GCL South Teams Hit Road For Big Friday Night


Posted on 09/192014 at 4:20pm                        

Three of the four GCL South Division football teams travel to neighboring states tonight for key non-league matchups, while Elder stays home to face the No. 1-ranked team in the country (according to MaxPreps) Saturday night at The Pit.  Moeller, the two-time defending Ohio Division I state champion ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state and The Enquirer’s Division I local coaches’ polls, looks to remain unbeaten and extend its winning streak to 10 games when the Crusaders trek to Louisville St. Xavier (3-1).  Kickoff is 7:30 this evening at Louisville St. Xavier High School.

La Salle – No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II coaches’ poll - vies to run its streak to four wins in a row when the Lancers voyage to Fort Wayne, Ind. to meet Bishop Dwenger (4-0). Kickoff is 7:30 at Bishop Dwenger High School. St. Xavier, which traveled to Tennessee last Friday, heads to Indianapolis to take on Cathedral High School (1-2) tonight.  Kickoff is 7:30 at Cathedral.  The Bombers are No. 2 behind Moeller in The Enquirer’s Division I poll.  

Moeller (3-0) has been impressive in its first three games, outscoring the opposition, 115-13, and allowing only two touchdowns.  Senior quarterback Matt Crable has connected on 33 of 53 passes for 528 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.  His favorite targets are senior Chase Pankey (9 catches, 133 yards, 2 TDs) and junior tight end Jake Hausmann (7-111-1).  Senior Ryan Stofko leads the Crusaders’ defense with 21 total tackles.

La Salle (3-0), like Moeller, has been impressive in its three wins.  The Lancers have scored 40 or more points in every game and are averaging 460 yards total offense, 350 coming on the ground.  Junior tailback Jeremy Larkin has rushed 50 times for 446 yards and a league-leading eight TDs.  Sophomore White Jarell is averaging 11.7 yards a carry with five scores, and junior quarterback Nick Watson is 13 of 19 for 324 yards and 3 TDs.

The Lancers also started 3-0 last year before losing to Bishop Dwenger, 31-24, in overtime in Monfort Heights.

St. Xavier (2-1) is facing its second straight tough interstate test, when the Bombers venture to Indianapolis Cathedral (1-2).  Last Friday, St. Xavier suffered its first loss, falling to perennial Tennessee power Brentwood Academy, 30-27, in double overtime in Nashville. Senior tailback and Boston College commit Ben Glines has carried 56 times for 310 yards and five TDs.  St. Xavier beat Cathedral last September, 15-6, at St. Xavier.

Elder (2-1) get to stay home, but the Panthers certainly don’t get a break in the schedule. That’s because perennial Ohio power Lakewood St. Edward (3-0) – ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps and No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25 rankings - brings one of the nation’s top teams to The Pit Saturday night.  Kickoff is 7 p.m.  The Panthers, which lost to McDonough (MD), 28-14, last week, are led by junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey (561 yards passing).