High school football: LCC defeats Upper Scioto Valley


By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Lima Central Catholic’s scores a touchdown before Upper Scioto Valley’s Chandler Leonard can make a tackle during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com.

Lima Central Catholic’s scores a touchdown before Upper Scioto Valley’s Chandler Leonard can make a tackle during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic ‘s Matt Cira tries to get the ball away from Upper Scioto Valley’s Connor Sanders during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium.

Lima Central Catholic ‘s Matt Cira tries to get the ball away from Upper Scioto Valley’s Connor Sanders during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium.


Don Speck | The Lima News

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.

On LCC’s first possession, LCC went 50 yards in six plays for a score.

Parker ran a keeper around the right corner for a 16-yard TD. That gave LCC a 7-0 lead with 6:55 left in the first quarter.

The second drive LCC went 56 yards in five plays for a TD.

This time LCC’s Keiron Bailey took a handoff off left tackle and blew through the hole for a 30-yard TD.

That pushed the LCC lead to 13-0 with 3:32 left in the first quarter.

LCC made it 20-0 on a 5-yard TD run by Parker around the right side. That capped a 12-play, 67-yard drive.

The score came with 6:28 left before the half.

Rohrs then took the following kickoff back 68 yards to the LCC 17.

On the second play of the drive, Rohrs turned the right side and sprinted for a 9-yard TD.

That brought USV within 20-6 with 5:19 left before the half.

But LCC was just getting started.

On the second play of the next drive, Parker hit Traves Hoyle on a 36-yard post pass for a TD.

That gave LCC a 27-6 lead with 4:34 left before the half.

Then, with 36 seconds left before halftime, Parker found a leaping Quintel Peoples at the very back of the end zone for a 28-yard TD pass.

That gave LCC a 34-6 lead before halftime.

Bailey got loose for a 37-yard TD to give the T-Birds a 41-6 lead, which flipped on the running clock with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

“We showed them tonight that we were more physical,” Parker said. “Then, once we got outside, we beat them with speed, too. … We realized we weren’t going far if we played like last week.’’

Lima Central Catholic’s scores a touchdown before Upper Scioto Valley’s Chandler Leonard can make a tackle during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_LCC-football-vs-USV-DS2-2.jpgLima Central Catholic’s scores a touchdown before Upper Scioto Valley’s Chandler Leonard can make a tackle during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium. See more high school football photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic ‘s Matt Cira tries to get the ball away from Upper Scioto Valley’s Connor Sanders during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_LCC-football-vs-USV-DS7-2.jpgLima Central Catholic ‘s Matt Cira tries to get the ball away from Upper Scioto Valley’s Connor Sanders during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game at Spartan Stadium. Don Speck | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

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