La Salle Looks To Move One Step Closer To Title

11/20/2015

Posted on 11/20/2015 at 3:03 p.m.

Elder, Ramsey To Face Top-Seed Colerain Saturday Night

Two members of the Greater Catholic League South Division are hoping to take the next step in the football postseason over the next two days, with La Salle vying to continue its state playoff dominance tonight and Elder looking to take down Colerain, the region’s top seed, on Saturday evening as the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoffs enter a third weekend.

La Salle (10-2), the defending Division II state champion and top seed in Region 6, faces No. 2 seed Kings (11-1) in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lakota West High School’s Firebird Field.  The Lancers, who have won 24 of their last 27 games the last two seasons, are riding a seven-game postseason winning streak.  Kings has not lost since week four of the regular season, reeling off eight consecutive wins.

Elder (9-3), the co-GCL South champion with St. Xavier this season, is looking to extend its winning streak to five games when it meets Colerain (11-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mason High School’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.  The Panthers last played Colerain in the 2012 state playoffs, a game that Colerain won, 35-34, in overtime in the second round.

Led by the GCL’s all-time leading scorer in senior running back Jeremy Larkin, La Salle has been nothing short of dominating in the postseason since last October – outscoring the opposition, 346-118, in seven straight playoff wins.  The Lancers are coming off a convincing 49-13 win over Lima Senior last Friday, a game that saw senior quarterback Nick Watson throw four touchdowns passes and run for another score.

Kings, which tied for the Eastern Cincinnati Conference title with Turpin during the regular season, also has been on a roll since suffering a 20-15 loss to Turpin in week four.  Since then, the Knights have scored 30 or more points in seven of their eight wins.  Last week, Kings defeated Turpin, 47-13, behind a huge game from senior quarterback Tyler Knecht – who threw three TD passes and ran for three more scores.

Speaking of productive quarterbacks, perhaps none have been more impressive this season than senior Peyton Ramsey of Elder.  In Elder’s two postseason wins, Ramsey, the GCL South co-Player of the Year with Larkin for the second straight season, has connected on 30-of-41 passes for 423 yards and five TDs, while also rushing 36 times for 276 yards and four scores.  Elder has scored 91 points in those two games.

The Panthers likely will need plenty of offense against Colerain, which knocked off GCL South member St. Xavier, 42-14, last Saturday.  Facing the GCL South’s stingiest defense, Colerain – led by senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones - racked up 503 yards rushing.  The Cardinals also have one of the area’s top defenses, allowing fewer than two TDs per game. Colerain’s lone defeat is to La Salle, 39-36, in week three.