Moeller-St. X Open GCL South Schedule Tonight


Posted on 9/22/2017 at 5:57 p.m.

Elder, La Salle Face Difficult Non-Conference Tests In Week Five Games

The highly anticipated Greater Catholic League South Division football season kicks off tonight with a marquee matchup, with defending Division I state champion and No. 1-ranked St. Xavier (4-0) putting its 10-game winning streak on the line when it travels to Lockland to oppose Moeller (3-1) in a game that features two quarterbacks who have combined to throw for more than 1,600 yards, 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the first four games.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Roettger Stadium, which is Moeller’s home field.  The game is sold out.

Elder and La Salle don’t open their GCL South schedules until next week, but the two schools both have difficult matchups in week five.  La Salle (4-0), the three-time defending Division II State champion and winner of a Cincinnati-best 15 consecutive games, hosts Winton Woods (4-0) tonight.  Kickoff is 7 at Lancer Stadium.  Elder (3-1), which suffered its first loss last Saturday in Cleveland against undefeated Lakewood St. Edward, 40-7, hosts the state’s top-ranked Division I team in Cleveland St. Ignatius (4-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Pit in Price Hill.

St. Xavier and Moeller, holding down the top two spots, respectively, in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll, are led by talented quarterbacks putting up impressive numbers.  The Bombers’ senior Chase Wolf, a University of Wisconsin commit, has completed 69-of-100 passes for 743 yards, nine TDs and no interceptions.  Wolf has been solid in the clutch, too, engineering two fourth-quarter scoring drives to help St. Xavier erase a 14-0 deficit in week two at Colerain.  Wolf later scored on a 1-yard TD run to give St. Xavier a 20-17 overtime road victory.  Wolf was 21-of-30 for 284 yards and four TDs in St. Xavier’s win over Indianapolis Cathedral last week.

Junior Miles McBride leads the GCL South in passing yards and TDs, having completed 55-of-72 passes (76.2 percent) with 16 TDs and just two interceptions.  In the Crusaders’ 55-6 win against Lexington Lafayette last Friday, McBride was 9-of-11 for 184 yards and a career-best five TDs.  He has tossed four TD passes in Crusader wins over Hamilton and Scott County, Ky., and threw three scoring passes against Louisville Trinity – Moeller’s lone defeat, a 38-30 setback in Louisville two weeks ago.

La Salle is looking to extend its current streak and head into its GCL South opener against Moeller next week with momentum.  The Lancers have been strong on defense, allowing just 17 points in four games while pitching two shutouts and holding Colerain’s high-powered offense to a field goal in a 7-3 victory in week one.  Brody Ingle (36), Jarred Uran (35) and Garrett Bledsoe (33) are the top three tacklers in the GCL South.  La Salle is looking to extend its winning streak to four against a talent-laden Winton Woods team that is ranked No. 2 behind La Salle in The Enquirer’s Division II area coaches’ poll.  The Lancers won 20-13 last year at Winton Woods.

Elder is looking to rebound from its first loss.  The No. 4 Panthers host St. Ignatius, which moved ahead of St. Xavier into the top spot in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings.  The Wildcats, who spent much of last season in that spot and advanced to the state title game before losing to St. Xavier in double OT, have not played Elder since the 2008 state final – a 28-20 St. Ignatius victory.  Elder, too, is looking to regain its dominance at The Pit – named one of the best places to watch a high school football game by USA Today.  The Panthers have lost three of their last six games played at home.