OHSAA Announces Sites For FB Regional Semifinals

11/13/2019

Posted on 11/13/2019 at 9:08 a.m.

Elder-St. Xavier To Play At Mason; La Salle Heads To Dayton

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced sites for this Friday’s regional semifinals in the OHSAA State Football Tournament, with fans of Greater Catholic League South Division rivals Elder and St. Xavier heading to Mason High School for the rematch of the top two seeds in Division I, Region 4.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at the School’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.  La Salle, the third GCL South team in the postseason and the No. 1 seed in DII, Region 8, travels to Greater Dayton for its semifinal matchup against Columbus Walnut Ridge.  Kickoff is also 7 p.m. Friday at Bellbrook Miami Valley South Stadium.

All three GCL South teams opened the state playoffs with impressive victories last Friday.  No. 1 St. Xavier (9-2) won its third straight game by scoring 42 unanswered points – 35 straight coming in the second half – to erase a 13-point deficit and post a 48-20 win against No. 8 Mason.  Senior tailback Kellen Newman rushed 22 times for a career-high 172 yards and three touchdowns, while senior quarterback Matthew Rueve connected on 11-of-16 passes for 196 yards and two scores for the Bombers.

No. 2 Elder (9-2) rebounded from a 27-25 setback at La Salle the final week of the regular season, to take a 21-0 lead less than a minute into the second quarter and post a 42-17 victory against No. 5 Lakota West at The Pit In Price Hill, Elder’s sixth victory in its last seven games.  Senior quarterback Matthew Luebbe turned in another strong performance, completing 11-of-15 passes for 188 yards and two TDs, while rushing 13 times for 103 yards and a pair of scores.  Luebbe – named GCL South Co-Player of the Year last week – had a big game in the first meeting between league rivals, a 31-28 Elder win at St. Xavier on October 4.  In that game, Luebbe rushed 21 times for a season-high 236 yards and three TDs as Elder built a 24-7 halftime lead.

La Salle (9-2), a week after winning its second GCL South title in school history, raced out to a 21-0 lead in just over six minutes and increased it to 35-0 at the end of the first quarter over No. 8 Little Miami in what ultimately was a 42-0 opening-round victory at Lancer Stadium.  The Lancers have now won 18 of their last 19 state playoff games dating back to 2014, including a string of three straight DII state titles from 2014 to 2016.  Senior Cam Porter, the GCL South Co-Player of the Year with Luebbe, carried 11 times for 96 yards and three TDs against Little Miami.  Porter has now scored at least one TD in each of the Lancers’ last four games.

All second-round playoff sites will feature presale online ticketing via OHSAA's website. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as participating schools keep a portion of presale ticket revenue.