GCL South Football Teams Hit The Road Tonight


Posted 9/9/2016 at 10:53 a.m.

La Sale at Colerain, Moeller At Mason Headline Intriguing Local Matchups

All four Greater Catholic League South Division football teams are on the road tonight in week three of the Ohio High School Athletic Association regular season, with unbeaten La Salle traveling a few miles to take on Colerain in a battle of top-ranked teams, and Moeller visiting Mason for only the second meeting between the two schools in their respective histories.  Elder and St. Xavier leave Cincinnati for tough games at two of the top teams annually in Kentucky and Northeast Ohio, respectively.

Here is a look at tonight’s GCL South games:

La Sallle (2-0) at Colerain (2-0) – The Lancers look to remain unbeaten in the young season and also post their third straight win in the neighborhood series against Colerain, which is ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll.  The Lancers, two-time defending Division II state champions, hold that spot in The Enquirer’s DII poll.  La Salle has beaten Colerain the last two years, winning 40-21 in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown two years ago at Miami University’s Yager Stadium and again last year, 39-36, at La Salle.  Colerain, which has opened with close wins against talented Warren Central, IN and St. Xavier, has gone 40-2 in the regular season the last four-plus years, the lone setbacks coming against La Salle. 

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Colerain High School’s Cardinal Stadium.

Moeller (1-1) at Mason (2-0) – The Crusaders look to bounce back from last Friday’s 35-17 loss at Huber Heights Wayne against Mason – one of four unbeaten teams in the Greater Miami Conference after two games (Colerain, Fairfield and Princeton are the others).  Moeller’s defense allowed nearly 500 yards total offense to Wayne, the Division I state runner-up last year, and will face a Mason offense that has scored 76 points in wins over Springboro and Withrow.  Moeller beat Mason in the only other meeting between the two schools – winning 24-7 at Miami’s Yager Stadium as part of the 2007 Showdown on August 24 that season.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Mason High School’s Atrium Stadium.

Elder (1-1) at Scott County (3-0) – The Panthers travel to Georgetown, Ky. to take on one of the Bluegrass state’s top Class 6A schools in Scott County – which has won its first three games, including a 42-33 win at Northern Kentucky’s Highlands last Friday in Fort Thomas.  Scott County came to The Pit last season, only to see Panthers’ quarterback Peyton Ramsey (now at Indiana University) have a near-perfect night by going 12-of-14 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the win.  After falling in the season opener against Pickerington Central, 20-14, in the Showdown, Elder rebounded with a 27-0 victory against neighborhood rival Oak Hills last Friday.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown College’s Toyota Stadium.

St. Xavier (0-2) at Mentor (1-1) – The Bombers continue their trek through the nation’s toughest schedule according to USA Today with a visit to Northeast Ohio to face Mentor, which has split its first two games in lopsided fashion.  The Cardinals opened with a 57-31 win at Massillon Washington, but then suffered a 49-7 setback to Cleveland St. Ignatius on the road last week.  This is the home opener for Mentor, which traveled to St. Xavier last year and lost to the Bombers, 59-13, behind  a big game from St. Xavier quarterback Sean Clifford – who connected on 17-of-23 passes for 283 yards and five TDs.  St. Xavier narrowly missed knocking off Colerain last week, falling 20-14 in overtime.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Mentor High School.