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Posted on 9/23/2017 at 10:02 a.m.

Lengthy La Salle String Is Over; Elder Faces Tough Challenge Today

St. Xavier used a stingy defense and got two touchdowns each from Matthew Fox and Chase Wolf on its way to a 30-7 victory over Moeller in the Greater Catholic League South Division opener for both schools Friday night before a sold-out crowd at Roettger Stadium in Lockland.  St. Xavier (5-0, 1-0 GCL South), ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll and No. 2 in the Associated Press Division I state rankings) has now won 11 straight games and is off to its first 5-0 start since the 2007 season – when the Bombers finished a perfect 15-0.  No. 2 Moeller (3-2, 0-1) was held to less than 200 yards offense for the first time this season.

Here is the complete game story from Mike Dyer of WCPO.com.

While St. Xavier extended its streak, La Salle suffered its first loss in 16 games with an 18-15 loss to unbeaten Winton Woods (5-0) Friday night at Lancer Stadium.  La Salle (4-1) entered the game ranked No. 1 in both the state and local Division II polls, having not lost a game since last September – a 31-18 setback at Christian Brothers, Tenn.  La Salle took a 7-5 lead into the fourth quarter before Winton Woods’ Kenny Mayberry and Miyan Williams each scored rushing TDs to give the Warriors an 18-7 lead.  La Salle had only allowed two touchdowns in its first four games before Friday night.  The Lancers face Moeller in their GCL opener next Friday in Lockland.

Elder (3-1) is the last GCL South team to play this week, and the Panthers have a huge test.  Elder hosts Cleveland St. Ignatius (4-0), Ohio’s top-ranked Division I team, at 2 p.m. today at The Pit in Price Hill.  The last time these two schools met was in the 2008 state championship game, when St. Ignatius prevailed, 28-20.  No. 4 Elder is looking to rebound from a 40-7 loss to Lakewood St. Edward last Saturday in Greater Cleveland.  Elder will rely on a balanced offense, with Luke Masminster third in the league in rushing yards, with 282, and Kyle Trischler second in receiving yards, with 325.

Elder opens its GCL South schedule at St. Xavier at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Posted on 9/22/2017 at 5:57 p.m.

Elder, La Salle Face Difficult Non-Conference Tests In Week Five Games

The highly anticipated Greater Catholic League South Division football season kicks off tonight with a marquee matchup, with defending Division I state champion and No. 1-ranked St. Xavier (4-0) putting its 10-game winning streak on the line when it travels to Lockland to oppose Moeller (3-1) in a game that features two quarterbacks who have combined to throw for more than 1,600 yards, 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the first four games.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Roettger Stadium, which is Moeller’s home field.  The game is sold out.

Elder and La Salle don’t open their GCL South schedules until next week, but the two schools both have difficult matchups in week five.  La Salle (4-0), the three-time defending Division II State champion and winner of a Cincinnati-best 15 consecutive games, hosts Winton Woods (4-0) tonight.  Kickoff is 7 at Lancer Stadium.  Elder (3-1), which suffered its first loss last Saturday in Cleveland against undefeated Lakewood St. Edward, 40-7, hosts the state’s top-ranked Division I team in Cleveland St. Ignatius (4-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Pit in Price Hill.

St. Xavier and Moeller, holding down the top two spots, respectively, in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll, are led by talented quarterbacks putting up impressive numbers.  The Bombers’ senior Chase Wolf, a University of Wisconsin commit, has completed 69-of-100 passes for 743 yards, nine TDs and no interceptions.  Wolf has been solid in the clutch, too, engineering two fourth-quarter scoring drives to help St. Xavier erase a 14-0 deficit in week two at Colerain.  Wolf later scored on a 1-yard TD run to give St. Xavier a 20-17 overtime road victory.  Wolf was 21-of-30 for 284 yards and four TDs in St. Xavier’s win over Indianapolis Cathedral last week.

Junior Miles McBride leads the GCL South in passing yards and TDs, having completed 55-of-72 passes (76.2 percent) with 16 TDs and just two interceptions.  In the Crusaders’ 55-6 win against Lexington Lafayette last Friday, McBride was 9-of-11 for 184 yards and a career-best five TDs.  He has tossed four TD passes in Crusader wins over Hamilton and Scott County, Ky., and threw three scoring passes against Louisville Trinity – Moeller’s lone defeat, a 38-30 setback in Louisville two weeks ago.

La Salle is looking to extend its current streak and head into its GCL South opener against Moeller next week with momentum.  The Lancers have been strong on defense, allowing just 17 points in four games while pitching two shutouts and holding Colerain’s high-powered offense to a field goal in a 7-3 victory in week one.  Brody Ingle (36), Jarred Uran (35) and Garrett Bledsoe (33) are the top three tacklers in the GCL South.  La Salle is looking to extend its winning streak to four against a talent-laden Winton Woods team that is ranked No. 2 behind La Salle in The Enquirer’s Division II area coaches’ poll.  The Lancers won 20-13 last year at Winton Woods.

Elder is looking to rebound from its first loss.  The No. 4 Panthers host St. Ignatius, which moved ahead of St. Xavier into the top spot in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings.  The Wildcats, who spent much of last season in that spot and advanced to the state title game before losing to St. Xavier in double OT, have not played Elder since the 2008 state final – a 28-20 St. Ignatius victory.  Elder, too, is looking to regain its dominance at The Pit – named one of the best places to watch a high school football game by USA Today.  The Panthers have lost three of their last six games played at home.

Posted on 9/19/2017 at 4:54 p.m.

All Four Schools Would Host First-Round Games If FB Playoffs Started Today

An impressive 14-2 record against non-conference opponents has all four Greater Catholic League South Division football teams in position to host first-round games, according to the first weekly computer ratings released earlier today by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  The weekly ratings are released each Tuesday from week five of the regular season through October 29, when 224 teams will officially qualify for the playoffs in seven divisions.  Each division has four regions, with the top eight finishers earning postseason berths and the top four hosting first-round games.

Defending Division state champion St. Xavier (4-0), winner of 10 consecutive games dating back to last October, is No. 1 in Division I, Region 4 with an average of 10.775 points.  The Bombers open GCL South play Friday by facing No. 2 Moeller (3-1), which has an 8.125 average, at 7 p.m. a Lockland’s Roettger Field.  Sycamore (3-1), with a 7.6 average, is third in the region, with GCL South member Elder at No. 4, with an average of 7.375.  Lakota East (3-1), Mason (3-1), Milford (3-1) and Fairfield (2-2) hold down spots five through eight, while Colerain – which has won its last two games after starting 0-2 – is ninth.  

La Salle (4-0), the three-time defending Division II state champion and winner of 15 consecutive games, holds the top spot in Region 8.  The Lancers have an average of 12.725 points, followed by Anderson (4-0, 11.35), Winton Woods (4-0, 9.45) and Sidney (4-0, 9.375).  Dayton Belmont (4-0), Harrison (3-1), Edgewood (3-1) and Marion Harding (3-1) round out the top eight spots, respectively.  La Salle can further entrench its hold on the No. 1 position if it can defeat Winton Woods Friday.  Kickoff between the two unbeatens is 6 p.m. at Lancer Stadium on the La Salle High School camps.

The complete report showing all teams in every region is posted here

Posted on 9/17/17 at 12:40 p.m.

GCL South Posts Combined 14-2 Non-League Record In First Four Weeks

Lakewood St. Edward rushed 40 times for 281 yards, an average of seven yards per carry, and four touchdowns to post a 40-7 victory against Elder Saturday night at Bedford High School in Greater Cleveland.  The loss was the first this season for the Panthers (3-1), ranked No. 2 behind St. Xavier in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll.  The loss was only the second in four weeks for the four Greater Catholic League South teams, which own an  impressive 14-2 record against non-league opponents this season.

No. 3 Moeller (3-1) and No. 1 St. Xavier (4-0), the defending Division I state champion and winner of 10 straight games, open GCL South play at 7 p.m. Friday at Lockland’s Roettger Field.  St. Xavier is also the top-ranked team in the latest Associated Press Division I state rankings, with St. Edward No. 4 and Elder No. 7.  La Salle (4-0) , which holds the top spot in the AP state rankings and in The Enquirer’s latest coaches’ rankings at the Division II level, owns Greater Cincinnati’s longest winning streak at 15 games.  The Lancers host unbeaten Winton Woods (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Lancers Stadium.

It doesn’t get any easier this week for Elder, which fell behind St. Edward by a score of 33-0 minutes into the third quarter.  The Panthers were held to just 17 yards rushing on 15 attempts, while St. Edward also forced a pair of interceptions in limiting the Elder offense to 177 total yards.  Elder now prepares to face another Greater Cleveland talent-laden team, when it hosts Division I state runner-up St. Ignatius (4-0) – ranked No. 2 in the AP state poll  - at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Pit in Price Hill.  The two teams haven’t met since the Division I state final in 2008, a game that St. Ignatius won, 28-20.

Posted on 9/17/17 at 12:40 p.m.

GCL South Posts Combined 14-2 Non-League Record In First Four Weeks

Lakewood St. Edward rushed 40 times for 281 yards, an average of seven yards per carry, and four touchdowns to post a 40-7 victory against Elder Saturday night at Bedford High School in Greater Cleveland.  The loss was the first this season for the Panthers (3-1), ranked No. 2 behind St. Xavier in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll.  The loss was only the second in four weeks for the four Greater Catholic League South teams, which own an  impressive 14-2 record against non-league opponents this season.

No. 3 Moeller (3-1) and No. 1 St. Xavier (4-0), the defending Division I state champion and winner of 10 straight games, open GCL South play at 7 p.m. Friday at Lockland’s Roettger Field.  St. Xavier is also the top-ranked team in the latest Associated Press Division I state rankings, with St. Edward No. 4 and Elder No. 7.  La Salle (4-0) , which holds the top spot in the AP state rankings and in The Enquirer’s latest coaches’ rankings at the Division II level, owns Greater Cincinnati’s longest winning streak at 15 games.  The Lancers host unbeaten Winton Woods (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Lancers Stadium.

It doesn’t get any easier this week for Elder, which fell behind St. Edward by a score of 33-0 minutes into the third quarter.  The Panthers were held to just 17 yards rushing on 15 attempts, while St. Edward also forced a pair of interceptions in limiting the Elder offense to 177 total yards.  Elder now prepares to face another Greater Cleveland talent-laden team, when it hosts Division I state runner-up St. Ignatius (4-0) – ranked No. 2 in the AP state poll  - at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Pit in Price Hill.  The two teams haven’t met since the Division I state final in 2008, a game that St. Ignatius won, 28-20.

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