La Salle football starts out 2-0 after getting by Winton Woods at home

In a battle of smashmouth defenses, La Salle High School prevailed over Winton Woods at Lancer Stadium, 21-7 Friday night. For more than 39 minutes, the Lancers held the Warriors scoreless. 

Winton Woods had the lone offensive touchdown of the game but La Salle got four field goals from Mason Luensman, a pick-six from Gage Howard and a safety to hold off the Warriors for the second straight season. The last two losses Winton Woods has suffered have come at the hands of La Salle.

Winton Woods quarterback Buddy Ellery is tackled during their football game agains La Salle, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

Luensman's field goals were from 38, 34, 30 and 36 yards. Indiana-bound Gi'Bran Payne rattled off 77 yards rushing and quarterbacks Cam Cope and Mason Mattingly had 69 and 64 yards, respectively.

"Any time we get inside the 20 to be able to kick a field goal is just a big weapon for us," La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin said. 

Added Luesnman, "Coach puts that trust in me and whenever he puts it close I put it in for him."

JJ Ruffin led all defenders with 10 tackles as the Lancer defense held TyRek Spikes to 40 yards rushing. Winton Woods starting quarterback Buddy Ellery was 4-for-15 passing for 64 yards.

Winton Woods quarterback Buddy Ellery drops back to pass during their football game against La Salle, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

In relief, Logan Lawson was able to move the Warriors through the air going 8-for-18 for 167 yards. However, Tajh Landrum and Koy Beasley stifled late drives in the red zone with interceptions.

"Our defense and special teams scored enough to win," McLaughlin said. "We didn't score any offensive points tonight. The defense is just playing fast, playing physical."

The game was delayed for more than an hour due to thunderstorms and lightning in the Greater Cincinnati area Friday evening.

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