Clifford Leads St. Xavier Past Cathedral; Moeller Falls


Posted on 9/19/2016 at 8:02 a.m.

Elder, La Salle Look To Stay Unbeaten, Atop Polls Today

Junior quarterback Sean Clifford accounted for nearly 200 yards of total offense, producing touchdowns on the ground and through the air, to lead St. Xavier to a 31-17 victory over five-time defending Indiana Class 5A state champion Indianapolis Cathedral Friday night at St. Xavier.  The win was the second straight for the Bombers (2-1), ranked No. 9 in the first Associated Press Division I state rankings released earlier this week.

Clifford was 15-of-24 passing for 162 yards, including a 79-yard TD strike to junior wide receiver Louis Raines in the first quarter.  Clifford, a Penn State University commit who also rushed for 36 yards, capped the scoring with a 29-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The Bombers’ victory snapped a three-game winning streak for Cathedral (3-2), which opened the season with a 21-19 loss to Moeller in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

Moeller got senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie back from an injury Friday, but the Crusaders could not overcome perennial national power Don Bosco Prep, N.J. (2-1), 31-14, at Lockland Stadium.  MacVitte, who missed the last two-plus games with an injury, returned and hit on 20-of-33 passes for 266 yards and two scores.  His favorite target was senior tight end Jake Hausmann, who had 11 catches for 103 yards and one TD. 

Elder and La Salle are looking to keep their records unblemished and stay atop their respective Ohio state divisional rankings.   Elder (3-0) travels to face perennial state power Lakewood St. Edward (2-1) at Baldwin Wallace University at 7 tonight.  The Panthers, led by senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey and junior running back Ja’Vahri Portis, are ranked No. 1 in the AP Division I poll of state sportswriters and broadcasters.

La Salle (3-0), the defending Division II state champion and winner of 11 straight games dating back to October last year, hosts undefeated Christian Brothers (3-0) from Memphis, Tenn. at noon today at Lancer Stadium.  La Salle is coming off a 39-36 win over rival Colerain a week ago Friday at home.  The Lancers received 21 of a possible 23 first-place votes in the AP Division II state poll released Tuesday.