Posted on 09/16/2014 at 11:35am 

Tonight’s soccer matches between Moeller and St. Xavier have been moved to 4 p.m. for the junior varsity, followed by the varsity match at approximately 5:45.  The games will be played at Moeller High School.  The Crusaders (4-2-3 overall, 2-0-0 in GCL South) are in sole possession of first place in the league, with St. Xavier (5-2-3, 1-1-0) and Elder (3-3-0, 1-1-0) one game off the pace.  The matches were originally scheduled for 4:30 and 6:15, respectively, but have been moved up to avoid any issues with darkness.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and Senior Citizens.

Posted 09/13/2014 at 9:14am

The four Greater Catholic League South Division schools split non-conference games on Friday, with La Salle and Moeller winning road games against two schools from Southwest Ohio.  Elder and St. Xavier, however, suffered their first setbacks of the season, both coming against reputed out-of-state competition.  Elder led early before falling to McDonough, a four-time Maryland state champion located in Owings Mills, while St. Xavier fell in double overtime to perennial national power Brentwood Academy (TN) on the road.  Here is a look at Friday’s GCL South games:

La Salle 41, Princeton 0 – Junior quarterback Nick Watson connected with junior receiver Josh Gebing on a 69-yard touchdown passes just 17 seconds into the game Friday night at Princeton, and junior running back Jeremy Larkin scored three times – giving him eight TDs in three games – as the Lancers stayed perfect with their second consecutive shutout.  Larkin scored on runs of three, five and 25 yards, carrying only eight times for 57 yards. Sophomore White Jarrell led La Salle, rushing five times for 100 yards and one score.  The Lancers, who shut out East Central, 48-0, last week,  will attempt to move to 4-0 when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face Bishop Dwenger, which defeated La Salle, 31-24, at La Salle last September.

Moeller 55, Xenia 7 – The two-time defending Division I state champion scored on its first five possessions in the first quarter and turned in another strong defensive performance to win Friday night in Xenia.  Moeller, which has now allowed only 13 points in three games, got four touchdowns passes from senior Matt Crable on its first four possessions.  Crable, who connected with four different receivers on the scoring strikes, finished 12-of-16 for 155 yards before coming out of the game in the second quarter.  The Crusaders’ defense held Xenia (2-1) to nine first downs and 129 total yards.  Moeller, No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll and winner of nine straight, travels to face Louisville St. Xavier next Friday.

McDonough (MD) 28, Elder 14 – The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but McDonough (3-1) came back to tie the game and then score twice in the fourth quarter to defeat the Panthers Friday night at The Pit.  Junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey had another solid performance for Elder, going 23-of-37 for 197 yards and one TD. Junior Nick Hall also had another big game, catching 10 passes for 131 yards and one score – a 10-yard reception that gave Elder its early 14-0 lead.  The Panthers, though, were unable to get untracked running the ball – carrying 29 times for only 76 yards, a 2.6-yard average.  McDonough’s game winning score was a 51-yard pass from Jansen Durham to Michae Cornwell with 7:59 remaining in the game.  It doesn’t get any easier for Elder, which welcomes Ohio Division I power Lakewood St. Edward to The Pit next Saturday night.

Brentwood Academy (TN) 30, St. Xavier 27 (2 OT) – Senior running back Ben Glines scored on two fourth-quarter touchdown runs to force overtime and, after St. Xavier had taken a 27-24 lead in the second OT, Brentwood Academy’s Jeremiah Oatsvall found Carson King in the end zone for a 8-yard TD pass to hand St. Xavier its first loss Friday night in Tennessee.  The Bombers got a big night from Glines, a Boston College commit, who carried 29 times for 167 yards and two scores – the first a 46-yard run with 10:49 remaining in the game.  St. Xavier took a 27-24 lead in the second OT on a 22-yard field goal by senior Myles Homer, his second straight converted field goal, but was unable to stop Brentwood Academy (4-0) from scoring the game winner.  St. Xavier faces another interstate test next Friday, when the Bombers travel to face Indianapolis Cathedral.

Here is a look at the GCL South games this coming week:

La Salle at Bishop Dwenger (IN), 7:30 p.m.
Moeller at Louisville St. Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
St. Xavier at Indianapolis Cathedral, 8 p.m.
Lakewood St. Edward at Elder, 7 p.m.​

Posted 09/02/2014 at 10:32am

The four Greater Catholic League South Division football teams remained unbeaten after two weeks of the season, combining to outscore the opposition by a combined 169-33 last Friday night in non-conference games.  Both two-time defending state champion Moeller and La Salle posted shutouts, while Elder hit the 50-point mark for the first time in seven years, and St. Xavier looked impressive for a second straight week.

Here is a summary of a big Friday night for the GCL South:

Elder 51, Lakota West 21 – Panthers junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey had a huge night, completing 13-of-17 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing 12 times for 115 yards and another score.  Junior tailback Ja’Vahri Portis went over 100 yards for the second straight game, carrying 23 times for 109 yards and three TDs.  Ramsey’s favorite target was junior Nick Hall, who caught five passes for 144 yard as Elder racked up 483 total yards.  The last time Elder scored more than 50 points was in a 52-27 playoff victory over Centerville on November 1, 2008.

La Salle 48, East Central 0 – For the second straight week, the Lancers’ offense was the story.  A week after racking up 515 yards in a 40-21 win over rival Colerain, La Salle was at it again – totaling 389 yards behind junior quarterback Nick Watson, who completed 7-of-10 passes for 111 yards and two scores.  Junior running back Jeremy Larkin, who ran for a career-high 288 yards against Colerain, had 88 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.  The Lancers’ defense also was strong, allowing just 50 total yards.  La Salle looks to go 3-0 for the second straight season at Princeton Friday  night.

Moeller 39, Covington Catholic 0 – Moeller has been extremely impressive in its first two games – outscoring Pickerington North in week one and Covington Catholic, 60-6.  Against CovCath, which came in 2-0, Moeller amassed almost 500 yards total offense.  Senior quarterback Matt Crable – who connected on 14-of-22 passes for 274 yards and two TDs.  His favorite target was senior Chase Pankey, who had five catches for 73 yards, including a 35-yard TD reception.  Junior Demitrius Yett rushed 15 times for 147 yards and one TD in the Crusaders’ eighth straight win.

St. Xavier 31, Colerain 12 – Coach Steve Specht’s Bombers again relied on a sound rushing game and solid defense to post a win in what has become one of Greater Cincinnati’s best early-season matchups every fall.  Junior Sean Prophit rushed for a team-high 144 yards and one TD on 21 carries as St. Xavier totaled 250 yards on the ground and averaged 7.1 yards per carry.  Meanwhile, the St. Xavier defense – which slowed East St. Louis’ high-powered offensive attack in a week on victory - held Colerain’s high-flying option to just 248 total yards and only two scores.

The GCL South will try and make it three perfect weeks in a row.

Here is a look at tonight's schedule of games:

La Salle at Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
McDonough (MD) at Elder, 7 p.m.
Moeller at Xenia, 7 p.m.
St. Xavier at Brentwood Academy (TN), 8 p.m.

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 12:51pm

After an impressive 4-0 start to the regular season last week, the four Greater Catholic League South Division football teams will try and stay perfect tonight.  All are hosting non-conference games, including Moeller facing Covington Catholic at 7 p.m. at Lockland Memorial Stadium.  CovCath is off to a 2-0 start, having soundly defeated Boone County and Dixie Heights in its first two games. Moeller  - the two-time defending Division I state champion - defeated Pickerington North, 21-6, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, in a rematch of the 2012 Division I state semifinals.

La Salle hosts East Central at 7 p.m. at Lancer Stadium.  The Lancers are coming off an impressive 40-21 victory over rival Colerain last Friday at Miami University’s Yager Stadium.  :a Salle racked up 515 yards total offense in the win, including a career-high 288 yards rushing and three touchdowns from junior Jeremy Larkin.  East Central lost its season opener, 21-17, at Harrison.

Elder hosts Lakota West at 7 p.m. at The Pit, in a game between two playoff teams from a year ago.  The Panthers renewed their rivalry with Oak Hills last Friday, posting a 34-6 victory on the road.      Junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 9-of-12 passes for 108 yards and one TD.  Lakota West is coming off a 49-46 victory over defending Division II state champion Loveland.

St. Xavier hosts Colerain at 7 p.m. at St. Xavier Stadium.  This game has become of the best early-season matchups every year between perennial playoff teams.  Colerain is young and looking to rebound from the loss to La Salle, while St. Xavier is hoping to continue its strong rushing led by senior Ben Glines and stout defense – which led to a 35-20 win over East St. Louis last Saturday afternoon.

Posted on 09/02/2014 at 4:33pm

Both the La-Salle vs. Moeller and Elder vs. Covington Catholic soccer matches for tonight have been postponed because of soggy field conditions.  La Salle-Moeller will be played Wednesday at Kolping Park, with the junior varsity at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7.  No make-up date has yet been scheduled for Elder-Covington Catholic.
The St. Xavier at Mason matches are still on for tonight, with junior varsity at 5 and the varsity at 7.

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