LIMA — Lima Central Catholic’s offense was back in sync.
After the offense struggled in a Week 1 playoff win over Crestview, LCC was back to power football.
LCC cruised to a 47-14 victory over Upper Scioto Valley in the quarterfinals of the Division VII, region 26, football playoffs Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
LCC (10-2) advances to the regional semifinals against the Edon (10-1)/Antwerp (9-2) winner at 7 p.m. Saturday at a site to be named. USV ends its year 10-2.
“We wanted to come out and be more physical and try to control the line of scrimmage,” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “I thought last week we tried to throw too much and didn’t establish the inside game. The offensive line takes pride in that (the inside game).
“I thought Carson (Parker) and Keiron (Bailey) both ran up inside and the line did a great job of opening up holes. Our guys ran hard and blocked well.’’
The LCC offense revolved around the passing and running of quarterback Carson Parker.
Parker completed 7 of 11 for 108 yards and two TD passes. On the ground, Parker had 16 carries for 126 yards and two TDs.
“We got the running game going first, then we got the passing game going once they brought everyone into the box and we threw it over the top,” Parker said.
LCC running back Keiron Bailey added 133 yards on 15 carries, with a 30-yard TD.
Quintel Peoples had four carries for 48 yards and two catches for 43 yards with a TD.
The run-happy Rams came in featuring Jackson Rohrs (1,977 yards) and Connor Sanders (1,333 yards) in the Wing-T attack.
Until the fourth quarter, LCC’s defense did a good job denying Rohrs and Sanders the breakaway run.
Rohrs finished with 96 yards on 18 carries with a 9-yard TD. Sanders had 57 yards on 13 carries with a 5-yard TD.
“Those are two excellent backs and they’re the two best backs we’ve seen all year,” Palte said of USV. “Those guys run hard and are fast and we did a good job of making them work for their yards.’’
Added LCC defensive lineman Connor Gephart, “We knew it was going to be a battle in the offensive and defensive lines. We practiced all week on getting a lot more physical. … I think we were more physical and more disciplined.’’
LCC led 13-0 after the first quarter and pulled out to a 34-6 lead at the half.
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