GCL South Football Teams Prepare For Big Friday Night

09/06/2019

Posted on 9/6/19 at 9:22 a.m.

Elder, Moeller Face Tough Challenges; La Salle, St. X Set To Face GMC

It certainly should be a challenging Friday night for all four Greater Catholic League South Division football teams, with Elder and Moeller facing unbeaten teams from neighboring states in a pair of quality interstate matchups, and La Salle and St. Xavier hitting the road to test their mettle against two member of the Greater Miami Conference.  The highlight might be St. Xavier at Colerain, which has been the game in Greater Cincinnati for the last decade.

These perennial state powers have played twice each of the last five years and seven of the previous nine years, squaring off in this annual week two home-and-home series and then meeting again in the postseason.  Colerain leads the series, 9-7, since 2010, and the Cardinals won both meeting last season en route to an appearance in the Division I state title game.  The majority of the games have been decided by a touchdown or less, with perhaps the most memorable game in recent years coming in the 2016 state playoffs – when St. Xavier rallied from a double-digit deficit entering the fourth quarter to win, 29-23, in overtime and go on to win the school’s third state title after finishing 5-5 in the regular season.  St. Xavier also won state crowns in 2005 and 2007.

Colerain and St. Xavier are expected to be among the area’s top teams again this season.  Colerain opened the Shawn Cutright era with a 28-19 victory last Friday at Huber Heights Wayne, while St. Xavier outscored Brownsburg, Ind., 22-0, in the second half to erase a 17-16 halftime deficit and win, 38-17, at home.  Senior Matthew Rueve completed 21-of-35 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns.  Receivers Marshall Lang and Liam Clifford each had seven receptions for the Bombers, who racked up 17 first downs and 413 total yards.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Colerain’s Cardinal Stadium.

Elder (1-0) is ranked No. 1 after a convincing 41-6 win at Gahanna Lincoln in Greater Columbus.  The Panthers were led by senior quarterback Matthew Luebbe, who passed for 111 yards while also rushing just seven times for 241`yards and TD jaunts of 80 and 89 yards, respectively.  Elder will be tested in its home opener, hosting Indianapolis Cathedral at The Pit in Price Hill.  Cathedral (2-0) was dominant in a 28-0 win against Moeller last Saturday at St. Xavier as part of a Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis Challenge.  Cathedral’s defense limited Moeller to just five first downs and 78 total yards, allowing the Crusaders to complete just 4-of-15 passes for 26 yards and rush 31 times for 52 yards.  

Speaking of Moeller, it doesn’t get much easier for first-year coach Todd Naumann’s team – which travels down Interstate 71 to face Louisville Trinity (2-0) – which has a lopsided win against Carmel, Ind., and a 17-14 victory against a strong Warren Central team from Indianapolis in its first two games.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. in Louisville.

La Salle (1-0) is looking for a second consecutive strong performance and two straight victories against members of the GMC.  The Lancers opened their season with a convincing 31-7 win against Lakota West last Friday at Lancer Stadium – limiting West to 164 total yards, including a 3.2-yard average in 31 rushing attempts and just five completions in 23 attempts passing, for 65 yards through the air.

Offensively, the Lancers were led by senior back Cam Porter – who carried a mere 10 times for 108 yards that included a 69-yard TD run in the third quarter that gave La Salle a 24-0 lead at the time.  Mason (0-1) has been a perennial playoff contender in recent years, though the Comets opened with a 34-7 home loss to Springboro.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Mason’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.