Moeller Holds On For GCL South Victory At St. X

09/27/2014

Posted on 09/27/2014 at 9:37am

Senior defensive back Chad Campbell returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown, junior kicker Matt Coghlin converted field goals of 37 and 47 yards, respectively, and the stingy Crusaders’ defense held St. Xavier without a point in the final two quarters and allowed Moeller to record a hard-fought, 13-7 victory over St. Xavier Friday night in the GCL South Division opener for both schools at a sold-out St. Xavier Stadium.

Moeller (5-0), the two-time defending state champion currently ranked No. 1 both the Associated Press Ohio Division I state rankings and The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll, extended its winning streak to 11 games dating back to last November.  The Crusaders also have now won three straight in the series against St. Xavier (3-2), ranked No. 3 in The Enquirer’s Division I coaches poll.

Led by its deep and talented front, the Moeller defense limited St. Xavier to just 56 yards rushing on 36 attempts, a 1.6-yard average, heled the Bombers’ to just 3-for-16 on third-down conversations, and turned two first-half turnovers into 10 points.  St. Xavier actually outgained Moeller, 213-177, and the Bombers’ defense also was strong – holding Moeller to just 54 yards rushing on 32 attempts, a 1.7 average, and just 2-for-13 on third down.

Moeller has now held its opponents to seven or less points in all five games, including two shutouts.  But the Moeller defense might face its toughest test next Friday, when the Crusaders say on the road and travel to La Salle on Friday night.  The Lancers are averaging a GCL South-best439 yards of total offense and have scored 205  points in their first five games.

St. Xavier also is on the road next Friday, traveling to The Pit to play Elder.

Here is a look at the other GCL South games from Friday night:

La Salle 49, Northwest 3 – Running backs Jeremy Larkin and Jarell White combined to rush 30 times for 309 yards and six touchdowns as the Lancers remained perfect with a win at Lancer Stadium – setting up a GCL South Showdown next Friday with Moeller.  Larkin ran 16 times for 192 yards and four scores, giving him a league-leaguing 14 TDs this season; White added 117 yards and two scores on just 14 attempts.  La Salle (5-0), which racked up 380 yards rushing against Northwest (3-2), has now scored 40 or more points in four of its first five games.

Elder 31, Rosa Fort (MS) 14 – Sophomore running back Garren Messmore rushed for three first-half touchdown and the Panther’s’ defense forced four turnovers and took a shutout into the fourth quarter as Elder (4-1) won its final non-conference tune up at The Pit. Messmore carried 20 times for 84 yards and scored on runs of 13, 1, and 6 yards, respectively, in the first half.  Senior linebacker Kyle Orloff, who leads the GCL South with 49 total tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and also intercepted a pass to  help the Panthers’ defense limit Rosa Fort (1-5).