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OXFORD, Ohio – The 17th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown had a common denominator between both games Friday, and that was offense.
After watching Lakota West and Loveland score 95 total points, La Salle followed that up with an offensive performance of its own by upsetting Colerain, 40-21 at Miami University’s Yager Stadium.
Colerain (0-1) had its 27-game regular season winning streak snapped. The Cardinals are the second-ranked team in their entire Division I region and are favored to win the Greater Miami Conference.
The difference between this game and the first game of the doubleheader was its one-sidedness.
La Salle (1-0) dominated on both sides of the football. The Lancers outgained the Cardinals 515-139, and actually held Colerain to only 38 yards on 12 plays in the first half.
Colerain scored two touchdowns in the first half, one on special teams and one on defense. Senior Jordan Asberry returned the kickoff 97 yards in the first quarter, and senior Jeff Christian returned an interception 77 yards.
“We have a really good defensive coordinator in John Cupps, who does a masterful job,” said La Salle head coach Nate Moore. “We were disciplined and pretty fast.”
Offensively, La Salle junior running back Jeremy Larkin was the team Most Valuable Player after gaining 288 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
“I have to give credit to the offensive line because they did well,” Larkin said. “I have watched film for I don’t know how many days, so I felt like I came into this game really prepared.”
The 5-feet-11 running back opened the scoring for the Lancers in the first quarter when he capped off a two-play, 18-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run.
He followed that up with a 55-yard touchdown run two minutes later to make the score 14-7 after Asberry returned the kickoff for Colerain.
Colerain’s Christian returned the interception late in the first quarter to tie the score at 14, but that was as close at the Cardinals would come to the Lancers again as both offensively and defensively the Lancers to control of the game.
“There is not one guy that really stood out,” Moore said. “It was a team effort. Everybody took their turn, which is what you want.”
La Salle sophomore running Jarell White rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns. The La Salle offense only threw the ball six times in the game.
The Colerain offense struggled at times and showed signs of being very inexperienced. The offensive unit looked like it made adjustments at halftime as it drove the football to the La Salle 1-yard line on its opening possession to start the second half, but the Cardinals fumbled on third and goal. That was one of three Colerain turnovers on the night.
Senior quarterback Spencer Henn was expected to see playing time for Colerain, but junior quarterback DeShaunte Jones took all the snaps under center. Jones finished the game with 92 yards rushing and a touchdown.
La Salle will look to continue its offensive explosiveness against East Central, while Colerain looks to rebound against St. Xavier on the road.