GCL South Friday Football Roundup


Posted 10/24/2015 at 6:48 a.m.

Larkin’s Four TDs Pace La Salle, Elder Rallies To Win In OT

Senior running back Jeremy Larkin, the Greater Catholic League South leading scorer again this season, scored four touchdowns – two receiving and two rushing – to lead La Salle to a 49-14 victory over Winton Woods Friday night at Lancer Stadium, while Elder rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to post an exciting 35-34 win over DePaul Catholic, N.J. last night at The Pit in Price Hill.

St. Xavier and Moeller both will play today, traveling to Northeast Ohio to face two of Greater Cleveland’s top teams in a doubleheader that can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official broadcast partner of the GCL South.  St. Xavier (5-3) faces Cleveland St. Ignatius (5-3) at 2 p.m. at Byers Field in Parma, followed by Moeller (4-4) against Lakewood St. Edward (7-1) at 5 at Lakewood High School.

St. Edward is the defending Division I state champion and the state’s top-ranked team.

Friday, though, Larkins gave La Salle an early 14-0 lead with TDs on a 26-yard run and a 71-yard pass from senior quarterback Nick Watson.  Larkin, who scored five TDs a week ago and now has 23 on the season and a league-best 148 points, scored on a 17-yard run to make it 21-7 in the second quarter, and then opened the scoring in the second half, hauling in a 26-yard Watson pass to give La Salle (8-1) at 35-14 lead.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Winton Woods (5-3).

Elder, which had lost its last two games, was down 28-14 to DePaul Catholic in the fourth quarter at home, before senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey scored on a pair of 2-yard runs, the last coming with 1:!7 remaining, to force overtime.  DePaul Catholic scored first and then went for the ensuing two-point conversion, only to have the Panthers’ defense stop an attempted run to give Elder a chance to win with a TD and extra point.

The Panthers took advantage, as Ramsey connected with senior receiver Nick Hall on a 3-yard TD pass, and senior kicker Joe Onorato successfully converted the extra point to give Elder the one-point victory.  Ramsey completed 20-of-34 passes for two TDs, while also rushing 18 times for 55 yards and three scores for Elder (6-3).  Hall had 13 catches for 111 yards and two TDs against DePaul Catholic (2-5).

Elder and La Salle close out GCL South play next Friday on the final week of the regular season, when the Panthers travel to Lancer Stadium.  The winner will pull into a tie atop the league standings with St. Xavier – which won two of its three GCL South games this season.  Kickoff is 7 p.m.