La Salle One Win From DII State Championship Game

11/29/2014

Posted on 11/28/2014

There’s nothing better than a Thanksgiving practice for high school football teams, because getting in a morning holiday workout means that the team is close to its ultimate goal.  That’s exactly where the La Sale football team is today as it prepares for the next step in a journey that has produced the best single season in the Lancers’ football history. La Salle had not won a state playoff game before winning one each of the last three weeks.

The result is La Salle is just two wins away from a state championship.  La Salle (12-1) plays Lewis Center Olentangy (13-0) in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state semifinals tonight.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, where coach Nate Moore’s looks to earn a trip to the state final.  Macedonia Nordonia (13-0) opposes Mayfield (12-1) in the other Division II State semifinal.

The winners will play for the Division II state championship next Friday, December 5, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Specific times for all seven state finals have not yet been announced, but there are three games scheduled to be played next Friday.

La Salle is the first of two GCL South member schools looking for an appearance in their respective state championships game.  Moeller (10-3), the two-time defending Division I state champion, plays Huber Heights Wayne (12-1) in the Division I, Region 2 final (also a state semifinal) Saturday for the chance to move one step closer to a three-peat.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Mason High School’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.

La Salle looks to extends its winning streak to seven games against unbeaten Olentangy – which, like La Salle, is averaging better than 40 points per game.  The Lancers have had little trouble in the postseason to date, defeating Glen Este, Harrison and previously unbeaten Mt. Healthy by a combined score of 146-58.  Junior Jeremy Larkin and sophomore Jarell White have combined to run for 1,088 yards and 13 touchdowns in the three playoff games.  For the season, Larkin has run for 2,252 yards and 31 TDs – both single-season school records.

The Lancers’ defense also has been solid all season – led by senior nose guard Jordan Thompson, a Northwestern commit.  Thompson, named GCL South co-Defensive Lineman of the Year along with Simeon Lane of St. Xavier, has helped La Salle limit the opposition to 12 points and just over 200 yards of total offense a game.  Junior linebacker Kyle Farwick is third in the GCL South with six sacks, while senior defensive back Avery Larkin tied for the league lead with four interceptions.

TIX ON SALE:  Fans looking to buy advance tickets to tonight’s game can do so from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. today in the La Salle High School main entrance.  Advance tickets are $8, while tickets at the Welcome Stadium gates are $10.