La Salle Now Two Wins From Defending State Title


Posted on 11/21/2015 at 11:59 a.m.

Elder Looks To Join GCL South Colleague With Victory Tonight

The backfield combination of Jeremy Larkin, Jarell White and Nick Watson combined to carry 33 times for 292 yards and five touchdowns to help La Salle move one step closer to a defense of the Division II state football championship with a 42-7 victory over Kings Friday night in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Region 6 final at Lakota West High School’s Firebird Field.

The win was the eighth straight in the postseason for No. 1 seed La Salle (11-2), which advances to the state semifinals.  La Sale also has won 25 or its last 28 games the last two seasons.  The Lancers’ opponent, date, time and site for the semifinal round will be announced by the OHSAA at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Hudson, Perrysburg and Massillon Perry won the other three Division II regional titles with victories Friday night.  

Larkin led the Lancers in rushing, with 160 yards and two scores, one a 78-yarder, on 12 carries, while White rushed 12 times for 99 yards and a 2-yard TD with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter that gave La Salle a 7-0 lead.  Watson, the Lancers’ senior quarterback who also completed 10-of-19 passes for 160 yards, gained 33 yards on the ground and scored twice for the Lancers – who built a 28-0 lead at halftime.

La Salle’s defense turned in its third straight solid performance in the playoffs, limiting an explosive Kings offense to 193 total yards and only 15 yards in 19 rushing attempts, a 0.8-yard average.  Kings (11-2) came into Friday’s game having won eight straight, and the Knights had scored 82 points in two playoff wins.  La Salle has only allowed 34 points in its three postseason wins this year.

Elder will attempt to join La Salle and advance to the next round, when the No. 5-seed Panthers face Colerain in the Division I, Region 2 semifinals at 7 tonight at Mason High School’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.  Elder (9-3) has won four straight games, including a 41-13 win against Hilliard Darby last Saturday, while top-seeded Colerain has won nine in a row since a 39-36 setback at La Salle in week three, the Cardinals’ lone loss this season.

Colerain (11-1) is coming off a 42-14 win over GCL South member St. Xavier Saturday at Mason, a game in which the Cardinals racked up 503 yards rushing against the GCL South’s top defense.  Elder, though, also has a prolific offense led by senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey – who has accounted for nine touchdowns in the Panthers two playoff victories.  Colerain beat Elder in the last meeting, 35-34, in overtime in the 2012 postseason.