GCL South Football Opens With Marquee Matchup


Posted on 9/25/2015 at 2:13 p.m.

Moeller-St. Xavier Open League Play at UC’s Nippert Stadium

The Greater Catholic League South Division opens league play tonight with a marquee matchup between Moeller and St. Xavier at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. as Moeller looks to earn at least a share of its third straight league championship, while St. Xavier attempts to win its third consecutive game against a top-tier opponent.

Coach Steve Specht’s Bombers (3-1), ranked No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings, are coming off impressive wins over Mentor, 59-13, and Indianapolis Cathedral, 31-17.  The Bombers, whose only loss is to Colerain, 13-10, in overtime in week two, are led by junior quarterback Sean Clifford – a Penn State University commit who has thrown for 593 yards with eight touchdowns and only one interception.

Moeller (2-2) will have senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie for the second straight week, after their senior signal-caller and Pittsburgh commit was sidelined with an injury suffered in week one.  Last week, in a 31-14 loss to national power Don Bosco Prep, N.J., MacVittie completed 22-of-33 passes for 266 yards and two TDs.  His favorite target was Ohio State commit and senior tight end Jake Hausmann, 11 catches for 103 yards and one score.

Here is a look at the tonight’s other GCL South games:

Centerville at Elder – The Panthers (3-1), who dropped from the top spot to No. 8 in this week’s AP Division I state poll , look to rebound from their first loss of the season, 31-14, last Saturday at now top-ranked Lakewood St. Edward. Senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey continues to put up impressive numbers, having completed 66-of-100 passes for 879 yards and eight TDs in four games.  Centerville (2-2) is coming off consecutive wins over Lebanon and Trotwood-Madison after finishing with a perfect regular season last year and the region’s No.  1 seed.  Kickoff is 7.

La Salle at Northwest – The Lancers (4-0), who sit atop both the AP Division II State rankings and the Region 6 Harbin computer ratings, travel a short distance to take on unbeaten Northwest (4-0).  Senior running back Jeremy Larkin is coming off a massive game against Christian Brothers from Memphis, Tenn., last Saturday, when he amassed 440 all-purpose yards and six TDs in the Lancers’ 49-14 victory.  La Salle is averaging 41.5 points in its first four games.  Overall, the defending Division II state champions have won 12 straight games dating back to last October. Kickoff is 7:30.