Will La Salle meet its match in state semis?

Posted at 6:01 AM, Nov 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-27 06:01:57-05

In terms of high-powered offenses, La Salle might meet its match in the Ohio Division II football semifinals Friday night.

The 2014 state champs (11-2) have a tough game with undefeated Perrysburg (13-0) at Piqua before they can think about going for their second straight trophy in Columbus next week.

La Salle has scored at least 40 points in its first three playoff games, averaging 47.7 points per contest. Perrysburg, a southern suburb of Toledo, also boasts a high-powered offense, posting at least 40 points 10 times this year.

Perrysburg QB Trevor Hafner has 2,588 yards and 32 TDs with just four interceptions. He has also rushed for 775 yards and 12 scores. Zach Honsberger is the team’s top receiving threat with 27 catches for 1,027 yards – a 26.3-yard average – and 16 scores. Josh Haynes leads the team in rushing with 1,055 ground yards with 16 TDs. These teams have no common opponents, which makes predicting difficult, but the Yellow Jackets will be a tough team to take down, even with LaSalle’s formidable defense.

Lancers RB Jeremy Larkin rushed for 160 yards last week and averaged 13.3 yards per carry in a blowout of Kings and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in all three postseason games. He has gained over 250 yards three times this year, including a season-high 303 in La Salle’s playoff opener vs. Vandalia Butler. For the year, he has 1,611 ground yards and 25 touchdowns and has caught 24 passes for 604 yards and eight more scores. The Lancers are the last GCL South team remaining in the OHSAA playoffs.