Travel No Problem For GCL South Schools Friday Night


Posted on 09/20/2014 at 10:36am

Voyaging to three neighboring states for non-conference football games proved to be no problem for the GCL South Friday night, as Moeller, La Salle and St. Xavier outscored its interstate competition, 81-7, including two shutouts, to improve the league’s record against non-GCL South teams to 13-2 so far this season.  Elder, the lone GCL South school at home this week, will attempt to improve on that mark against Lakewood St. Edward (3-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps, tonight at The Pit.  Kickoff is 7 .  Here’s a look at Friday’s GCL South victories:

Moeller 26, Louisville St. Xavier 0 – Sophomore kicker Matt Coghlin converted 4 of 5 field goals and the Crusaders’ defense did the rest in Louisville, enabling the two-time defending Division I state champs to extend their winning streak to 10 games.  Coghlin was good from 26, 27, 29 and 21 yards, respectively, to give Moeller a 12-0 lead in the third quarter, before junior tailback Sterling Noes’ 37-yard touchdown run put the game away.  Moeller’s defense was led by senior linebacker Ryan Stofko, who had eight total tackles, senior lineman Elijah Taylor and junior linebacker John Griga, who each recorded seven, as the Crusaders held ST. Xavier (2-2) to 193 total yards and posted their second shutout in three games.  Moeller (4-0), which got another solid effort from senior Matt Crable (19 of 32 for 259 yards and one TD) has outscored the opposition, 141-13, this season.

La Salle 28,  Bishop Dwenger 0 – Junior running back Jeremy Larkin carried 27 times for a game-high 210 yards and one touchdown to help La Salle – ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II weekly coaches’ poll - remain unbeaten and hand Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (4-1) its first defeat this season.  The Lancers lost to Dwenger, 31-24, in overtime last season in Monfort Heights.  Larkin, who has now scored a GCL South-leading 10 TDs in four games, reeled off a 76-yard scoring run to cap 28 unanswered points from La Salle (4-0).  As usual, it was a balanced offensive attack for coach Nate Moore’s team, as junior quarterback Nick Watson tossed a pair of TD passes, and sophomore White Jarell added a 4-yard scoring run. Watson hooked up with senior receiver Maurice Warren for a 17-yard TD, and later connected with junior Josh Gebing on an 11-yard scoring play.

St. Xavier 27, Indianapolis Cathedral 0 – Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford accounted for three touchdowns, while senior linebacker Cole Jones paced the Bombers’ defense with 11 total tackles and three sacks to help St. Xavier beat Cathedral in Indianapolis.  Clifford was 10 of 16 passing for 159 yards and two TDs, including a 75-yard scoring strike to sophomore Cotton Paul.  Clifford also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.  The Bombers’ defense did the rest, led by Jones – who leads the GCL South with 34 tackles in four games.  Jones also leads the league in sacks, with five, after helping St. Xavier limit Cathedral (1-3) to just 25 yards rushing, force three turnovers, and allow the Fighting Irish to go 1-for-13 on third down conversions in the game.    Punter Jack Hannan also was solid for St. Xavier (3-1), averaging 43.3 yards on seven punts, including a long of 56 yards.

GCL South play kicks off next Friday.  Here is a look at next week’s GCL South games:

GCL South
Moeller at. St. Xavier, 7 p.m.
Northwest at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Tunica Rosa Fort (MS) at Elder, 7 p.m.