GCL South Football Posts Big Friday Night

09/12/2014

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.