By: Kevin McLane –
On Friday September 23rd, at Serra Catholic high school, the Seton LaSalle Rebels extended their regular season record to 3-1, beating the Serra Catholic Eagles 35-21. The Rebels jumped out to an early 35-0 lead at halftime. With most of the Seton starters sitting out for the second half, Serra scored three times to put the final score at 35-21. In the first half, Lionel Deanes, star running back for the rebels racked up 241 yards and three touchdowns. Overall through the first four games, Deanes has rushed for 924 yards and 8 touchdowns.
When asked about who he credits for his early season success, Deanes said, “I credit my offensive line, they work hard every day at practice, when we have a good offensive line it gives me time to focus on what I have to do personally because I know they’ll get the job done.”
Sophomore Nick Vari added two more scores, one on the ground and the other coming from a pass from junior quarterback and first year starter Matt Banbury. Banbury was asked about his first impressions on being the starting quarterback.
Banbury responded with, “I thought it would be harder than it actually was, basically you just have to make your reads and play with confidence.”
It was clear that the week four Rebels team was a completely different team from week one, and had a completely new identity from previous years. Four year player, and captain, Christian Weyrich when asked about how this team is different from past years that he has been part of the organization said, “I would say it’s more like a brotherhood and less separation between grades.”
Anyone who has watched the Rebels play the first half of the season, can clearly see that the team as a whole has grown up quickly and did not let a week two slip up keep them from the productive season they know they can have. For those fans and supporters who have been around for many years, they are getting a new look ground and pound offense that leaves defenses stunned and tired.
The Rebels are taking the season one game at a time but it is hard not to look ahead and the powerhouse of a schedule that is the last three weeks. Overall, Seton LaSalle looks forward to another great season with a whole new style of play.