Prophit’s TD Lifts St. X Over Moeller In GCL Opener

09/26/2015

Posted on 9/26/2015 at 1:11 p.m.

Elder, La Salle Score 50-Plus Points In Non-Conference Wins

Senior running back Sean Prophit scored on a 5-yard run with 6:19 remaining, helping St. Xavier come back from a 10-0 deficit early in the third quarter to post a 14-10 victory over Moeller in the Greater Catholic League opener for both schools Friday night at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.  The win snapped a four-game losing streak to Moeller  for the Bombers (4-1, 1-0 GCL South), who have won three straight games.

St. Xavier, No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings, started its rally after Moeller senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie connected with senior tight end Jake Hausmann for a 60-yard touchdown with 10:35 remaining in the third quarter to give Moeller (2-3, 0-1) a 10-0 lead.  But the Bombers’ ground game, which wound up with 161 net yards of the team’s 308 total yards, continued to plug away against Moeller.

Junior Quinn Early scored on a 9-yard run with 7:10 left in the third quarter to cut Moeller’s lead to 10-7.  The play capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive for St. Xavier, which last defeated Moeller, 49-21, on October 21, 2012.  Bombers’ senior quarterback Sean Clifford was solid in the win, completing 15-of-26 passes for 147 yards.  MacVittie hit on 11-of-27 passes for 173 yards for Moeller, while junior Hunter Hughes carried 20 times for 75 yards.

The first full night of GCL South play is Friday, when St. Xavier looks move one win away from at least a share of the GCL South championships when it hosts Elder.   Moeller will attempt to end La Salle’s double-digit winning when it welcomes the Lancers to Lockland Stadium.  Both games kick off at 7.

Here is a look at Friday’s games involving GCL South schools:

Elder 56, Centerville 39 – Senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey accounted for nearly 400 yards of total offense and six TDs, while senior running back Ja’Vahri Portis added 195 yards urshing and four scores to lead Elder (4-1), No. 9 in the AP Division I state poll.  The Panthers finished with 589 total yards and 28 first downs against Centerville (2-3), which had its two-game winning strreak snapped.  Ramsey scored on TD runs of 26, 29, 7 and 9 yards, repsecitvely, while also hitting on 11-of-15 passes for 216 yards.  Porti scored on TD runs of 3 and 6 yardes to begin and end the scoring.

The victory helped Elder rebound from its lone defeat this season, a 31-20 setback at defending Division I state champion and the state’s top-ranked team, Lakewood St. Edward  last Saturday night in Berea.  It also was victory No. 350 all time at the Panthers’ storied home venue, The Pit.

La Salle 56, Northwest 19 – Junor running back Christian Turner carried nine times for a team-high 162 yards and scored four TDs, including two rushing TDs in the second half to help La Salle (5-0) break open a nine-point halftime advantage and extend its winning streak to 13 games by handing Northwest (4-1) its first loss.  Turner, who caught an 8-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Nick Watson in the first quarter, had TD runs of 41, 14 and 38 yards, respectively, for the defending Division II state champion Lancers, No. 1 in the AP Division II State rpoll this week.

Senior Jeremy Larkin, the GCL South leading scorer coming off a six-TD performance last Saturday against Christian Brothers from Memphis, Tenn., rushed 10 times for 124 yards and one TD, a 15-yard run in the second quarter.  The 56 points is a season-high for the Lancers.