Ramsey’s Four First-Half TDs Pace Elder

11/15/2015

Posted on 11/15/2015 at 5:32 p.m.

Panthers Advance To Meet Colerain In Regional Semis

Senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey continued his torrid postseason scoring Saturday night, accounting for four of his five touchdowns in the first half to enable Elder to build a 22-point lead and record a 41-13 victory over Hilliard Darby in the second round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state football playoffs at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

The win earns Elder (9-3), winners of four straight, a matchup with Colerain in the Region 2 semifinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mason High School’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium. Colerain (11-1) advanced with a 42-14 win over GCL South member St. Xavier on Saturday at Mason, with the Cardinals racking up more than 500 yards rushing to win for the ninth straight week.

Colerain, the region’s No. 1 seed, and No. 5 Elder last met on November 10, 2012, the second round of the playoffs that season with Colerain emerging with a 35-34 victory in overtime.   Elder had possession first in overtime and scored, but then missed the extra point.  Colerain then scored and made good on the ensuing conversion for the one-point win.

Ramsey, also accounted for five TDs in a 50-42 win over Fairfield last Saturday, carried 15 times for 119 yards and three TDs (scoring on runs of 2, 11 and 36 yards) in the first two quarters against Darby (9-3).  He also completed 13-of-17 passes for 142 yards one TD before halftime.  He later tossed a second scoring pass, a 32-yard strike to senior receiver Nick Hall in the third quarter that increased Elder’s lead to 34-6.

The Indiana University commit and son of Elder coach, Doug Ramsey, finished with 286 total yards.  Ramsey has thrown for more than 2,500 and rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, earning him co-GCL South Player of the Year honors with La Salle speedster and the GCL’s all-time leading scorer Jeremy Larkin, a Cincinnati commit,  for the second consecutive season.

St. Xavier, facing Colerain in the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons (with the Bombers winning three of the previous four meetings), was unable to slow the Colerain option attack led by senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones – who carried 15 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns.  In all, the Cardinals amassed 528 total yards against the top defense in the GCL South this season, 503 of those yards coming on the ground.

Senior Zach Johnson rushed nine times for 120 yards for Colerain, which scored on TD runs of 61, 69 and 44 yards, respectively, to open the seasond half and build an insurmountable 42-7 lead with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter.  St. Xavier scored on a 9-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Sean Clifford to senior tight end Brock Davin in the second quarter, and a 71-yard kickoff return from senior Louie Raines in the fourth.

No. 3  seed Huber Heights Wayne (12-0), the 2014 state runner-up, will oppose Hilliard Davidson (11-1) in the other Region 2 semifinal.  Wayne defeated Springboro, 52-21, Saturday night to keep its perfect season alive.  No. 2 seed Davidson  advanced to the semifinals with a 17-10 win over Upper Arlington.  All four teams are just two wins away from earning a trip to Ohio Statdium and the Division I state championship game.

St. Xavier finishes its season at 7-5, earning a share of the GCL South championship with a 2-1 league record.  La Salle (10-2), the top seed in Division II, Region 6 and a 49-13 winner over Lima Senior in Friday’s second round, will face No. 2 Kings (11-1) in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lakota West High School’s Firebird Field.

La Salle is looking for its second consecutive state championship.