La Salle (Cincinnati) football coach Jim Hilvert stood with his team and raised his voice above the pelting of raindrops at Lancer Stadium.
“I’m so proud of my guys,” Hilvert said. “…What a great signature win.”
La Salle senior punter Drue Chrisman kicked a 41-yard field goal with 10.7 seconds left as the host Lancers defeated Colerain 39-36 Friday night.
La Salle (3-0), the reigning Division II state champions, is ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer Division II area coaches’ poll.
Colerain (2-1) is ranked No. 9 in the Super 25 football rankings and No. 1 in The Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll.
UC coach Tommy Tuberville and multiple media outlets were in attendance at a packed Lancer Stadium.
The game featured plenty of offense and playmakers on both sides of the ball. Colerain had 468 yards of total offense while La Salle had 310 yards.
Colerain senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones had 210 net yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also threw for a touchdown. His 80-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter gave the Cardinals a 26-22 lead with 2:07 left in the third quarter.
Colerain senior kicker Christian Dinevski had a 50-yard field goal that extended the Cardinals’ lead to 29-22 as the third quarter ended.
La Salle junior Jarell White then stole the show for the Lancers in the fourth quarter. He scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 29-28. Then at the 9:24 mark of the fourth, White forced a fumble and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown.
White had a game-high 10.5 tackles for the game.
Ben Braebender caught a pass from Nick Watson to complete the two-point conversion and the Lancers lead 36-29. Watson had 128 net yards rushing for the game. He had a touchdown in the first quarter.
But the Cardinals didn’t fold.
Jones had a 1-yard touchdown to complete an 8-play, 80-yard drive and Dinenvski’s critical extra point tied the game at 36 with 6:14 left. That score was helped set up by junior Monalo Caldwell’s 41-yard run during that drive. He had 154 net rushing yards. He had a touchdown in the second quarter.
The teams exchanged punts and the Lancers had the ball at the Colerain 49 with 1:20 left. Chrisman’s 41-yard field goal completed a 7-play, 25-yard drive.
The La Salle defense held in the final seconds and a celebration ensued for La Salle supporters at midfield after the clock expired.
Colerain leads the all-time series against La Salle, 11-10.
Friday was a rematch of the 2014 season opener in which La Salle won 40-21 in a game at Miami University. Last season was the first football game between the schools since 2004.
The two programs agreed in 2014 for a home-and-home series starting in 2015. The 2016 game is tentatively scheduled at Colerain for September next season.
La Salle 7-0-15-17–39
L-Watson 28 run (Chrisman kick)
C-Johnson 4 run (Dinevski kick)
C-Caldwell 5 run (kick failed)
L-Braebender 20 pass from Watson (Chrisman kick)
C-Leyendecker 27 pass from Jones (kick failed)
L-White 1 run (Larkin run)
C-Jones 80 run (Dinevski kick)
C-FG Dinevski 50
L-White 5 run (kick failed)
L-White 90 fumble recovery (Braebender pass from Watson)
C-Jones 1 run (Dinevski run)
L-FG Chrisman 41
Records: C 2-1, L 3-0