Ramsey, Elder D Earn Panthers Share Of League Title


Posted on 10/31/2016 at 9:13 a.m.

Moeller, St. Xavier End Regular Season With Non-Conference Victories

Senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey accounted for all three touchdowns, including two rushing scores, and the Elder defense came up big Friday night to help the Panthers record a 21-7 victory over La Salle at Lancer Stadium, earning coach Doug Ramsey’s team a share of the coveted Greater Catholic League South Division championship along with St. Xavier.  Both teams finished 2-1 against league opponents this season.

GCL South colleagues Moeller and St. Xavier each posted non-conference victories in their final regular-season games Friday night.  Moeller got a big game from senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie to defeat Canada Prep Academy, 50-10, at Lockland Stadium, while St. Xavier came back from a 10-7 halftime deficit to knock off Louisville St. Xavier, 20-10, on the road to build momentum entering the state playoffs.

Elder (7-3, 2-1 GCL South) took advantage of a ball-control offense, possessing the football for 30:31 to limit La Sale’s high-powered offense.  And, when the Lancers did move the football, Elder’s defense came up with big plays – including an interception by junior defensive back Zach Lyons at the Elder 2-yard line.  The Panthers also turned La Salle (8-2, 1-2) over four times on downs.

Ramsey, an Indiana University commit, completed 14-of-18 passes for 145 yards and one TD, a 7-yard strike to senior receiver Nick Hall.  Ramsey also ran for 90 yards, including two first-half TDs on runs of 7 and 4 yards, respectively.  The share of the GCL South title is Elder’s first since 2008 – when the Panthers finished 3-0 in the league and 13-2 overall, advancing to the Division I state title game before losing to Cleveland St. Ignatius, 29-20.

Larkin, a Cincinnati commit who was named GCL South Co-Player of the Year last season with Ramsey, still managed to account for more than 150 yards total offense (54 rushing, 108 receiving) – including an 82-yard TD reception from senior quarterback Nick Watson just before halftime.  Larkin’s TD was No. 81 of his outstanding career, tying him with former Elder running back Bradley Glatthaar for the most in GCL history.

Elder and La Salle are both projected to host first-round playoff games next week.  The Panthers are predicted by Ohio state playoff expert Steve Shuck to wind up No. 5 in the Division I, Region 2 Harbin computer ratings that will be officially released Sunday afternoon by the Ohio High school Athletic Association – thus determining the playoff pairings for all seven divisions.

La Salle is expected to finish No. 1 in Division II, Region 6 – where it has spent the entire season.   The Lancers will begin defense of their state title, having lost only three times in the last 25 games – Friday to La Salle and twice to St. Xavier, once each of the last two seasons.  La Salle finished 14-1 a year ago and dominated its opponents in the state playoffs to earn the school’s first state football championship.

Here is a look at the other GCL South games Friday night:

Moeller 50, Canada Prep Academy 10 – Playing his final game at Moeller, MacVittie completed 22-of-39 passes for 306 yards and five TDs to pace the Crusaders – who built a 43-3 halftime lead and finished with 27 first downs and 463 yards of total offense.  MacVittie, who is committed to Pittsburgh, hooked up 13 times with senior tight end and Ohio State commit Jake Hausmann for 163 yards and three scores to lead Moeller (5-5).

St. Xavier 20, Louisville St. Xavier 10 – The Bombers ended a brief two-game road losing streak behind senior running back Sean Prophit, who rushed 19 times for a game-high 134 yards and one TD – a 5-yard run with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter that gave St. Xavier (6-4) the lead for good.  St. Xavier’s defense did the rest, limiting Louisville St. Xavier to 12 first downs and forcing five turnovers.

According to Shuck’s projections, St. Xavier will finish at No. 8 in the Harbin ratings – meaning that the Bombers will host a first-round playoff game next Saturday night.  St. Xavier also got a strong game from junior quarterback Sean Clifford, a Penn State commit who completed 20-of-33 passes for 184 yards and one TD, and senior kicker Connor Maciag, who made 36- and 33-yard field goals in the fourth quarter.