GCL South Friday Football Preview


Posted on 10/03/2014 at 10:27am

It’s shaping up to be a huge night in the GCL South, as two-time defending state champion Moeller takes its 11-game winning streak and No. 1 ranking in both the Division I Ohio Associated Press and The Enquirer’s coaches’ polls to undefeated and top-ranked La Salle (No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II poll), while St. Xavier travels to The Pit to face Elder in what is the GCL South opener for the Panthers – No. 2 behind Moeller in The Enquirer’s poll.  

Moeller (5-0, 1-0 in GCL South) and its deep and talented defense, coming off a 13-7 victory at St. Xavier last Friday, will be tested by La Salle (6-0), which  has scored 40 or more points in four of five games and is averaging 439 yards total offense – thanks to the backfield duo of junior Jeremy Larkin (848 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns) and sophomore Jarell White (506 yards, eight TDs).  Larkin and White are the top two rushers in the GCL South.   

Moeller, on the other hand, has not allowed an opponent more than seven points and has recorded two shutouts.  The Crusaders’ defense is led by senior Elijah Taylor, a Notre Dame commit, who has 22 total tackles and a team-leading 4.5 sacks; senior linebacker Ryan Stofko, who leads the team with 41 total tackles; and senior defensive back Christian Wersel, who leads the GCL South with three interceptions.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Lancer Stadium.

No. 4 St. Xavier (3-2, 0-1) hopes to even its GCL South record after a tough home loss to Moeller last week – a game that saw the Bombers’ defense hold Moeller without an offensive touchdown.  St. Xavier, however, allowed 10 points off of two first-half turnovers and was never able to get going on offense.  Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford continues to develop each week, connecting on 16 of 24 passes for 157 yards against Moeller.

Elder, coming off back-to-back non-conference wins the last two weeks, is led by junior quarterback and GCL South passing leader Peyton Ramsey – who leads the GCL South in passing yards, with 920, while completing 69.4 percent of his passes.  Elder (4-1) also has the league’s two leading receivers in Nick Hall and Louis Faillace, who have each caught 22 passes for 366 and 240 yards, respectively, and a combined three TDs.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at The Pit.