GCL South Games Highlight Week Six Of Football Season


Posted on 9/29/2017 at 12:00 p.m.

St. Xavier Vies To Extend Streak; Elder, La Salle, Moeller Look To Rebound

St. Xavier looks to keep its winning streak alive tonight, while Elder, La Salle and Moeller all look to rebound from losses last week on an important night of league games involving the four Greater Catholic League South Division football teams.  Elder travels to unbeaten and top-ranked St. Xavier, while La Salle and Moeller play at Roettger Stadium in  Lockland.  Both games kick off at 7.

St. Xavier (5-0, 1-0 GCL South), the defending Division I state champion and top-ranked team in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll, all season is looking to extend its winning streak to 12 games.  To do so, the Bombers will have to get past No. 3 Elder (3-2), which is coming off a 30-28 loss last Saturday to state runner-up Cleveland St. Ignatius, which is ranked No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state poll.  St. Xazvier is No. 2 in the state rankings.   This is the GCL South opener for Elder, while St. Xavier can win the coveted league title outright with a victor over Elder and La Salle the next two games, both of which are at home.

The Bombers defeated Moeller, 30-7, last Friday in their GCL opener behind a stingy defense that held Moeller to less than 200 total yards and only allowed one touchdown.  Moeller had scored 30 or more points in its first four games, three of which were victories.  Senior quarterback Chase Wolf had another solid game for St. Xavier, completing 16-of-26 passes for 202 yards and one score.  He also ran for a TD.  Senior back Matthew Fox carried 25 times for 116 yards and one score, while also catching three passes for 46 yards and a TD.

Elder (3-2) came up just short against St. Ignatius in the first meeting between these two schools since the 2008 state title game, won by St. Ignatius, 28-20.  This meeting was close throughout, with Elder taking a 21-20 lead with 4:40 left in the third quarter on a 28-yard TD pass from Danny Nieman to Jack O’Brien.  St. Ignatius went in front for good early in the final quarter on a 55-yard field goal by kicker Matt Trickett, who earlier had converted field goals from 45 and 40 yards, respectively.  St. Ignatius scored another TD to go in front 30-21 with 5:08 remaining.  Nieman was solid for Elder, going 23-of-37 for 303 yards and four TDs.

La Salle (4-1), like Elder, opens GCL South play.  The defending league champion Lancers had the longest winning streak in Greater Cincinnati snapped last week in an 18-15 loss at home to unbeaten Winton Woods.  La Salle, which had allowed only two TDs in the first four games, held Winton Woods out of the end zone for three quarters and carried a 7-5 lead into the fourth quarter.  But the Warriors scored two rushing TDs to end La Salle’s 15 game-unbeaten streak that dated back to last September.  La Salle, which is No. 3 in this week’s Division II area coaches’ poll behind Winton Woods and Anderson, managed just 46 yards on 21 rushing attempts against Winton Woods.

No. 5 Moeller (3-2, 0-1) will play its first game this season without junior quarterback Miles McBride, who entered last week’s game against St. Xavier having completed 76.2 percent of his passes with 16 TDs and two interceptions.  McBride was 3-of-6 for 44 yards and one score, a 28-yarder to senior Jack McCracken for a score midway through the first quarter to give Moeller at 7-0 lead, before he suffered a season-ending foot injury in the second quarter.     Tonight’s game begins a grueling streak of schedule for Moeller, with games against Elder in week seven, and then three straight against unbeaten teams in St. Ignatius, Lakewood St. Edward  and Winton Woods.

All four of those games are on the road.