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Posted on 11/22/2014 at 11:36am

Backfield mates Jeremy Larkin and Jarell White continued their torrid rushing and scoring pace Friday night, totaling 398 yards and five touchdowns to lead La Salle to a 38-6 victory over previously undefeated Mt. Healthy in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II, Region 6 final at Mason High School’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.  The win advances La Salle into the state semifinals against Lewis Center Olentangy (12-0).

Cincinnati.com is reporting that the state semifinal game, to be played at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, November 28, will be played at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.  The OHSAA will officially announce all future playoff sites Sunday afternoon.  Olentangy beat Dublin Scioto, 41=29, in the Region 5 final Friday night to advance to the state semifinals..

Larkin, who went over the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season by eclipsing 200 rushing yards in the first half, helped La Salle (12-1) build a 24-0 lead at intermission – scoring on two TD runs in the first half.  Larkin finished with 25 carries for 265 yards and two scores. White, who wound up with 13 rushes for 133 yards and three TDs, scored on runs of 54 and 36 yards, respectively, in the fourth quarter.

The postseason numbers for Larkin and White are staggering.  The duo has combined to rush for 1,088 yards and 13 TDs in three playoff victories – helping the Lancers extend their winning streak to six games.  For the season Larkin – who was named the Associated Press Southwest Ohio Division II Offensive Player of the Year earlier in the week – has now rushed for 2,252 yards and 31 TDs.  He has rushed 55 times for 694 yards and eight TDs in the playoffs..  White, who has run for 394 yards and five TDs in the postseason, now has 1,447 yards rushing and 23 TDs this season.

Posted on 11/21/2014 at 3:20pm

Led by one of Greater Cincinnati’s most explosive offenses, La Salle looks to move one step closer to the school’s first state football championship when the Lancers meet unbeaten Mt. Healthy in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II, Region 6 final at Mason High School tonight.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium, with the winner advancing to the state semifinals.

Both La Salle (11-1) and Mt. Healthy (12-0) have been dominating in the postseason so far. Coach Nate Moore’s team defeated Glen Este, 48-28, in the first round and then beat Harrison, 56-24, last Friday in the regional semifinals behind junior running back Jeremy Larkin – who carried just 15 times for 304 yards and a school single-game record five touchdowns versus Harrison.  Larkin now has rushed for 1,976 yards and 29 TDs, both school records, this season.

La Salle, which has one of the state’s most explosive backfields in Larkin, sophomore running back Jarell White and junior quarterback Nick Watson, will face a stingy Mt. Healthy defense that was the best in the Southwest Ohio Conference all year, allowing just 12 points and 218 yards per game.  Coach Arvie Crouch’s team posted a 39-0 victory over Tecumseh in the first round and then beat previously undefeated Kings, 47-14, last Friday.

The Owls, who played in the regional final last season and led by two TDs before eventual state champion Loveland rallied for a 35-28 win, also have an explosive offense led by junior quarterback David Montgomery – who ran for 206 yards and three TDs against Kings last week.  Montgomery and senior running back Hjavier Pitts have combined to run for almost 3,400 yards and 48 TDs.

Posted on 11/21/2014 at 3:22pm

The GCL South will definitely be represented in the Division I, Region 2 final on Saturday, November 29.  That’s because two of its league members – two-time defending state champion Moeller and St. Xavier, the highest remaining seed in the 16-team region – play Saturday night at Mason High School for the chance to advance to the regional final. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Mason’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.

And, if recent history is any indication, this game is likely to be close.  Moeller has won three straight over St. Xavier, but two of the three games have been decided by a total of nine points – a 20-17 win in overtime during the 2013 regular season, a game that Moeller forced into the extra period with a field goal as time expired in regulation, and a 13-7 Moeller win earlier this year, a game the Crusaders won without scoring an offensive touchdown.

St. Xavier (10-2) has been on a roll since that game, reeling off seven consecutive wins – including a 29-21 victory over Colerain last Saturday.  The Bombers’ offensive line has allowed St. Xavier to run the ball effectively during the streak.  Senior Ben Glines, a Boston College commit, carried a season-high 34 times for 187 yards and two scores sin the victory over Colerain.  Senior Ronnie Fricke also is a versatile back for coach Steve Specht’s team.

Moeller (9-3), which has rebounded to win three straight following a stretch after the St. Xavier win that included three losses in four weeks, has received a boost from sophomore running back Hunter Hughes – who did not have a single carry at the varsity level during the regular season.  However, in the last two games, Hughes has rushed for 108 and 159 yards, respectively, carrying the ball 42 times in a 21-13 win against Pickerington Central last week.

Both teams rely on strong defense.  St. Xavier is led by senior noseguard Simeon Lane, along with senior linebackers Cole Jones and Justin Hilliard.  The Bombers are allowing less than 225 yards and 15 points per game.  Coach John Rodenberg’s Moeller team, led by senior nose guard Elijan Taylor (Notre Dame commit) and senior linebacker Ryan Stofko, is allowing 13.6 points a game and holding opponents to just 94 yards rushing.

Posted on 11/18/2014 at 1:40pm     

Tickets to the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoff games involving GCL South schools are on sale at participating schools during designated hours.  La Salle is the first of three GCL South members in action, as the Lancers (11-1) take on Mt. Healthy (12-0) in the Division II, Region 6 final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mason High School.  On Saturday, GCL South rivals Moeller (9-3) and St. Xavier (10-2) meet for the second time this season, this time in the Division I, Region 2 semifinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mason’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.

Here is ticket information for each school:

La Salle – Tickets can be purchased from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.  Tickets are on sale in the La Salle High School Business Office, which is located on the right side of the school when facing La Salle from North Bend Road.  La Salle has been given an allotment of 2,000 tickets to sell for this Friday’s game.

Moeller – Tickets can be purchased from noon to 3 p.m. today, and then from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.  Tickets are on sale in the Moeller High School Athletic Office, which is located next to the school’s gymnasium and can be accessed through the entrance at the left of the school.  Moeller has been given an allotment of 3,500 tickets to sell.

St. Xavier – Tickets can be purchased by St. Xavier High school alumni and parents from 12:30 to 3:30 p.n. Thursday.  Any remaining tickets will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.  Tickets are on sale in St. Xavier High School main office, located just inside the main entrance of the school.  St. Xavier has been given an allotment of 3,500 tickets to sell.   St. Xavier students will have the chance to purchase tickets first, on Wednesday and Thursday, during flex periods.

Advance tickets are $8 each, with children age five and younger admitted free.  Tickets are $9 at the gate.

Posted on 11/16/2014 at 4:25am

Mason High School is the site for the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoff games involving GCL South schools this week, it was announced this afternoon by the OHSAA.  La Salle (11-1), the top seed in the Division II, Region 6 bracket, will face No. 2 seed Mt. Healthy (12-0) in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mason’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.

One day later, GCL South members Moeller and St. Xavier will meet in the Division I, Region 2 semifinals at Mason.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. Saturday.  Moeller (8-3), the two-time defending state champion, and St. Xavier (10-2), the No. 2 seed in the 16-team and winner of seven straight games, played back on September 26, with Moeller emerging with a hard-fought 13-7 win at St. Xavier.

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