Larkin, La Salle Take Final Step To Columbus


Posted on 11/29/2014 at 9:27am

Junior running back Jeremy Larkin scored a season-high six touchdowns, including a 98-yard return of the game’s opening kickoff for a score, to help La Salle post a convincing 48-13 victory over previously undefeated Lewis Center Olentangy in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state semifinals Friday night at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

The victory moves La Salle into the Division II State championship game at 8 p.m. Friday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.  The Lancers (13-1) will play Macedonia Nordonia (14-0), which knocked off Mayfield, 52-13, in the other Division II state semifinal last night.

Larkin, a serious candidate for Ohio Mr. Football, also scored on TD runs of 3, 30 and 45 yards, respectively, in the second quarter to give the Lancers a 28-6 halftime lead.  He added a 69-yard TD run in the third quarter and a 51-yard scoring burst in the fourth. Larkin carried the ball 22 times for 239 yards in the game, giving him 77 carries for an amazing 933 yards and 13 rushing TDs (15 overall) in four postseason games.

The Lancers’ defense also was solid, limiting an Olentangy offense averaging almost 43 points a game to minus-4 yards rushing in 29 attempts.  Senior Jordan Thompson led La Salle with eight total tackles, one sack and an interception.  Also having big nights for the Lancers’ defense were senior Drew Meister (8 tackles) junior Jayden Hester (7 tackles, 1.5 sacks), junior Adam McBee (6 tackles, 1 sack) and senior John Willcox (5tackles, 2.5 sacks).

Coach Nat Moore’s team enters the state final riding a seven-game winning streak.  The Lancers have not lost since a last-second field goal gave St. Xavier a 24-21 win at Lancer Stadium back on October 10.  In the postseason, La Salle has been nothing short of dominant – outscoring its four opponents by a combined score of 190-71.  La Salle has scored 48 or more points in three of four postseason games.