Elder-St. Xavier Game Takes Center Stage In FB Race


Posted on 9/11/2020 at 7:39 p.m.

Winner One Step Closer To Title; La Salle, Moeller On Road Tonight
Two first-year starting quarterbacks take center stage tonight when Elder hosts St. Xavier in a key Greater Catholic League South Division football game at 7 p.m. at The Pit on Elder High School’s Price Hill campus.  Juniors Ben Hambelton of Elder and Brogan McCaughey of St. Xavier, taking over their respective offenses after both programs graduated starters after last season, lead the league in passing yards after the first two games.
In fact, only one yard separates the two with Hambelton having completed 32-of-41 passes for 562 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.  Hambelton took over for Matthew Luyebbe, who was named co-GCL South Player of the Year last season with Cam Porter of La Salle.  McCaughey, who stepped in for first-team all-league performer Matthew Reuve (now at Boston College), has connected on 47-of-70 passes for 561 yards, five TDs and two interceptions.  He passed for 309 yards, three TDs with no picks against La Salle last week.
Tonight’s game could go a long way in determining the GCL South champion.  Elder (1-1, 0-1 GCL South) needs a win and a victory against Moeller next Friday to have a chance of sharing the league title.  St. Xavier (1-1, 1-0) can win the crown outright with a win tonight and against Moeller .  Elder opened its season with a 53-52 loss to La Salle in double overtime two weeks ago; St. Xavier defeated the Lancers, 24-10, last Friday ay at La Salle.
La Salle and Moeller, though, can still earn the coveted GCL South championship – with Moeller (1-1) having the chance to win it outright.  The Crusaders, who are at nationally ranked Louisville Trinity at 7 tonight in the season-opening game for Kentucky schools, play their GCL South schedule starting next Friday with consecutive games at Elder, St. Xavier and La Salle the final three weeks of the abbreviated six-week Ohio regular season schedule.  Moeller lost at East Central, Ind., 21-6, last Friday.
La Salle (1-1, 1-1), the defending GCL South champion, had its four-game league winning streak snapped by St. Xavier last week.  The Lancers close their league schedule by hosting Moeller in week six.  La Salle travels to Liberty Township at 7 tonight to face Lakota East (0-2) from the Greater Miami Conference.  If two or more teams finish in a tie, the schools share the league title as there is not head-to-head competition or other formulas used as a tiebreaker.