Mount Healthy lost to La Salle Friday, 38-6, in a Division II regional final played at Mason High School. It's the second season in a row that the Owls have lost in the regional final.
Mount Healthy quarterback David Montgomery rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries but couldn't find the end zone.
La Salle junior running Jeremy Larkin rushed for 265 yards on 25 attempts with two touchdowns.
Mount Healthy has won 23 games (against 3 losses) in the last two seasons.
Mount Healthy (12-0) is back into the Division II regional final game this season. The Owls face top-ranked La Salle (11-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Mason High School.
Mount Healthy bounced Kings, 47-14, in the regional semifinal.
Harrison's season came to an end last Friday when the Wildcats lost to La Salle, 56-24.
La Salle and Mount Healthy have two of the best rushing attacks in the state.
Mount Healthy is one year removed from a regional final appearance in which the Owls took eventual state champion Loveland to the wire but lost, 35-28.
Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
1 La Salle (10-1) vs. 5 Harrison (8-3) at Hamilton
2 Mount Healthy (11-0) vs. 3 Kings (11-0) at Lakota West
Mount Healthy and Harrison both advanced in the Division II state playoffs. Mount Healthy beat Tecumseh, 39-0. Harrison upset Lima Senior with a game-winning touchdown at the buzzer, 37-36.
Northwest lost to Kings, 42-7. Knights completed their fourth straight winning season.
Talawanda lost to Wapakoneta, 49-14.
Mount Healthy will face Kings in the second round at a site and time to be determined. Harrison will take on top-seeded La Salle.
Maurice Thomas (Talawanda) and David Montgomery (Mt. Healthy) split offensive player of the year honors in the SWOC. Mt. Healthy senior linebacker Danny Johnson was named defensive player of the year, and Mt. Healthy coach Arvie Crouch took coach of the year.
Mount Healthy has won the SWOC three years in a row.