La Salle Set To Kick Off FB Playoffs For GCL South

11/07/2014

Posted on 11/07/2014 at 1:36pm

La Salle is the first of four GCL South teams participating in the opening weekend of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoffs.  The Lancers (9-1), which ended the regular season as the No. 1 seed in Division II, Region 6, host No. 8 seed Glen Este (6-4) from the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in a first-round game tonight.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Lancer Stadium.

Coach Nate Moore’s Lancers, winners of three straight including a convincing 56-35 victory over Elder at The Pit last Friday, bring a high-powered offense and plenty of momentum into the postseason.  Led by running backs Jeremy Larkin and Jarell White, the Lancers’ offense is averaging 308 rushing yards and 39 points per game this season.  Larkin and White have combined to rush for 2,600 yards and 41 TDs.

La Salle, whose lone loss is to St. Xavier, 24-21, on a last-second field goal, also has a strong defense –led by senior lineman Jordan Thompson.  The Lancers have allowed only 131 points all season and have held seven opponents to nine points or less, recording three shutouts.   La Salle finished No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II final weekly coaches’ poll , as well as No. 4 in the Associated Press Division II state rankings.

The other three GCL South teams are in action tomorrow night, when the Division I state playoffs begin.  St. Xavier (8-2), the No. 2 seed in the 16-team Division I, Region 2, hosts Grove City Central Crossing (7-3).  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at St. Xavier Stadium.  The Bombers have won five straight.  Moeller (7-3), the two-time Division I defending state champ, faces Miamisburg (8-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lockland Memorial Stadium.

Elder is the lone GCL South team that opens postseason play on the road.  The Panthers (6-4), who own a victory this season over Lakewood St. Edward (which at the time was rated No. 1 nationally), travel to Huber Heights to face Wayne (9-1), which is coming off its lone loss of the season, 19-14, to Centerville – which wound up No. 1 in the final Region 2 ratings.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. Saturday at Wayne High School.