The La Salle High School football team has a rare opportunity Friday night to welcome perennial national power IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) to Lancer Stadium.
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The La Salle (Cincinnati, OH) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) today @ 7pm ET.
Two of the nation’s top-ranked high school football teams meet in Cincinnati on Friday when the High School Football America No. 21-ranked La Salle hosts Bradenton, Florida-based powerhouse, defending national champion and fifth-ranked IMG Academy.
IMG Academy is completing a weeklong swing through Ohio, which began with an unusual game Aug. 29 against Bishop Sycamore. The 58-0 rout — which was more lopsided than the final score indicates — has much in the way of bearing on Friday’s showdown at La Salle.
Lancers coach Pat McLaughlin told the Cincinnati Inquirer his coaching staff “didn’t get much out of” the game film from IMG’s easy win.
Conversely, La Salle opened with a pair of highly competitive games against local opponents Colerain and Winton Woods. The Lancers won 20-14 and 21-7 behind a hard-nosed defense that can expect a serious test against the talented Ascenders.
IMG Academy boasts a roster full of blue-chip college prospects, as usual, including Florida State quarterback commit AJ Duffy and Penn State running-back pledge Kaytron Allen. Duffy’s new to the Ascenders offense, but Allen scored nine rushing touchdowns for the 2020 national champs.
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin said the Lancers aren’t going to get caught up in the recruiting rankings for IMG Academy but simply want to give their best effort entering the third consecutive home game at Lancer Stadium.
“They’re a great team, they’re a great opponent,” McLaughlin said. “We play nine other great opponents this year. And again we’ll go out there and play as hard as we can as long as we can and see what happens on Friday night.”
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