Record:  10-5

Head Coach:  Bob Jacoby
Assistant Coaches:  Ryan Wiggins, Brian Cromwell, Jason Wiggins, Mike Delfino, Brian Smith, Jim Stoyle, Chris Goff, Joe Valentine, Rye D'Orazio, Chris Cordi


2005 Regular Season

Toledo St. Francis, W 42-7
Toledo St. John’s, L 20-7
Cincinnati St. Xavier, L 24-0
Kettering Alter, W 17-0
Highlands (KY), W 48-23
St. Charles, W 51-7
Bishop Watterson, L 22-3
Cincinnati Moeller, L 44-27
Cincinnati McNicholas, W 23-7
Ironton, W 24-16


Matt Mangini (10) accounted for two touchdowns against Hillsboro (photo credit - Manny Pace)

2005 OHSAA Playoff Games

Divsion-III, Region 12 Quarterfinal
DeSales (6-4) vs. Hillsboro (8-2) 

Date:  November 4, 2005
Location:  Alumni Stadium 

Result:  DeSales 56, Hillsboro 0
Matt Mangini and A.J. Kaltenbach each had two touchdowns as the Stallions jumped out to a 49-0 halftime lead en route to a regional quarterfinal victory.   Through the first 21 minutes of the game, DeSales had out-gained the Indians 235 to -21.  Hillsboro finished with 97 total yards and 4 first downs.  Mangini led the Purple and White with 105 yards rushing on 13 carries. 


Chris Thomas (25) returned to lineup against New Albany after being out with a knee injury  (photo credit - Barb Dougherty)

Chris Thomas (25) returned to lineup against New Albany after being out with a knee injury (photo credit - Barb Dougherty)

Divsion-III, Region 11 Semifinal
DeSales (7-4) vs. New Albany (10-1)

Date:  November 11, 2005
Location:  Gahanna High School

Result:  DeSales 35, New Albany 14
Senior quarterback Matt Mangini ran for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead DeSales past the Eagles and onto the regional final for the second year in a row.  On their first three possessions, the Stallions went 72, 82 and 64 yards for scoring drives and built a 21-0 lead.  A.J. Kaltenbach got the Purple and White on the scoreboard with a 1-yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter, before Mangini’s two scores.  Matt Williamson registered 2 sacks and helped led a Stallions’ defense which held New Albany to just 19 yards rushing.  Chris Thomas, playing in his first game since an October 7th loss to Watterson, ran for a touchdown and recorded an interception.  Thomas had been out due to a torn ligament in his knee.  


Stallion defenders Justin Herbert (11), Justin Moore (8), Trent Sheumaker (55) combine for a stop vs. Sheridan

Divsion-III, Region 11 Final
DeSales (8-4) vs.  Thornville Sheridan (8-3)

Date:  November 18, 2005
Location:  Newark High School

Result:  DeSales 28, Thornville Sheridan 0 
For the 3rd game in a row the Stallions got off to a great start, but this time it was their defense that set the tone early.  Of the first 8 plays for Sheridan, three resulted in a loss of yards, one in a fumble and the other an interception.  Matt Mangini provided DeSales with a 7-0 lead after taking advantage of a Sheridan short punt, with his 1-yard touchdown run.  On the ensuing possession, Matt Williamson forced a Sheridan fumble that was recovered by David Knapke, which led to another 1-yard score for Mangini.  Mangini then contributed defensively with an interception and returned it 14 yards to the Generals‘ 13 yard line.   Chris Thomas made it 21-0 with a 13-yard score after the forced turnover and the Stallions cruised to a regional championship.  Thomas later scored his 2nd touchdown after Joey Rodenfels returned a punt 33 yards to give the Stallions excellent field position.   Thomas, a 1,200-yard back in 2004, finished with 78 yards and 14 carries. 

David Knapke (83) and a Stallion teammate wrap-up a Clyde ball carrier in the DIII State Semifinal (photo credit - Barb Dougherty)

Divsion-III, State Semifinal
DeSales (9-4) vs.  Clyde (12-1)

Date:  November 25, 2005
Location:  Donnell Stadium (Findlay)

Result:  DeSales 16, Clyde 7
Of the 96 playoff teams in the state, Clyde had the lowest scoring offense, coming in averaging 20.8 points per game, but the Flier defense kept them within striking distance.  With the Stallions holding onto a 10-7 lead with 3:25 remaining in the 4th quarter and Clyde at the DeSales 39 yard, Chris Thomas intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards to the Fliers 14 yard line.  Three plays later Matt Mangini hit A.J. Kaltenbach for a 17-yard touchdown pass and the Stallions held on to advance to their 7th state championship game in school history.  DeSales struck first, early in the 1st quarter, after A.J. Principe’s 35-yard field goal, which was set up by a Mangini forced fumble, recovered at the Clyde 35 yard line.  On DeSales’ second series, Chris Thomas ran 22 yards on the snow covered field to give the Purple and White a 10-0 lead.  Clyde would counter late in the 3rd quarter on a pair of Seth Caudill runs.  On the Flier scoring drive, Caudill followed up his 46-yard run with a 16-yard touchdown, making it 10-7 after the extra point.  


Divsion-III, State Final
DeSales (10-4) vs. Steubenville (14-0)
Date:  December 2, 2005
Location:  Massillon Paul Brown Stadium

Result:  Steubenville 28, DeSales 7
All of the game’s points were scored in the 2nd half and in the end, it was DeSales’ special team miscues and Steubenville’s Zach Collares which ended up being the difference.   The Big Red blocked a punt for a touchdown, blocked an A.J. Principe field goal and returned a kick 35 yards that led to a touchdown.  Steubenville quarterback Zach Collares ran 159 yards with 2 touchdowns and threw for another score.  Six plays into the 3rd quarter, with the game scoreless, Collares ran 24 yards for the game’s first points.  On the ensuing possession, Darrell Longmire blocked the Stallions’ punt and returned 30 yards for the touchdown.  After a successful two-point conversion, Steubenvile led 15-0.  DeSales would respond on their next possession as Chris Thomas took a Matt Mangini pass 63 yards and Mangini ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter.  The Big Red extended the lead to double digits ,once again, after a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive that used 8 minutes and 31 seconds.  WIth the clock being an issue, the Stallions went to the air and a Mangini pass was intercepted by Matt Belardine.  Zach Collares ran for his 2nd touchdown to put the game out of reach at 28-7.  Mangini finished with 88 yards on 23 carries.

The Stallion defense lines up against Stuebenville in the DIII State Championship Game (photo credit - Barb Dougherty)

2005 Quick Facts 

  • DeSales needed to win their final 2 regular season games to qualify for their 12th consecutive OHSAA playoffs

  • The Stallion finished as the #3 seed in Region 11

  • DeSales played 7 teams in the regular season who qualified for the post-season and had a combined record of 68-32

  • In 3 regional tournament games, DeSales scored 17 touchdowns on offense and only allowed 14 points

  • Matt Williamson was named Division-III 1st-Team All-Ohio

  • Alex Stewart was named Division-III 2nd-Team All-Ohio and was a 1st-Team selection in 2004

  • Williamson was named the Dispatch-Agonis Lineman of the Year after finishing the season with 19 tackles for a loss

  • Williamson, Stewart and Chris Thomas (offense) were Division-III 1st-Team All-Central District

  • A.J. Principe, David Knapke and Justin Moore were named Division-III 2nd-Team All-Central District

  • Matt Mangini, a starter at quarterback since the middle of his sophomore year, ran for over 1,000 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns and threw for over 800 yards with 4 touchdowns

  • Despite missing four games due to injury, Chris Thomas rushed for over 1,000 yards

Some of the Class of 2006 Football Stallions