
DLS—Byron Phillips, 46-yard run (Ian Helmcke kick)
DLS—Patrick Martin, 31-yard run (Ian Helmcke kick)
Rushing—DLS 212 yards, TJ -3 yards
Passing—DLS 99 yards, TJ 14 yards
Total Yards—DLS 311, 11 yards
Penalties—DLS 5 for 48, TJ 3 for 25 yards
Sacks: DLS 3, TJ 0
Turnovers: DLS 1, TJ 1
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