GCL South Teams Post 2-2 Record on Football Friday


Posted 9/5/2016 at 12:02 p.m.

Elder, La Salle Pitch Shutouts, Moeller, St. X Lose Tough Games

The Greater Catholic League South Division football teams split four non-conference football games Friday night in the second week of the Ohio High School Athletic Assoc8iation regular season.  Elder and La Salle each posted shutout victories, while St. Xavier took nationally ranked Colerain to overtime before falling 20-14, and Moeller was unable to knock off 2015 Division I state runner-up Wayne in Huber Heights, losing 35-17 after trailing by just four points at halftime.

Here is a look at the GCL South games:

Elder 27, Oak Hills 0 – The Panthers rebounded after a tough 20-14 opening loss to Pickerington Central in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown last Saturday night at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium with a shutout win in this neighborhood rival game at Oak Hills.  Junior quarterback Danny Nieman connected on 20-of-25 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns, and junior running back Jake Mazza rushed for 82 yards and two scores as Elder (1-1) upped its record to 29-5 all time in the series, including 26 consecutive victories.  

La Salle 31, East Central, IN 0 – Coach Jun Hilvert’s team remained unbeaten with a convincing win over the Indiana Class 4A state runner-up from last season and, in the process, handed the Trojans their first loss in three games.  The win sets up a showdown with rival Colerain next Friday at Cardinal Stadium.   The Lancers (2-0) got three rushing TDs from senior Jarell White, who finished with 74 yards on 16 carries to help La Salle up its regular-season record to 19-3 the last two-plus season.  The Lancers beat Sycamore, 38-35, in OT last week.

Wayne 35, Moeller 17 – Senior tailback Fred Pitts carried 21 times for 180 yards and one TD, and sophomore quarterback Rashad McKee connected on 15-of-24 passes for 237 yards and three scores to lead Wayne to the home victory.  Moeller struggled to get its rushing game untracked, carrying 24 times for as many yards.  Senior Evan Ernst had a solid game for the Crusaders (1-1), completing 15-of-27 passes for 143 yards and two TDs.  Wayne had 23 first downs to 11 for Moeller, and the Warriors wound up with 480 total yards offense.

Colerain 20, St. Xavier 14 (OT) – After falling to nationally ranked St. John Bosco, CA, 34-0, in the Showdown last Saturday, St. Xavier again trailed another talent-laden team – falling behind Colerain 14-0 at halftime.  But the Bombers (0-2) rallied to tie it on a pair of TD passes from junior quarterback Chase Wolf to senior Micah Farrar to send the game into OT.  St. Xavier had the ball first, but failed to convert a field and Colerain scored the game-winner on a 13-yard TD run by junior quarterback Gunnar Leyendecker on a third down on its first possession.

Here is a look at the GCL South schedule next week:

Elder at Scott County, KY, 7:30 p.m.
La Salle at Colerain, 7 p.m.
St. Xavier at Mentor, 7 p.m.
Moeller at Don Bosco Prep, NJ, 7:30 p.m.