GCL South Friday Football Roundup

10/10/2015

Posted on 10/10/2015 at 9:54 a.m.

St. X Ends La Salle Streak, Moeller Wins Wild One At Pit

For the second straight Friday night, drama took center stage in the Greater Catholic League South Division football race.  A week after Elder topped St. Xavier on the road in double overtime and La Salle rallied to defeat Moeller in overtime on the Crusaders’ home field, it was the two teams on the short end of the last Friday that came up with big wins a seven days later.

St. Xavier fell behind 14-7 at halftime against La Salle before rallying to score 17 unanswered points in the second half of a 24-14 victory at St. Xavier Stadium, defeating the Lancers for the second consecutive year and ending La Salle’s 14-game winning streak.  The victory gives the Bombers a share of the GCL South championship pending the result of the Elder-La Salle game to be played the final week of the regular season.

Moeller, which was on the verge of losing three straight games for the first time in its storied gridiron history, was led by senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie – who completed 13-of-16 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for 112 yards and one score on seven carries to lead the Crusaders to a 49-42 win over Elder in a game that saw both teams combine to rack up 1,128 total yards at The Pit in Price Hill.

Much of the offense for Elder came was generated by senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey, the co-GCL Player of the Year last season and an Indiana University commit.  Ramsey connected on 27-of-45 passes for 407 yards and six TDs, four to senior receiver Nick Hall.  Ramsey also rushed 20 times for 130 yards for Elder, which amassed almost 600 yards of offense in the game.  Hall finished with 13 receptions for 198 yards.

St. Xavier, the last team to defeat La Salle (winning 24-21 on a last-second field goal on October 10, 2014), has now won five straight games over the Lancers dating back to 2010.  A 52-yard field goal by senior Nick Arcuri with 6:24 left in the third quarter gave the Bombers a 17-14 lead.  Then, a 17-yard TD run by junior quarterback Sean Clifford, his second rushing TD of the half, gave St. Xavier a 24-14 advantage.

The Bombers’ defense did the rest, holding La Salle’s offense scoreless in the final two quarters.  Led by 96 yards rushing and a TD from senior Jeremy Larkin, La Salle did manage 141 yards rushing against St. Xavier (5-2, 2-1 GCL South), which is ranked No. 3 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches poll and No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press DI state rankings.  The Bombers entered the game giving up fewer than 80 yards rushing per game.

La Salle (6-1, 1-1) is ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s DII coaches poll and No. 1 in the AP DII state poll.  The game was named one of the MaxPreps Top 10 Games of the Week in the United States.  St. Xavier finishes its regular season with three consecutive non-conference games on the road, while the Lancers are at home the next three weeks – including the GCL South finale against Elder on Friday, October 30.

Friday’s win by Moeller (3-4, 1-2) had to feel good for the Crusaders, who entered the game coming off two difficult league losses – 14-10 to St. Xavier two weeks ago in a game Moeller led 10-0 into the third quarter, and then a 13-7 setback in OT last week to La Salle, a game the Crusaders led 7-0 into the fourth quarter and were then stopped at the Lancers’ 1-yard line on their OT possession.

Elder (5-2, 1-1) entered the game ranked No. 2 in Greater Cincinnati behind only Colerain and No. 6 in the state.  The Panthers took a 14-0 lead on Ramsey’s first two TD passes, but Moeller rallied to tie the game late in the first quarter. The Crusaders then built a 35-21 lead in the third quarter and were able to stop a late Elder drive to emerge with their first GCL South victory of the season.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for No. 6 Moeller, which travels to Greater Columbus to face Cleveland St. Ignatius next Saturday before trekking to Northeast Ohio the following week to play Lakewood St. Edward, the state-s top-ranked team.  Elder – which lost at St. Edward, 31-20, earlier this season - travels to Winton Woods next Friday for a non-conference game.