Elder, La Salle Post Non-Conference Wins Friday


Posted on 10/22/2016 at 9:33 a.m.

St. Xavier, Moeller To Face NE Ohio’s Best In Saturday DH

Elder and La Salle posted non-conference victories at home Friday night, before the two schools are scheduled to play next Friday on the final night of the regular season at The Pit in a game that will determine the Greater Catholic League South Division standings this season.  If La Salle can emerge with a road win, the Lancers will earn their first outright league football championship in the school’s history.  If Elder wins, the Panthers will earn a share of the GCL South crown with La Salle and St. Xavier.

La Salle (7-2, 2-0 GCL South) will enter the Elder matchup riding a five-game winning streak after defeating North Clarkson from Mississauga, Ontario, 31-13, Friday night at Lancer Stadium.    Junior quarterback Griffin Merritt continues to play well, completing 17-of-21 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown, while senior Jarell White carried seven times for 100 yards – including a 73-yard scoring run with just over three minutes left in the third quarter to give La Salle at 28-13 lead.

The game was called by officials with just over five minutes remaining following a skirmish between the teams.

Elder (6-3, 1-1) bounced back from a loss to Winton Woods with a 34-0 victory over the International School of Broward, FL.  The shutout was the third this season for Elder, which also held Oak Hills and Pittsburgh University Prep without a point.  Senior TiAriq Dailey carried 15 times for 119 yards and three TDs as Elder finished with 218 yards rushing.  The Panthers’ defense also helped the cause by forcing three turnovers and recording four sacks, two each from senior Trae Amend and sophomore Spencer Bono.

St. Xavier and Moeller play today against two of the top teams from Northeast Ohio in their annual week nine matchups.  First, St. Xavier (4-4) hosts Cleveland St. Ignatius at 2 p.m. at St. Xavier Stadium’s Ballaban Field.  St. Ignatius, which defeated Moeller, 38-7, eight days ago in Columbus, is 7-1 and ranked No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings.  St. Ignatius won last year’s meeting in Cleveland, rallying from a 10-0 deficit after one quarter to score 17 points in the third and win 34-10.

Then, Moeller (3-5) looks to snap its four-game losing streak and keep the Crusaders’ playoff hopes alive when it meets Lakewood St. Edward at 5 p.m. at Lockland Stadium. St. Edward, the two-time defending Division I state champion, enters with a 6-1 record and a No. 4 ranking in the AP Division I state poll.  The Eagles’ lone blemish this season was against GCL South member Elder, 15-9, at The Pit last month.  St. Edward beat Moeller, 49-17, last year in Cleveland and has won the last five in the series.

Both games are scheduled to be televised live by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official broadcast partner of the GCL South.  The games can be seen on TWC channels 99 and 311/1311 in Southwest Ohio.