DeSales High School wins first state football title

The DeSales High School football team claimed its first state championship title Dec. 7. The Colts defeated Newport Central Catholic School 34-26 in the Class 2A championship game in Bowling Green, Ky. (Photo Special to The Record by Betty Coffman, VYPE.com/Louisville)

The DeSales High School football team claimed its first state championship title Dec. 7. The Colts defeated Newport Central Catholic School 34-26 in the Class 2A championship game in Bowling Green, Ky. (Photo Special to The Record by Betty Coffman, VYPE.com/Louisville)

DeSales High School celebrated its first state football title with an assembly in the school’s Dodge Gymnasium Dec. 9.

It’s the school’s first state championship in any sport since 1970.

The Colts made an impressive run through the 2A playoffs with a win over Newport Central Catholic School Dec. 7 in Bowling Green, Ky., to win the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl 2A Championship.

Doug Strothman, president of the South End school, said it means a lot to finally be able to celebrate the athletic successes of the school.

“I think as much as it means to the kids who played and won the state championship, it means just as much to our alumni,” he said in a phone interview Dec. 9.

Strothman said he’s especially proud of the team because they are “all great kids.”

“This group came in focused and worked very hard. They were dedicated to getting this done,” he said.

Strothman noted that the state championship also is a source of pride for the South End of Louisville.

“As president of the school it means so much. It creates a community pride not just for our alumni but for the South End of Louisville. There are a lot of great initiatives going on,” he said.

This was the third state football title game in which DeSales has played. The school lost to Henry Clay High School in 1981 and to Fort Campbell High School in 2009.

The school’s previous state titles were won by its cross country team three years in a row from 1968 to 1970.

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