St. Xavier, Moeller Advance; Elder Falls In FB Playoffs

11/09/2014

Posted on 11/09/2014 at 4:33pm

Both St. Xavier and Moeller notched home victories, while Elder lost on the road in the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state playoffs that kicked off Saturday night around the state.  La Salle opened its postseason one day earlier by knocking off Glen Este in the first round of the Division II State playoffs, giving the GCL South a 3-1 record after the first weekend of postseason play.

St. Xavier (9-2), the No. 2 seed in the final Region 2 Harbin computer ratings, built a 37-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat Grove City Central Crossing, 50-13, at St. Xavier Stadium.  Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford tossed a touchdown pass and ran for another, and senior Tyrone McFarlin Jr., who entered the game having rushed just 18 times for 55 yards during the regular season, carried seven times for 106 yards and two TDs for the Bombers, which have now won six straight games.

The St. Xavier defense limited Central Crossing (7-4), making its first state playoff appearance, to 38 yards rushing on 16 carries, a 2.4-yard average per carry.  St. Xavier advances to meet Colerain (8-3) in the Region 2 quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton High School’s Virgil Schwarm Stadium.  The Bombers defeated Colerain, which knocked off Hilliard Darby, 28-7, Saturday, in week two of the regular season, 31-12, at St. Xavier.  Colerain, which opened the season 0-3, has won eight straight games.

Moeller, the two-time defending state champion,  advanced with a 28-7 victory over Miamisburg Saturday at Lockland Memorial Stadium.  Senior quarterback Matt Crable ran for one score, and then threw a pair of second-half TD passes to help the Crusaders win their second straight.  Moeller (8-3) advances to meet Pickerington Central (11-0) in the Region  II quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.  Pickerington Central defeated Gahanna Lincoln, 7-0, in Saturday’s first round.

Crable was 12 of 23 passing for 194 yards and the two TDs, one a 14-yard scoring strike to junior tight end Jake Hausmann in the third quarter to give Moeller a two-score lead, 21-7, and the other a 28-yard connection with senior tight end Doug Bates in the fourth quarter that produced the final margin.  Moeller’s defense did the rest, holding the option attack of Miamisburg (8-3) to 100 yards rushing on 43 attempts.   Sophomore back Hunter Hughes led Moeller on the ground, picking up a season-high 108 yards – including a 34-yard TD run - on 19 carries.

Elder was unable to slow down Wayne’s high-powered offense Saturday, as senior quarterback D’Mitrik Trice threw TD passes to three different receivers in a 42-13 victory over the Panthers in Huber Heights.  Trice wound up connecting on 14 of 24 passes for 255 yards, three TDs and no interceptions, as Wayne (10-1) racked up 536 total yards in the game.

Junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey, named GCL South Co-Player of the Year along with La Salle’s Jeremy Larkin, threw for 163 yards and ran for a team-high 94, but it wasn’t enough for Elder (6-5).  The Panthers did get junior receiver Nick Hall back in the lineup after missing the majority of the season because of an injury.  Hall was Ramsey’s favorite target, hauling in  seven passes for 103 yards.

La Salle (10-1), a 48-28 winner over Glen Este Friday, advances to meet Harrison (8-3) in the Division II, Region 6 semifinals Friday.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Hamilton High School.  The Lancers, winners of four straight games,  are the No. 1 seed in the region and finished the season also ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division II area rankings.