GCL South Goes 3-For-3 In Friday Non-Conference Games


Posted on 9/16/2017 at 4:57 p.m.

Elder Looks To Cap Perfect Week Against St. Edward In Cleveland Tonight

It was another perfect Friday night for the Greater Catholic League South Division football teams, with La Salle, Moeller and St. Xavier each posting double-digit victories at home against non-league opponents in preparation for what figures to be another highly competitive GCL South race that begins next week.  Elder, the fourth GCL South member,  will attempt to wrap up the third undefeated week for the league in four tries when it travels to Greater Cleveland to take on perennial state power Lakewood St. Edward tonight.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Bedford High School.

Here is a look at the other three GCM South games from Friday night:

La Salle 28, Scott County, KY 14 – The Lancers (4-0) did surrender their first touchdowns of the season, but managed to extend Cincinnati’s longest winning streak to 15 games with a balanced offense against Scott County (3-2).  Sophomore running back Cameron Porter carried 26 times for 130 yards and two scores, including a 20-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that extended the La Salle lead to 14 points.  Senior quarterback Griffin Merritt was solid too, connecting on 14-of-21 passes for  218 yards and one score for La Salle, which wraps up non-league play by hosting unbeaten Winton Woods next Friday.  La Salle is ranked No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press Division II state poll.

Moeller 55, Lexington Lafayette 6 – The Crusaders (3-1) got another near-perfect performance from junior quarterback Miles McBride, who went 9-of-11 for 194 yards and a career-five TD passes against Lafayette (1-4).  McBride, who earlier was 11-of-12 for 201 yards and four TDs in a win against Hamilton and then connected on 14-of-18 passes for240 yards and four more scores last week at Scott County, has now thrown a league-high 16 TDs with just two interceptions in four games.  Senior Jack McCracken caught four passes for 102 yards and three TDs against Lafayette, while senior Colin Thurman ran 14 times for 120 yards and one TD.

St. Xavier 31, Indianapolis Cathedral 7 – The Bombers (4-0) extended their winning streak to 10 games behind another outstanding performance from senior quarterback Chas Wolf and their defense, which held Cathedral (1-4) to eight first downs, 187 total yards and forced nine punts.  Wolf, meanwhile, completed 21-of-30 passes for 284 yards and four TDs, with three of the scoring passes going to senior Andrew Wittrock – who had five receptions for 166 yards, including scoring catches of 68, 49 and 40 yards.  Jared Kreimer and Cameron Specht had seven and six catches, respectively, to lead St. Xavier – No. 1 in the AP Division I state rankings this week.

Elder (3-0) will attempt to give the GCL South its third undefeated week in four tries when it faces St. Edward (3-0) tonight.  The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll this week with St. Xavier No. 1 and Moeller No. 3 (La Salle is No. 1 in Division II), is coming off a 27-23 win at Gahanna Lincoln in Columbus last week.  Elder has won two of the last three meetings in the series, including a 15-9 victory at The Pit last season.   Entering tonight’s game, GCL South schools are 14-1 against non-conference opponents.  Moeller and St. Xavier open league play next Friday, facing each other at Lockland’s Roettger Stadium at 7 p.m.