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No. 20 La Salle escapes Moller in overtime | USA Today High School Sports

La Salle quarterback Nick Watson. (Photo: The Cincinnati Enquirer/Sam Greene)

La Salle quarterback Nick Watson scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime. (Photo: The Cincinnati Enquirer/Sam Greene)

La Salle (Cincinnati) senior quarterback Nick Watson bounced outside for a 19-yard touchdown around the left side, and the No. 20 Lancers beat Moeller (Cincinnati), 13-7, Friday night in overtime at Lockland Stadium in Cincinnati.

It was the first lead of the game for La Salle (6-0).

La Salle stopped Moeller on fourth-and goal from the 1, giving the Lancers a chance to win it.

Moeller senior Matt Coghlin missed a 34-yard field goal with left 12 seconds to play that likely would have won it.

La Salle had second-half chances too.

A 75-yard kickoff return through the middle by Jeremy Larkin on the opening kick of the second half led to zero points and the Lancers could not convert a fumble recovery by junior Harell White at the Moeller 10 in the third quarter when Drue Chrisman missed a 31-yard field goal for La Salle.

The Lancers tied the game in the fourth when White dove in from a yard out on fourth-and-goal with 9:44 remaining in regulation.

Moeller held the ball much of the first half in an effort to keep the La Salle offense off the field and the plan worked. The Crusaders held the ball for 18 minutes of the first half and limited the Lancers to three possessions and six minutes with the ball.

The Moeller scoring drive took 7:16 off the clock and MacVittie hit Matt Dotson in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 2:10 remaining in the second quarter. The drive covered 80 yards and followed a missed 40-yard field goal attempt by La Salle senior Drue Chrisman, who was online but just short into a stiff wind.

Moeller senior Matt Coghlin missed a 36-yard attempt wide right into that same wind in the first quarter to stall Moeller’s game-opening drive. The Crusaders had the ball more than eight minutes on that drive.

Moeller outgained La Salle 190-65 in the first half and limited Jeremy Larkin to five yards on three carries, but the time of possession was the key stat. MacVittie completed 8 of 13 passes for 84 yards in the first half.

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