Elder, La Salle FB Face Big Road Tests Tonight


Posted on 10/24/2014 at 12:06pm

Elder and La Salle hit the road tonight for a pair of intriguing non-conference football matchups, while St. Xavier and Moeller wait for the opportunity to take on two of Northeast Ohio’s perennial powers, Cleveland St. Ignatius and Lakewood St. Edward, respectively, on Saturday.

Coach Doug Ramsey’s Panthers (5-3), coming off a 28-21 win over Winton Woods, travel to Ft. Thomas, Ky. to play Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked team in Highlands (7-1), which has won six of the last seven Kentucky Class 4A state championships.  Elder, however, has won six of seven meetings between the two schools – including am exciting 30-27 win at The Pit last season.  Kickoff is 7 p.m.

The game will feature two of the area’s top quarterbacks in Elder junior Peyton Ramsey, who has completed 128 of 196 passes for an even 1,500 yards passing and nine touchdowns.  Ramsey also leads Elder in rushing, with 596 yards and six TDs.   Highlands is led by senior Beau Hoge, who is the son of former NFL running back Merril Hoge.  Beau has thrown for 2,006 yards and 24 TDs with just three interceptions..

Like Elder, La Salle has a tough road test tonight – traveling to face a talented Winton Woods team that is looking for a signature victory to help secure a spot in the state playoffs.  The game features two of Cincinnati’s most talented running games.  La Salle, No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II weekly coaches’ poll, has the top two rushers in the GCL South Division in junior Jeremy Larkin and sophomore Jarell White.

Larkin has rushed for 1,259 yards and a league-best 19 TDS, while White has amassed 840 yards on the ground and 13 TDs.  Winton Woods (4-3) is led by senior Marcus Davis, who has carried 134 times for 919 yards and 15 scores.  Senior quarterback Sean Steele had a big game against Elder last week, finishing with 20 rushes for a game-high 197 yards and three TDs – scoring on runs of 36, 83 and 7 yards.