GCL South Friday Night Football Recap


Posted on 10/04/2014 at 8:58am

La Salle Ends Moeller Streak, Moves To First 

Junior running back Jeremy Larkin had another huge game, carrying 32 times for 216 yards and four touchdowns to lead La Salle to a 34-9 victory over Moeller in a matchup of undefeated and top-ranked teams at Lancer Stadium. The win moves LA Salle (6-0, 1-0 in GCL South), ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II coaches’ poll, into sole possession of first place in the GCL South.

Larkin, who sent La Salle into the locker room with a 27-6 halftime after ripping off a 75-yard TD run in the final minute of the first half, leads the GCL South in both rushing yards (1,064) and touchdowns (17) through six games. He has rushed for 190 or more yards in four of La Salle’s first six games.  But this was the most impressive, against a Moeller defense that had allowed just 20 points and a total of 268 yards rushing in five games.

The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the two-time defending Division I state champion Crusaders (5-1, 1-1), who entered Friday ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state poll and The Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll. Moeller had not lost to a Greater Cincinnati team since falling to Elder, 17-13, back on October 5, 2012.  La Salle is ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II coaches poll and No. 2 in the AP Division II state poll.

St. Xavier Captures Thrilling Victory At The Pit

Senior running Ben Glines scored on a 5-yard run, his third touchdown of the game, and the St. Xavier defense stopped Elder on its next possession to emerge from The Pit with a 32-24 victory in double overtime.  Glines also scored on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to give St. Xavier its eight-point lead, and consecutive sacks by senior linebacker Cole Jones helped seal the win for St. Xavier (4-2, 1-1 in GCL South).

Glines, a Boston College commit, ran 24 times for 172 yards, while teammate Ronnie Fricke carried 11 times for 116 yards – including a 54-yard TD run in the third quarter.  Jones wound up with 11 total tackles and three sacks for the Bombers – who overcame a great game from Elder junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey – who ran for 169 yards and two scores on 30 carries while also completing 19 of 28 passes for 138 yards.

Elder (4-2, 0-1) got another strong receiving performance from senior Louis Fallace, who leads the GCL South with 33 receptions.  Fallace hauled in 11 Ramsey throws for 97 yards. Defensively, the Panthers (4-2, 0-1) were led by junior linebacker Ryan Furniss (13 total tackles) and senior defensive  Sam Coffaro (11).  Elder is ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll; St. Xavier is No. 4.

The Panthers had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed a field goal in the driving rain.