GCL South FB Teams Prepare For State Playoffs


Posted on 11/02/2014 at 7:33pm

Three of the four Greater Catholic League South Division members are preparing to host first-round games in the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoffs that begin Friday at campus sites, while Elder hits the road for its first postseason game.  La Salle (9-1), the No. 1 seed in the final Division II, Region 6 Harbin computer ratings, will be the first GCL South team in action.  The Lancers, who finished in a three-way tie with Moeller and St. Xavier atop the GCL South, will host No. 8 seed Glen Este (6-4) Friday.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Lancer Stadium.

Moeller, the two-time defending Division I state champion, and St. Xavier, ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s weekly coaches’ poll, will host first-round games Saturday night.  Moeller (7-3), which wound up as the No. 6 seed in Division I, Region 2, will face Miamisburg (8-2). Kickoff is 7 p.m. Saturday at Lockland Memorial Stadium.  St. Xavier (8-2), which enters postseason play riding a five-game winning stream and is the region’s No. 2 seed, will play Grove City Central Crossing (7-3) Saturday night.  Kickoff is 7 at St. Xavier Stadium.

Elder (6-4) is the lone GCL South team that will begin the state playoffs on the road.  The Panthers will travel to Huber Heights to take on Wayne (9-1), which was undefeated before losing to Centerville, 19-14, last Friday.  The win by Centerville moved the Elks (10-0) ahead of St. Xavier for the top spot in Region 2 – which comprises 16 qualifying schools from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton.

Here is a look at the pairings for first-round games in Division I, Region 2 (Elder, Moeller and St. Xavier) and Division II, Region 6 (La Salle).  First-round playoff pairings and state tournament brackets were released Sunday afternoon by the OHSAA for all seven divisions.

DIVISION I, REGION 2 (All games 7 p.m. Saturday)
16 Lakota West (5‐5) at 1 Centerville (10‐0)
15 Grove City Central Crossing (7‐3) at 2 St. Xavier (8‐2)
14 Gahanna Lincoln (7‐3) at 3 Pickerington Central (10‐0)
13 Hilliard Davidson (6‐4) at 4 Dublin Coffman (10‐0)
12 Elder (6‐4) at 5 Huber Heights Wayne (9‐1)
11 Miamisburg (8‐2) at 6 Archbishop Moeller (7‐3)
10 Colerain (7‐3) at 7 Hilliard Darby (9‐1)
9 Lakota East (8‐2) at 8 Springboro (9‐1)

DIVISION II, REGION 6 (All games 7:30 p.m. Friday)
8 Glen Este (6‐4) at 1 La Salle (9‐1)
7 Tecumseh (5‐5) at 2 Mount Healthy (10‐0)
6 Northwest (6‐4) at 3 Kings (10‐0)
5 Harrison (7‐3) at 4 Lima Senior (8‐2)