BALLARD (1-1) VS. DESALES (2-0)
Teams haven’t met since 1997 playoffs, with Ballard winning 37-7
* Kickoff/site: 7:30 p.m. at Fairdale.
* Ballard managed just 20 rushing yards on 22 carries in a 45-7 loss to Male last week. Junior quarterback Ryan Wolfe completed 10 of 27 passes for 84 yards, with junior wide receiver Jordan Gunter hauling in four receptions for 45 yards. Ballard hasn’t lost to a non-Class 6-A opponent since falling to Class 4-A Collins 24-19 in 2013.
* DeSales ran its winning streak to nine with a 49-13 whipping of Butler last week. Senior quarterback Austin Johnson completed 14 of 20 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns and also kicked two field goals (32 and 40 yards). Senior fullback Ryan Smith rushed for 31 yards and three touchdowns on five carries.
* Quotable: “We’re anxious because of the challenge of facing another 6-A school,” DeSales coach Harold Davis said. “We know they’re going to out-size and out-quick us. Hopefully we’ll have some good things happen for us.”
* The pick: DeSales 21-14.
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