GCL South Football Perfect In Opening Weekend


Posted on 09/02/2014 at 1:19pm

It was quite an impressive opening weekend for GCL South football, as all four member schools posted impressive victories in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

None, however, was any more notable than La Salle’s 40-21 win over rival Colerain at Miami University’s Yager Stadium last Friday night.  Junior running back Jeremy Larkin rushed 28 times for 288 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore Jarell White carried 13 times for 113 yards and three TDs.  Senior quarterback Nick Watson got into the act, too, carrying five times for 71 yards as La Salle amassed 515 yards of total offense.  The two schools had not played since the 2004 season.

Here’s a look at the other GCL South opening games:

ELDER 34, OAK HILLS 6 – Junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 9-of-12 passes for 108 yards and a score, junior running back Ja’Vahri Portis rushed 24 times for 99 yards and two TDs to earn game Most Valuable Player honors, and senior defensive back  Matt Peters returned in an interception 25 yards for a score in a 21-point third quarter for the Panthers, who traveled to Oak Hills last Friday.  Elder and Oak Hills have not played since the 2008 season, and the Panthers have now won 24 in a row in the series.

MOELLER 21, PICKERINGTON NORTH 6 – A rematch of the 2012 Division I state semifinal game, won by Moeller, 26-21, also went to the Crusaders – who are vying for a three-peat this fall.  Senior quarterback Matt Crable, making his first varsity start, connected with senior receiver Chase Pankey for a 25-yard score in the second quarter, and then rushed 14 yards for a TD in the third for the Crusaders – who have now won seven straight games.  The game was played at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

ST. XAVIER 35, EAST ST. LOUIS, ILL. 20 – Senior running back Ben Glines carried 21 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns to help St. Xavier to the season-opening victory Saturday at St. Zavier as part of the Showdown, where the Bombers own a career 14-2 record.  St. Xavier was able to overcome five fumbles, thanks to a rushing attack that racked up 207 yards on 40 carries.  The Bombers also were solid on defense, limiting East St. Louis running back Natereace Strong – a Missouri commit – to only 56 yards rushing.