1985

Record:  14-0

Head Coach:  Tony Pusateri '69
Assistant Coaches:  Mark Crabtree, Ed Susi, Rocky Pentello, Bob Triano, Tim Rathburn, John Rathburn, Phil Callaghan, Bob Jacoby, Jon Peterson

 

1985 Regular Season

Dublin, W 10-0
Beechcroft, W 18-6
Northland, W 28-0
Bedford Chanel, W 14-0
Loudonville, W 52-0
St. Charles, W 35-6
Bishop Ready, W 35-7
Bishop Wehrle, W 42-3
Bishop Watterson, W 19-6
Bishop Hartley, W 35-7

 

1985 OHSAA Playoffs

Divsion-III, Region 12 Semifinal
DeSales (10-0) vs. Urbana (9-1)

Date:  November 8, 1985
Location:  Cooper Stadium

Result:  DeSales 27, Urbana 0
Through the first 14:36 minutes of the Stallions’ first-ever playoff game, Urbana had out-gained DeSales 136-14.  The Purple and White finally got a drive going, thanks to two Paul Haynes runs totaling 20 yards.  On the same possession, Jamey Cua took a short pass 33 yards that set up a 17-yard touchdown run by Haynes.  It was the first touchdown allowed by Urbana in four games.  Haynes finished with 76 yards rushing to lead the Stallions.  DeSales linebacker Shawn Ream returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown, but Ream - the team’s placekicker - missed the extra point, which snapped his streak of 38 makes in a row.

 

Quarterback Mike Asbeck (10) and the Stallions jumped out to a 20-0 lead

Quarterback Mike Asbeck (10) and the Stallions jumped out to a 20-0 lead

Divsion-III, Region 12 Final
DeSales (11-0) vs. Oakwood (11-0)

Date:  November 15, 1985
Location:  Cooper Stadium

Result:  DeSales 27, Oakwood 8
In a rain-soaked field the two teams combined for 9 turnovers, including 7 for Oakwood.  The 8 points allowed by DeSales was the most points that they had given up all season to date.  Running back Jamey Cua’s 22-yard touchdown run capped off an 80-yard, 12-play drive on the Stallions’ first possession of the game.  On the ensuing possession, Robert Jackson recovered an Oakwood fumble that led to another Cua touchdown.  Shawn Ream added 2 field goals (31, 36) in the final minute of the 1st half to give DeSales a 20-0 halftime lead.  Cua finished the night, rushing for 134 yards on 16 carries with 3 touchdowns.  Four of Oakwood’s turnovers led to DeSales scores.  Defensive back Paul Haynes recorded 3 interceptions for the Stallion defense, which held Oakwood to 62 yards of total offense.

 

Shawn Ream (86) added a 28-yard field goal for the Stallions

Divsion-III, State Semifinal
DeSales (12-0) vs. Ironton (10-2)

Date:  November 23, 1985
Location:  Portsmouth

Result:  DeSales 24, Ironton 19
Ironton scored on a 32-yard pass play as time expired in the first half and took a 12-3 lead into the locker room.  Running back Jamey Cua scored on a 10-yard run just 1:40 into the second half to cut into the Tiger lead.  At the end of the quarter, Ironton had once again built a 9-point advantage.  In the final frame, the Stallions went on a 12-play, 78-yard scoring drive to get within two points at 19-17.  On that drive, DeSales converted a 4th-and-2 when DeSales quarterback Mike Asbeck hit Jamey Cua, who took the short pass 16 yards for his 2nd touchdown.  After DeSales forced a three-and-out on Ironton’s ensuing possession, Cua would score his 3rd touchdown of the evening on a 53-yard run.  DeSales’ Dan O’Reilly’s sack on 4th down with 1:00 left clinched the victory for the Purple and White.  Cua set a career-high 175 yards rushing on 19 carries.  John Dennis forced 2 fumbles for DeSales, who advanced to the Division-III state championship game.  

Divsion-III, State Final
DeSales (13-0) vs. Orrville (12-1)

Date:  November 29, 1985
Location:  Ohio Stadium (Columbus)

Result:  DeSales 21, Orrville 13
Despite fumbling on his first carry, running back Paul Haynes finished with 151 rushing yards on 17 attempts and a touchdown to lead DeSales to their first-ever state championship.  Haynes ran for 407 yards after the first 5 games of the season, but an ankle injury restricted his availability to just playing defense.  Trailing Orrville 7-0, 8 minutes into the 2nd quarter, the Stallions only had one first down before going on an 80-yard, 17-play scoring drive.  On 3rd-and-goal, Haynes scored from 16 yards out and Shawn Ream’s extra point tied the game at 7.  DeSales would take the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Tony McCormick, which was aided by a 40-yard run by Haynes.   Orrville would score in the 4th quarter with 6:30 remaining, but opted to go for two.  On the conversion attempt, a bobbled snap led to Dan Lauderback and John Crabtree’s tackle-for-loss to keep the score at 14-13.  With 2:08 left, DeSales quarterback Mike Asbeck hooked up with Shawn Ream on a 3rd-and-5 for a 49-yard touchdown pass.  It was the first reception of the year for Ream and it gave the Stallions a 21-13 lead. 

 
The Stallion Defense allowed only 3.5 points per game in the regular season (35 points allowed - the fewest in school history)

The Stallion Defense allowed only 3.5 points per game in the regular season (35 points allowed - the fewest in school history)

1985 Quick Facts 

The 1985 State Championship was the last game coached at DeSales by Tony Pusateri '69, who finished his tenure at his alma mater with a record of 69-23-2

The 1985 State Championship was the last game coached at DeSales by Tony Pusateri '69, who finished his tenure at his alma mater with a record of 69-23-2

  • It was the 3rd undefeated season in school history (1964, 1978)

  • The '85 Stallions became the first team in Ohio history to finish 14-0

  • DeSales won its 7th CCL title

  • The Stallions made the program's first-ever OHSAA playoff appearance

  • DeSales finished as the #1 seed in Region 12, Division-III

  • The Offense set a school record for most points scored in a regular season (288 points)

  • Linebacker John Dennis was named First-Team All-Central District and All-Ohio after lead the Stallions with 99 solos

  • Dennis blocked six punts and recovered six fumbles

  • John Dennis and Jamey Cua were named First Team All-Metro by the Columbus Citizen Journal

  • Placekicker Shawn Ream led the area in scoring during the regular season with 47 points (4 field goals and 35 extra points) and was named First Team All-Ohio

  • Cua tied for 8th in the area after ten games with 14 TD.  Cua led the Stallions with 911 yards rushing in the regular season and set the record for most rushing yards in a season with 1,341

  • Quarterback Mike Asbeck threw for over 1,000 yards despite missing the first two weeks of the regular season (Dublin, Beechcroft) due to a knee injury

  • The Stallions were were picked to finish 4th in the CCL in the preseason

30-Year Anniversary
Alumni Stadium
10/17/2015

Members of the 1985 team served as Honorary Captains before the 2015 Watterson game

Members of the 1985 team served as Honorary Captains before the 2015 Watterson game