GCL South Football Splits Games Friday Night


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.​