GCL South Friday Football Roundup


Posted on 10/17/2015 at 1:37 a.m.

La Salle Starts New Streak; Elder, St. Xavier Defeated On The Road

A week after losing its first game in two years, La Salle stepped out of GCL South play to begin a new streak behind five first-half touchdowns from senior tailback Jeremy Larkin in a 42-20 victory over St. Charles Prep from Columbus at Lancer Stadium, while both Elder and St. Xavier hit the road Friday night and returned home with tough non-conference losses – Elder to Winton Woods, 14-0, and St. Xavier to Warren Central, Ind., 28-21.

Moeller wraps up the week for the GCL South, facing Cleveland St. Ignatius at 7 tonight at Coffman High School in Dublin.  Kickoff is 7 p.m., and the game can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.  Moeller (3-4) is coming off a key 49-42 victory at Elder eight days ago at Elder, a win that jumped the Crusaders back into the playoff picture.  St. Ignatius (4-2) is riding a modest two-game winning streak.

Here is a look at the three GCL South games Friday:

La Salle – After falling behind 7-0 with 8:59 remaining in the first quarter, Larkin scored five unanswered TDs – the first on a 26-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Nick Watson, followed by four rushing TDs covering 1, 20, 23 and 4 yards, respectively, to give the Lancers a 35-7 halftime advantage.  Larkin – the co-GCL South Player of the Year last season and a University of Cincinnati commit - finished with a team-best 136 yards on 14 carries, while Watson connected on 12-of-16 passes for 181 yards and one TD.  La Salle (7-1) finished with 464 total yards, 241 on the ground and 223 through the air, to win for the 15th time in the last 16 games.  The Lancers’ defense held St. Charles (3-5) to just eight first downs and 148 total yards.

Elder – The Panthers traveled to Winton Woods with one of the most potent offenses in Greater Cincinnati, averaging 38.1 points per game, having scored 50 or more points twice and less than 30 points only once – a 24-17 win in two overtimes at St. Xavier.  But against Winton Woods (5-2), Elder did not score a point for the first time in the regular season since an 18-0 loss to St. Xavier on September 28, 2007.  Senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey, who entered the game the most prolific passer in the GCL South, was held to 9-of-26 passing for 114 yards.  The Panthers (5-3), who have lost two straight, finished with 11 first downs and 161 total yards – including 47 yards rushing on 16 attempts.

St. Xavier – Warren Central scored twice to open the fourth quarter and snap a 14-14 tie and hand St. Xavier its second three-point, non-conference loss this season.  The Bombers also lost to Colerain, 13-10, in two overtimes, back in week two.  St. Xavier had more first downs than Warren Central, 24-16, but the Warriors managed to hit the Bombers’ defense for some big plays – including two lengthy scores from senior Jay Coe, a 71-yard TD run and 79-yard scoring reception that gave Warren Central (6-3) a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.  St. Xavier battled back to tie the game in the third quarter on a 27-yard run and two-point conversation from senior Sean Prophit – who finished with a team-high 92 yards on 14 attempts.