Larkin, La Salle Look To Repeat As State Champs


Posted on 12/4/2015 at 3:33 p.m.

Lancers Take Nine-Game Postseason Streak Into Finals

Led by senior running back Jeremy Larkin, who has put up staggering statistics in nine postseason games over the last two seasons, La Salle looks to make it 10 straight playoff wins and successfully defend its state championship tonight when it meets Massillon Perry in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II Championship.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Ohio State in Columbus.

La Salle (12-2), which rolled to the 2014 state title by outscoring opponents, 245-91,  is vying to extend the Greater Catholic South Division state title streak to four years with a victory.  Moeller won back-to-back Division I state crowns in 2012 and 2013, and La Salle made it three in a row last year.  The GCL South has won seven state crowns the last 13 years, with league members Elder (2002, 2003) and St. Xavier (2005, 2007) each winning twice.

If La Salle wins, each GCL South school will have won two state championships since 2002.

The Lancers were tested in the state semifinals a week ago, rallying twice from 14-point deficits to defeat previously unbeaten Perrysburg, 49-28, in Piqua.  The Lancers’ defense came up big in the second half, limiting Perrysburg to just one score and scoring a defensive TD, too, when junior Jarell White returned one of three Lancers interceptions 39 yards to tie the score at 21.

Larkin has been La Salle’s primary offensive weapon in the postseason the last two seasons.  In nine playoff games, the University of Cincinnati commit has rushed for 1,763 yards, averaging 11.8 yards per rush, and scored 26 TDs.  This season, Larkin has carried the ball 176 times for 1,829 yards, an average of 10.4 yards per carry, and 26 TDs.   He also has caught a team-best 27 passes for 639 yards and eight TDs.

The game will feature the Associated Press Division II Co-Offensive Players of the Year in Larkin and Perry senior running back Keishaun Sims.   Running behind a massive offensive line, Sims has rushed for 3,108 yards and 43 TDs this season.  Sims was named Ohio’s Mr. Football award winner earlier this week.  Perry’s defense has been solid, allowing a total of just 28 points in its four playoff wins.

NOTES:   La Salle offensive lineman Luke Doerger, a Toledo commit, will start his 50th consecutive varsity game tonight for the Lancers … The game will be televised live in Southwest Ohio on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official broadcast partner of the GCL South, on TWC channels 99 and 1131 HD … La Salle is vying to become the first Division II teams to win consecutive state titles since St. Marys Memorial won in 1992 and 1993.