St. Xavier Successfully Defends League Soccer Title
Posted on 10/14/2021 at 8:29 a.m.
Bombers Earn Second Straight Title Without Suffering Defeat
Senior Tanner Creech scored a pair of goals to help St. Xavier post a 3-1 victory against Elder on Tuesday night at RDI Stadium on St. Xavier High School’s campus in Finneytown. The victory extended St. Xavier’s streak without a loss against league competition to 12 matches, earning the Bombers a second consecutive title in the Greater Catholic League South Division. Creech leads the GCL South in scoring, with 29 total points.
St. Xavier (9-2-5, 5-0-1 GCL South) clinched at least a share of the title with a 1-0 win against Moeller eight days earlier at Xavier University, with senior Ryan Earl scoring the matches’ lone goal. The Bombers finished with an identical 5-0-1 record against league opponents last season, ending the regular season with a scoreless draw against Moeller before winning five straight postseason matches and advancing to the Division I state semifinals.
The two teams also played to a 1-1 draw this season, in a match played on September 14 at St. Xavier.
In Tuesday’s other GCL South match, Moeller defeated La Salle, 3-1, at Lancer Stadium. The Crusaders (9-5-2, 4-1-1) close the regular season by traveling to face Columbus St. Francis DeSales at 6 p.m. Saturday. La Salle (7-7-2, 1-4-1) is scheduled to play at Fairfield 7 p.m. Tuesday in the sectional tournament, while Moeller is home that same night against Western Hills. Elder (3-10-3, 0-5-1) and St. Xavier open the postseason on Saturday, October 23.
Moeller Closes Week With OT Win Against St. Ignatius
Posted on 10/11/2021 at 9:18 p.m.
Crusaders Go For Two-Point Conversion To Cap Intrastate Victory
After missing an extra point in overtime seven days earlier in a 59-58 loss at league rival Elder, Moeller opted to go for the outright victory early Saturday evening against Cleveland St. Ignatius this time around.
So, when sophomore Jordan Marshall’s 3-yard run on the Crusaders’ first OT possession narrowed the gap to 28-27, Moeller used a little trickery as senior receiver Tennel Bryant wound up hitting senior quarterback Noah Geselbracht on a reverse pass and the two-point conversion and a thrilling 29-28 win against the Northeast Ohio power at Shea Stadium in Norwood.
Moeller (6-2), which saw a first-quarter, 14-0 lead evaporate in the third quarter, needed a 10-yard TD pass from Geselbracht to junior receiver Josiah Love with 4:51 remaining to force OT. And, after St. Ignatius (4-4) scored on its first possession and converted the extra-point kick, Moeller was determined not to have the same outcome as its last game.
Geselbratcht completed 19-of-337 passes for 195 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. Bryant caught a team-high six passes for 33 yards, while senior tight end Josh Kattus – a University of Kentucky commit – had five catches for 66 yards and one score, senior receiver Kurt Thompson had four receptions for 51 yards, and Love hauled in two passes for 25 yards and the key TD.
Moeller, which travels to NE Ohio to face Lakewood St. Edward (8-0), the state’s top-ranked Division I team at 4 p.m. Saturday, also was able to run the ball effectively against St. Ignatius. Marshall carried 16 times for a team-best 95 yards, while junior Alec Weeder added 3 attempts for 73 yards. The Crusaders averaged nearly five yards per rushing attempt, and were able to overcome four turnovers.
Moeller was the last of the GCL South teams to play this week, the eighth in the 10-game Ohio regular season. On Friday night, St. Xavier (7-1, 4-0 GCL South) wrapped up its second consecutive outright league championship with a 49-14 win against La Salle. The victory was the Bombers’ 15th in the last 16 games, while La Salle (4-3, 1-1) suffered its third straight defeat. Elder (2-5) lost for the fourth time in five games, falling at home to defending Indiana Class 4A state champion and unbeaten Indianapolis Roncalli, 35-21.
St. Xavier Rebounds In Big Way, Clinches Title Outright
Posted on 10/9/2021 at 7:45 p.m.
Elder Falls To Tough Indy Team; Moeller Hosts Cleveland St. I Today
Seniors Brogan McCaughey and Charles Kellom combined to account for nearly 475 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns as St. Xavier bounced back from its only loss this season to jump out to a 28-7 lead early in the second half and ultimately increase the margin in a 49-14 victory against La Salle in a Greater Catholic League South Division game Friday night at RDI Stadium on the St. Xavier High School campus in Finneytown.
The victory gives St. Xavier (7-1, 3-0 GCL South) its second consecutive outright league championship, the first time a team has earned back-to-back coveted crowns in the GCL South since the Bombers won four in a row without a loss from 2004 to 2007. St. Xavier, the defending Division I state champion and No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press DI state rankings, has been nothing short of dominating in its three league games – outscoring the opposition by a combined margin of 150-44.
In Friday’s other GCL South game, defending Indiana Class 4A state champion and unbeaten Indianapolis Roncalli traveled to The Pit on Elder’s campus in Price Hill and posted a 35-21 win against the Panthers. Roncalli (8-0) is coached by John Rodenberg – who guided Moeller to its last two state titles in 2012 and 2013. This is Rodenberg’s second season at Roncalli, where his combined record is 21-1.
Moeller (5-2), the lone league team off Friday night, returns to Shea Stadium in Norwood this afternoon to host perennial Northeast Ohio power Cleveland St. Ignatius (4-3). Kickoff is 4 p.m. The Crusaders, led by senior quarterback Noah Geselbracht and a talented group of offensive play-makers, will attempt to rebound from last Saturday’s overtime loss to Elder, 59-58, in a crazy shootout at Elder.
St. Xavier’s offense has been explosive all season, scoring 41 or more points in six of eight games. McCaughey has been amazingly accurate, completing 108-of-155 passes (71.1 percent) for 1,737 yards, 21 TDs and no interceptions. Against La Salle, McCaughey connected on 14-of1-9 throws for 333 yards and three scores – including strikes of 55 and 33 yards, respectively, to senior Terrell McFarlin, who finished with a seven catches for a season-eight 188 yards and the three scores. Senior tight end Max Klare had four catches for 96 yards.
Kellom, an all-league performer as a junior, continues to be a consistent threat to opposing defenses. Kellom rushed 23 times for 108 yards and four TDs. Kellom has rushed for 100 or more yards in his last four games, including a season-best 210 against Moeller, and scored 11 TDs during that stretch. He has scored two or more times in each of the four games.
The Bombers’ defense also was sound against La Salle (4-3, 0-2), which has dropped three straight against a brutal schedule after opening the season 4-0. The Lancers, again playing without Indiana commit and talented running back Gi’Bran Payne, managed a total of 96 yards and seven first downs – including 23 rushing attempts for 28 yards, converting 2-of-7 on third down. La Salle scored one offensive TD, a 13-yard pass from senior Camp Cope to sophomore Mick O’Conor in the third quarter.
St. Xavier travels to NE Ohio to face St. Ignatius at 4 p.m. next Saturday, while La Salle is at Trotwood Madison at 7 p.m. next Friday. The Lancers then close GCL South play with their customary game against Elder on the final week of the regular season. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on Friday, October 22 at Lancer Stadium. The Ohio High School Athletic Association playoff pairings will be announced two days later on Sunday, October 24.
Elder (2-5), despite losses in four of its last five games, will not be a team many Region 4 schools are looking forward to facing in the postseason. The Panthers’ losses this season have come against schools with a combined record of 34-3, the latest being an undefeated Roncalli team that again is expected to content for the Hoosier state title in its enrollment classification. And Friday night’s win against the Panthers gave a good indication why the Royals are considered a legitimate threat.
Roncalli was able to slow Elder’s rushing attack, forcing the Panthers to attempt more than 50 passes and commit a pair of turnovers – allowing the Royals to hold a 14-point lead four different times. Elder managed to narrow the deficit to one score three times, too, including 28-21 when senior quarterback Ben Hambleton hooked up with senior Nick Broxterman on a 15-yard TD pass with 3:07 remaining I the game. But Roncalli responded with a game-clinching, 8-yard run by quarterback Aiden Lefler in the final two minutes.
Lefler led Roncalli, completing 9-of-15 passes for 174 yards and three scores, while back Luke Hansen carried 16 times for a team-best 105 yards. Hambleton had a huge night for Elder, connecting on 41-of-52 passes for 331 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Senior Drew Ramsey caught a season-high 18 passes for 120 yards, while senior Andrew Harp and junior Luke Flowers each had five receptions, with Broxterman catching four of Hambleton’s throws.
Hambleton leads the GCL South in passing yards, with 1,801, while Ramsey has the most catches in the league, with 70 good for 582 yards, which ranks second. Ramsey has 31 receptions in the last two games.
Elder Outlasts Moeller In Wild Saturday Shootout
Posted on 10/8/2021 at 10:21 a.m.
St Xavier, La Salle Drop Interstate Matchups One Night Earlier
The Greater Catholic League South Division wrapped up week seven of the regular season with one of the wildest games in league history early Saturday evening, as Elder scored on its first possession of overtime and converted the extra point to emerge from The Pit on its Price Hill campus with a 59-58 victory against rival Moeller in a game that featured 13 led changes, 52 total first downs and 1,100 yards of combined total offense.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Elder (2-5, 1-2 GCL South), which got big games from senior quarterback Ben Hambleton (31-of-40 for 413 yards, 4 TDs and one interception) and receivers Andrew Harp (9 catches, 156 yards, three TDs) and Justin Re (4-120-1). Senior Drew Ramsey had a team-high 13 catches for 85 yards and one score. Junior Luke Flowers was a weapon on special teams for Elder, returning six kickoffs for 223 yards – including a 97-yarder for a TD.
Moeller (5-2, 1-2), which had won five of its first six games, also was potent on offense – led by senior quarterback Noah Geselbracht – who completed 24-of-37 passes for 426 yards, a season-high six TDs and two interceptions. His favorite target was senior Tennel Bryant, who hauled in a team-best 12 passes for 175 yards and three scores. Senior Jared Merk had three catches for 103 yards and a TD, while sophomore Jordan Marshall and junior Alex Weeder had 71 and 69 yards rushing, respectively, with each scoring one TD.
After Weeder scored on a 3-yard run on Moeller’s first possession in OT, the Crusaders extra point was no good – opening the door for Elder one final time. The Panthers responded with a 26-yard TD strike from Hambleton to Harp to tie the game, 58-58, and David Maurer followed with his eighth extra point of the game to give the Panthers the victory.
The wild game came after a difficult Friday night for the GCL South, as defending Division I state champion and No. 1-ranked St. Xavier saw its 14 game winning streak come to an end with a 33-32 loss to perennial Kentucky Class 6A power Louisville Trinity at St. Xavier’s RDI Stadium. Surprisingly, the win was the first this season for Trinity (1-6), the two-time defending 6A champion in the Bluegrass state that is back at full strength after dealing with COVID-19 issues this season.
Trinity, in fact, had to cancel its scheduled game against Moeller earlier this season. St. Xavier trailed by nine points early in the third quarter, 26-17, but a pair of TDs from senior Charles Kellom – one rushing and one receiving – gave the Bombers at 32-26 lead with 3:32 remaining in the game. But Trinity was able to put together what turned out to be a game-winning drive, capped with a 1-yard scoring run by Armon Tucker with 57 seconds left.
Senior quarterback Brogan McCaughey has still yet to be intercepted this season. He connected on 17-of-28 passes for 241 yards and one TD. He now has 18 TD passes without throwing an interception. Kellom continues to have an outstanding senior season, rushing 24 times for 112 yards and two scores, while also leading the Bombers with 94 receiving yards and one score. The Bombers fell from the top spot to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press DI state poll.
A few miles down North Bend Road, the end result wasn’t any better for La Salle – which dropped its second consecutive game after opening the season 4-0. The Lancers – No. 8 in the DII state rankings – fell to undefeated Indiana power Indianapolis Cathedral, which built a 21-0 halftime lead and left Monfort Heights with a 35-7 victory. Sophomore quarterback Danny O’Meill completed 23-of-28 passes for 363 yards and four TDs, with senior receiver Michael Page catching six passes for 142 yards and a pair of scores. With senior Gi’Bran Payne sidelined for La Salle, the Lancers struggled to get their rushing game untracked – carrying 33 times for 45 yards against a stout Cathedral defense. La Salle’s lone TD came on a 1-yard run by junior quarterback Mason Mattingly in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 21-7.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Lancers, as they remain in the GCL South and travel to St. Xavier at 7 Friday night. St. Xavier is looking to win its second straight outright league championship with a victory. The Bombers beat La Salle, 24-10, last season at La Salle and finished 3-0 atop the league standings. Elder and Moeller are both have non-conference matchups, with Elder hosting defending Indiana Class 4A state champion Indianapolis Roncalli (7-0)at 7 p.m. Friday at The Pit. Moeller is back at Norwood’s Shea Stadium against perennial Northeast Ohio power Cleveland St. Ignatius (4-3) at 4 Saturday afternoon.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, GCL SOUTH & SKYLINE CHILI TO HELP ‘TACKLE HUNGER’ DURING RIVALRY GAMES
Posted on 10/1/2021 at 8:30 a.m.
CINCINNATI, September 30, 2021 - St. Vincent de Paul, the Greater Catholic League (GCL) South Division and Skyline Chili are teaming up to help tackle hunger in Greater Cincinnati through two food drives, happening at rivalry football games over the next two weekends.
Non-perishable food items will be collected during the Moeller vs. Elder matchup at The Pit on Elder’s campus (4pm on Saturday, Oct. 2), and during the LaSalle vs. St. Xavier game at St. Xavier’s RDI Stadium (7pm on Friday, Oct. 8). Each person who brings food items to donate will receive a coupon for one free cheese coney at participating Skyline Chili restaurants.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for GCL fans to support their favorite team and help families in need all at the same time,” says Kristen Gallagher, St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati Marketing & Communications Manager. “Far too many people in our community find themselves making tough decisions – like choosing between buying groceries or paying rent. The food collected at these football games will help provide meals to neighbors who turn to St. Vincent de Paul for assistance.”
Last year, over 39,000 neighbors relied on St. Vincent de Paul’s Becky & Ted Catino Choice Food Pantry (located within the Neyer Outreach Center) for help putting food on the table. Additionally, 7,800 people turned to a smaller pantry in St. Vincent de Paul’s network of 11 neighborhood food pantries for assistance.
This is the first year that St. Vincent de Paul, the GCL South and Skyline Chili have partnered to tackle hunger.
About St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati
For more than 150 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has compassionately cared for neighbors in need throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County. More than 1,200 neighborhood-based volunteers provide personal, emergency assistance for needs such as food, clothing, rent and utilities, prescription medications and much more. The heart of our mission is to bridge the spiritual, emotional and material gaps in peoples’ lives and to serve with dignity and respect.
St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati is one of hundreds of St. Vincent de Paul District Councils serving throughout the United States. For more information about our mission, outreach and services, visit SVDPcincinnati.org.