Watson Helps La Salle Notch First Postseason Win


Posted on 11/08/2014 at 11:00am

Junior quarterback Nick Watson connected with junior receiver Josh Gebing on a 71-yard touchdown pass on La Salle’s first play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the night as the Lancers opened the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state football playoffs with a 48-28 victory over Glen Este Friday night at Lancer Stadium.  Watson finished the game completing 10 of 16 passes for 132 yards and a season-high four passing TDs to help La Salle notch the first playoff win in school history.

The Lancers (10-1), the No. 1 seed in Division II, Region 8, also got a pair of TDs each, one rushing and one receiving, from backfield mates Jeremy Larkin and Jarell White – who finished the regular season combining for 41 TDs.  White, a sophomore tailback, ran 12 times for 144 yards, while Larkin – the junior GCL South Co-Player of the Year – finished with 15 carries for 125 yards.  La Salle wound up with a total of 482 yards on offense, 350 coming on the ground, to extend its winning streak to four games.

Watson had a 23-yard rushing TD and 71 yards on the ground to complement his passing numbers.

La Salle advances to meet Harrison in the second round next Friday night.  The Wildcats (8-3) emerged with a thrilling last-second, 37-36 victory at Lima Senior Friday night. Harrison trailed 29-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half before mounting a huge second-half comeback to post the road victory. Harrison senior quarterback Jake Weber scored the winning TD as time expired.  Mt. Healthy will oppose Kings in the other Region 6 semifinal, as both schools remaining undefeated with first-round wins Friday night.

The other three GCL South schools hope to follow La Salle’s lead when the Division I state playoffs begin tonight.  St. Xavier (8-2), winners of five straight and the No. 2 seed in Division I, Region 2, hosts Grove City Central Crossing (7-3) in a first-round game at 7 at St. Xavier Stadium.  Moeller (7-3), the two-time defending state champion, faces Miamisburg (8-2) at 7 at Lockland Memorial Stadium, while Elder (6-4) hits the road to take on Huber Heights Wayne (9-1), also at 7.