Elder, Moeller Split Saturday Rescheduled Football Games

09/03/2017

Posted on 9/3/2017 at 7:34 p.m.

GCL South Posts Impressive 7-1 Record  In First Two Weeks Of Season

Junior running back Luke Masminster ran for 110 yards and four touchdowns and senior quarterback Danny Nieman was nearly perfect to help lead Elder to a 41-12 victory over neighborhood rival Oak Hills late Saturday afternoon at The Pit in Price Hill.  In Saturday’s other game involving a Greater Catholic League South Division school, Moeller built a 17-point lead late in the first half only to see Louisville Trinity come storming back to score 31 unanswered points and post a 38-30 victory earlier in the day in Louisville.  Both games were originally scheduled for Friday night, but were moved back one day because of forecasted heavy rains and winds from Hurricane Harvey.

As a result, GCL South Division teams finished the first two weeks of the regular season with an impressive 7-1 record.    La Salle and St. Xavier won their games Friday night, with the Bombers rallying in the fourth quarter from a 14-point deficit to defeat Colerain, 20-17, in overtime and extend their winning streak to eight games.  For the second straight week, La Salle did not allow a TD – this time posting a 13-0 victory at East Central to increase its winning streak to 13 games dating back to mid-September of last season.

Elder (2-0) displayed great balance against Oak Hills, racking up nearly 400 yards of total offense and building a 34-0 lead in the third quarter.  Masminster paced the rushing attack, while Nieman completed 16-of-19 passes for 180 yards and one TD.  Massminster, a linebacker heading into the season, was moved to offense and running back because of an injury to senior co-captain Luke Mazza.  Against Oak Hills (0-2), Masminster also caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 32-yarder.

A week after an impressive opening 42-7 win at Hamilton behind junior quarter Miles McBride, who went 12-of-13 for 201 yards and four TDs passing in that game, the Crusaders came out  strong again and held a 24-7 lead with just over two minutes left in the first half.  But Trinity (3-0), annually one of the favorites to win the Class 6A state championship in Kentucky, rallied back to get a late field goal to make it 24-10 before intermission, and then scored three touchdowns on passes from quarterback Nick Bohn in the third quarter to take the lead.  Bohn finished 39-of-48 for 490 yards and four TDs.

Bohn’s favorite target was University of Texas commit Rondale Moore, who hauled in 22 passes for 304 yards and three scores.  McBride turned in another solid performance, completing 21-of-31 passes for 277 yards and three TDs, while tossing two interceptions.  Senior RJ Khayo caught a team-high eight passes for 93 yards and one TD.  Moeller (1-1) was never able to get its rushing game untracked, carrying 23 times for 39 yards – an average of 1.7 yards per carry.  It doesn’t get any easier for the Crusaders, who travel to Lexington next Friday to face unbeaten Scott County (3-0).  Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at Georgetown College.

Here is a look at the GCL South games Friday:

Elder at Gahanna Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Moeller at Scott County, KY, 7 p.m. (Georgetown College)
West Clermont at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Walnut Hills at St. Xavier, 7 p.m.