GCL South FB Teams In Position For State Playoffs


Posted on 10/30/019 at 1:32 p.m.

Elder, St. Xavier Have Qualified In Division I; La Salle On Verge in DII

As the final weekend of the football regular season nears, three Greater Catholic League South Division teams are hoping to gain momentum to take into the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Football Tournament that begins with first-round games one week from this Friday.  Elder, which already has secured a spot and first-round home game, wants to win a league title and extend its winning streak to six games; St. Xavier, also in and hosting, is looking for s second straight win; while La Salle controls its own destiny, with a chance to win the GCL South crown and also lock up a first-round playoff home game with a victory Friday.

The latest Harbin computer ratings, used to qualify teams for postseason play, were released at noon Tuesday by the OHSAA.  Elder and St. Xavier held  steady with the second and third spots, respectively, in Division I, Region 4.  Both trail only unbeaten and top seed Fairfield (9-0) in the regional rankings and, as a result, will host first-round games that will be played on Friday, November 8 at campus sites of the top four seeds in each region.

Elder (8-1), up to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press DI state poll,  closes its regular season at La Salle at 7 p.m. Friday in a game that will determine the outright champion of the GCL South.  Both Elder and La Salle enter the game with 2-0 league records.  No. 8 St. Xavier (7-2), coming off a 13-10 road victory against Cleveland St. Ignatius, travels to Louisville St. Xavier (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.  Fairfield also has a big game, hosting No. 4 seed Colerain (8-1) in a game that will determine the outright champion in the Greater Miami Conference.  Both are tie with 7-0 GMC records entering the finale.

La Salle (7-2) is third in the DII, Region 8 ratings – trailing Harrison (8-1) and Turpin (9-0).  The Lancers, who dipped to No. 10 in the AP DII state rankings this week after a 26-21 loss at home to Winton Woods last Friday, would either hold steady or possibly even climb up a spot with a victory against Elder.  According to the website JoeEitel.com, which unofficially projects the Harbin computer ratings each week, the Lancers   According to Eitel’s site, La Salle controls its own destiny to make the playoffs.  A win and the Lancers are in while, even with a loss, La Salle would likely make the postseason as it currently holds a nearly two-point advantage over the fourth and fifth ranked teams in the ratings.

The final Harbin ratings will be released at noon Sunday, with the first-round pairings set to be released by the OHSAA around 3 p.m. that same day.  Games in Divisions I, II, III and VI will kick off at 7 p.m. on November 8 and be held on Fridays through the regionals; Division IV, V and VII games will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Moeller (1-8), the fourth GCL South member, closes its season at noon Saturday by hosting Canada Prep Football Academy from St. Catherines, Ontario  at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex on the school’s Montgomery Road campus in Kenwood.  The Crusaders are looking to snap a six-game losing streak in the process.