White, Larkin Lead La Salle To Share Of Title


Posted on 11/01/2014 at 11:14am

Running backs Jarell White and Jeremy Larkin each rushed for more than 200 yards and combined to score seven touchdowns as La Salle defeated Elder, 56-35, at The Pit Friday night, helping the Lancers move into a three-way tie with with Moeller and St. Xavier for the Greater Catholic League South Division championship.  All three schools ended with 2-1 records against league competition.

The victory for La Salle (9-1, 2-1 in GCL) will almost certainly keep coach Nate Moore’s team atop the Division II, Region 6 Harbin computer rankings.  The Harbin ratings are used to determine which schools qualify for the Ohio High School Athletic Association state footall playoffs, which begin next Friday.  La Salle,also  ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II weekly coaches’ poll,  is on track to earn one of the eight qualifying spots in Region 6 and, in the process, host a first-round playoff game at Lancer Stadiun next Friday night.

The official playoff pairings will be announced by the Ohio High School Athletic Association at 2 p.m. Sunday.

White, a sophomore, rushed 23 times for 209 yards and four TDs, while Larkin – a junior – carried just nine times for 200 yards and three scores, including TD runs of 55 and 21 yards, respectively, after Elder had cut the margin to 35-28 in the third quarter.  The backfield duo finished the regular season having combined for 2,600 rushing yards and 41 TDs. Larkin has carreid 190 times for a GCL South-leading 1,547 yards and 23 TDs, while White has rushed 127 times for 1,053 yards and 18 scores.  La Salle finished the game with 531 yards of total offense, 449 coming on the ground.

Elder (6-4, 0-3), which is unofficially in the Diviusion I state playoffs that begin next Saturday, was again led by junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey – who completed 21 of 40 passes for 208 yards and three TDs.  Ramsey finished the regular season having connected on 164 of 256 passes for 1,899 yards and 12 TDs.  He also is Elder’s leading rusher, with 814 yards, averaging five yards per carry, and scoring 11 TDs.  His favorite target, senior Louis Fallace, caught seven passes for 77 yards and a TD against La Salle.  Fallace leads the GCL South with 671 yards receiving.