Elder, St. X Post Key Road Wins; La Salle Falls At Colerain

09/10/2016

Posted 9/10/2016 at 9:38 a.m.

Mason-Moeller Game Rescheduled For 2:30 Sunday Afternoon

In what was unquestionably one of the strangest nights in Greater Cincinnati high school football history, with two road games involving Greater Catholic League South Division schools being impacted by bomb threats (including one that forced the postponement of Moeller at Mason before kickoff), Elder and St. Xavier both traveled a few hours to post tough road victories against elite opponents, while La Salle suffered its first loss of the season, falling 6-0 at top-ranked Colerain in a game highlighted by two outstanding defenses.

Here is a look at Friday’s games involving GCL South teams:

Elder 20, Scott County 14 – Junior quarterback Danny Nieman hit fellow classmate Danny Falliace with a 6-yard scoring pass midway through the third quarter to erase a 13-7 deficit and help Elder record its second straight victory, this time knocking off previously unbeaten Scott County at Georgetown College’s Toyota Stadium just outside of Lexington.  Nieman followed up a strong performance in the Panthers’ win over Oak Hills last week with another solid outing – connecting on 16-of-23 passes for 244 yards and one TD.  Junior running back Jack Mazza led Elder (2-1) on the ground, rushing 18 times for 74 yards and the Panthers other two scores.  Scott County entered the game a perfect 3-0, including a win at Highlands last Friday night.

Sophomore Kyle Trischler was Nieman’s favorite target, hauling in nine passes for 127 yards.  Senior defensive back Zach Lyons paced the Elder defense with 14 total tackles.  The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Panthers, who host two-time defending Ohio Division I state champion Lakewood St. Edward (2-0) at 7 p.m. next Saturday at The Pit.  
St. Xavier 20, Mentor  7 – Junior quarterback Chase Wolf accounted for more than 200 yards total offense and two scores, and the Bombers’ defense forced and recovered four fumbles to post the road win against one of Northeast Ohio’s top teams on the road.  Wolf, making his second straight start, completed 14-of-27 passes for 168 yards and one TD, while also rushing for 14 times for 63 yards and a score for St. Xavier (1-2).  Wolf’s 7-yard TD run with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter snapped a 7-7 tied and proved to be the eventual game-winner for the Bombers.  Senior defensive back Colton Paul returned an interception 88 yards for a TD on the game’s final play to cap off the scoring.

Colerain 6, La Salle 0 – The Lancers suffered their first defeat and had their two-game winning streak against neighborhood rival Colerain snapped, as the Cardinals’ defense held La Salle’s offense from scoring.  It was the first time La Salle had not scored in a game since the Lancers were shut out at Cleveland St. Ignatius on October 11, 2008.  La Salle (2-1) entered Friday’s game having scored 69 points in opening wins against Sycamore and East Central, IN.  The Lancers were never unable to get untracked against Colerain, managing just 74 yards rushing in 31 attempts.  The Lancers’ defense, though, limited Colerain’s explosive offense to just 103 yards rushing on 44 attempts, an average of 2.3 yards per carry.

La Salle was led by sophomore Garrett Bledsoe, who had 13 total tackles, and senior Nick Farwick with 10.  Colerain’s two scores came on field goals by Ryan Murray, who connected from 41 yards with 39 second left in the first half and then added a 35-yarder with 6:47 left in the game.  Northwest Local School District officials confirmed that a bomb threat had been called in for the Colerain High School building with approximately three minutes left in the game, forcing the building to be evacuated and searched to make sure all was clear.  After that, officials consulted with law enforcement to work out an evacuation plan, including some road closures, for the packed crowd at Cardinal Stadium to ensure that fans were able to exit and return home safely.

Moeller-Mason Game Rescheduled – Only the second meeting ever between Moeller and Mason was canceled less than one hour before kickoff because of a bomb threat that had been called in just before 6 p.m. to the Warren County Dispatch Center, forcing the stadium and surrounding parking lots – which were host to a number of pre-game tailgates around the campus – to be evacuated.   A complete sweep of the area for explosives was then conducted by Mason police with assistance from the Butter County bomb squad.

The game has been rescheduled for 2:30 Sunday afternoon at Mason’s Atrium Stadium.