High school football: LCC dominates Edon to reach regional finals


By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Lima Central Catholic’s Traves Hoyle Jr. runs back a kickoff during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game against Edon in Findlay.

Lima Central Catholic’s Traves Hoyle Jr. runs back a kickoff during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game against Edon in Findlay.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Ethan Frankhouser, left, and Payne Cutlip tackle Edon’s Gannon Ripke during Saturday night’s Division VII regional semifinal in Findlay.

Lima Central Catholic’s Ethan Frankhouser, left, and Payne Cutlip tackle Edon’s Gannon Ripke during Saturday night’s Division VII regional semifinal in Findlay.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

FINDLAY — Lima Central Catholic completely dominated a wild and wacky playoff game.

The T-Birds ran at will and added an interception and a kickoff return for TDs.

It added up to a LCC 61-26 steamrolling victory over Edon in the Division VII, Region 26, football semifinals Saturday at Donnell Stadium.

LCC (11-2) advances to the regional finals against the Hopewell-Loudon/McComb winner at 7 p.m. Saturday at a site to be named.

LCC ran for 369 yards and needed to throw only four passes.

“We had something we thought we could do and give our guys credit, the offensive line, the receivers, they all did a great job blocking,” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “They opened the hole and Carson (Parker) hit it. It was a great offensive game for our guys.’’

Edon is 11-2.

LCC quarterback Carson Parker ran the option and straight sweeps for 10 yards at a pop.

Then, Parker handed the ball to Keiron Bailey and he gobbled up yardage, as well.

Traves Hoyle Jr. returned a kickoff 84 yards for a TD.

And to top off the half, LCC’s Jamarion Robinson picked off a pass in the flat at the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a TD.

For the game, Parker had 20 carries for 235 yards and four TDs. He had TD runs of 10, 19, 3 and 50 yards.

“That was a lot of fun,” LCC offensive tackle Drew Hubbard said. “We wanted to keep that clock running. … That was actually a perfect game (for the offensive line).’’

In the air, Parker completed 3 of 4 for 40 yards with one TD.

Bailey had 16 carries for 99 yards with a 30-yard TD.

“We were going to be physical and make them tackle us and control the ball,” Palte said. “We wanted to shorten their number of possessions. We did a great job of being physical all night, offense and defense.’’

Edon quarterback Drew Gallehue entered with 4,650 yards passing with 55 TDs.

And while Gallehue completed 25 of 41 for 329 yards with three TDs, the Bombers had no answer for stopping the LCC running game.

LCCC went 61 yards in 10 plays to score the first time it touched the ball.

Parker swept the right side for a 10-yard TD to give LCC a 7-0 lead with 4:08 left in the first quarter.

Gallehue hit Henley Dye with a 4-yard TD pass to get within 7-6 with 2:07 left in the first quarter.

Hoyle returned the kickoff 84 yards for a TD when he hit a jet stream around the 50-yard line.

That pushed the LCC lead to 13-6 with 1:54 left in the first quarter.

Robinson next stepped in front of an Edon receiver, wrestled the ball away from him and went 100 yards for a TD.

“That was a back breaker,” Palte said of the interception for a TD. “That was a momentum-changing play.’’

That gave LCC a 20-6 lead with no time left in the first quarter.

LCC then went 61 yards in four plays for a TD. Bailey turned the right side for a 30-yard TD to finish the drive.

LCC now led 26-6 with 9:31 left in the first half.

Palte gave full credit to the LCC offensive line, which carved holes in the Edon defensive line.

“It was an incredible job by the offensive line,” Palte said.

Parker scored on a 19-yard TD to give LCC a 33-6 lead with 4:46 left in the half.

Gannon Ripke ran back a kickoff 76 yards for a TD to bring Edon with 33-12 with 4:31 left in the half.

Ripke, who ran past LCC defensive backs most of the night, had 10 catches for 163 yards.

Parker’s 3-yard TD gave LCC a 40-12 lead with 56 seconds left in the half.

Edon was driving in the final minutes of the half, but Gallehue was picked off by Gabe Cira at the LCC 26 and returned it to the Edon 28.

LCC needed one play to score again when Parker hit Hoyle for a 28-yard TD, who spun out of trouble at the 10 for the TD.

That gave LCC a 47-12 lead with five seconds left in the half.

Lima Central Catholic’s Traves Hoyle Jr. runs back a kickoff during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game against Edon in Findlay.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_LCC-vs-Edon-VB-003-3.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Traves Hoyle Jr. runs back a kickoff during Saturday night’s Division VII playoff game against Edon in Findlay. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Ethan Frankhouser, left, and Payne Cutlip tackle Edon’s Gannon Ripke during Saturday night’s Division VII regional semifinal in Findlay.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_LCC-vs-Edon-VB-002-3.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Ethan Frankhouser, left, and Payne Cutlip tackle Edon’s Gannon Ripke during Saturday night’s Division VII regional semifinal in Findlay. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

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