Sunday, August 27, 2000

LaSalle 31, Oak Hills 21




By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LaSalle delivered the message Saturday that it no longer will be the doormat of the Greater Catholic League South.

        Sparked by a 75-yard touchdown run by Christian Botts, the Lancers amassed 364 yards on the way to a 31-21 victory over Oak Hills at the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Nippert Stadium.

        “We're tired of the cellar in the GCL,” said Botts, a senior tail back. “It's our year to turn it around, and winning today was important.”

        Botts' run with 3:24 remaining in the game clinched the victory for the Lancers, who had held a three-point lead.

        “The TD play was a sweep to the left,” Botts said. “If it wasn't for the block by Matt (Knueven) I probably wouldn't have gone all the way. Once I saw the end zone, no one was going to catch me.”

        Until Oak Hills partially blocked a LaSalle punt midway through the second quarter, it appeared the Lancers were on the way to a blowout.

        They scored on their first two possessions with quarterback Reggie Watson going in from the 3 with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter and Knueven scoring on a 10-yard pass from Watson.

        But the Highlanders woke up after the partially blocked punt, recovering it at the Lancers 23.

        On the ensuing play, tailback Nick Paff took a pitchout from quarterback Rik Menchen, cut back toward the middle and rambled into the end zone, cutting the deficit to 14-7.

        Oak Hills tied the game twice (14-14 and 21-21) in the second half, but the Highlanders never led.

        Oak Hills ....... 0 7 7 7—21

        La Salle ....... 14 0 7 10—31

        L—Watson 3 run (Bowling kick)

        L—Knueven 10 pass from Watson (Watson kick)

        O—Paff 23 run (Richmond kick)

        O—Menchen 50 run (Richmond kick)

        L—Knueven 62 pass from Watson (Bowling kick)

        O—Paff 10 run (Richmond kick)

        L—Bowling 26 field goal

        L—Botts 75 run (Bowling kick)

        Records: O 0-1, L 1-0. Officials: Bob Sagers, Sr., Gary Yancy, Jon Sagers, Rick Lakes, Terry Lyons.

       



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