La Salle One Win From Returning To State Final


Posted on 11/27/2015 at 9:55 a.m.

Lancers Look To Extend Postseason Winning Streak Tonight

La Salle looks to extend its postseason winning streak to nine games tonight and, in the process, earn a return trip to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state football championship to be played either Thursday or Friday next week.  First, though, the Lancers must get past unbeaten Perrysburg (13-0) in the state semifinals to extend their playoff winning streak to nine games and earn a shot at defending their state title.

Kickoff is 7:30 tonight at  Alexander Stadium in Piqua.  The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official broadcast partner of the Greater Catholic League South Division.   Hudson (11-2) plays Massillon Perry (11-2) in the other semifinal at Solon High School tonight.  The OHSAA will announce the day and time of the Division II state final on its Twitter account at approximately 10:45 this evening.

La Salle (11-2), which won Region 2 a week ago with a convincing  42-7 victory over Kings, has been nothing short of dominating in the playoffs the last two years.  Last season, the Lancers rolled to five straight victories and the school’s first state football title by outscoring the opposition, 245-91.  In three postseason games this year, coach Jim Hilbert’s team has outscored opponents, 143-34.

Against Kings, the Lancers rushed for 338 yards and five touchdowns.  Senior running back Jeremy Larkin, the GCL South co-Player of the Year for the second straight season along with Elder senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey, has rushed 41 times for 588 yards and eight touchdowns in the three playoff games – including 16 carries for 303 yards and four TDs in La Salle’s 52-14 win over Vandalia Butler in the first round.

The Lancers’ defense also has been solid in the postseason, giving up an average of 11.3 yards per game.  La Salle’s defense, too, has scored a pair of TDs – with senior linebacker Kyle Farwick recovering a fumble in the end zone for a score against Butler, and junior defensive back Nick Farwick recovering a fumble and returning it 36 yards for a RD against Kings.

La Salle figures to be tested against Perrysburg, which is coming off an impressive 50=19 win over Cleveland Glenville in the Region 4 final last Friday.  Perrysburg, the NO. 2 seed in its region, defeated North Ridgeville, 35-0, in the first round, and then beat No. 3 seed Avon, 48-21, in the semifinals.  Perrysburg is led by quarterback Trevor Hafner, who has thrown for 2,588 yards and 32 TDs, while rushing for 775 yards and 12 scores.