St. Xavier Takes Momentum Into DI State FB Playoffs

10/04/2020

Posted on 10/4/2020 at 10:21 p.m.

Bombers’ Offense Amasses 28 First Downs, 723 Yards To Win Finale
 
After falling behind Cleveland St. Ignatius, 17-7, after one quarter early Saturday evening in its annual meeting of Ohio football powers, St. Xavier scored 55 points in the final three quarters to roar back and post a 62-37 win at Ballaban Field at St. Xavier Stadium in in the Bombers’ final tune-up before the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Football Tournament begins this Friday around the state.
 
St. Xavier (4-2), winners of two straight and four of its last five games, is the No. 3 seed in Region 4 and hosts Walnut Hills (1-2) in the opening round at 7 Friday night.  This game was quite different than St. Xavier’s win over the Wildcats, 13-10, last season in Northeast Ohio.
 
In the end, St. Xavier totaled 28 first downs and 723 total yards, including 556 through the air, against St. Ignatius (0-3), which was forced to miss the beginning of the regular season because of COVID-19.  Despite being 0-2 at the time coaches voted to seed teams in regions throughout Ohio, St. Ignatius was awarded the No. 5 seed in Region 1.
 
Junior quarterback Brogan McCaughey, who left the game early two weeks ago against Indianapolis Cathedral with an injury and did not play last week in a win against Moeller, returned to complete 39-of-51 passes for 556 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.  Senior receiver Liam Clifford had the biggest game of his standout career, hauling in 12 passes for 300 yards and two TDs covering 80 and 39 yards, respectively.  Clifford, a Penn State University recruit, finished the regular season with a GCL South-leading 702 yards receiving on 43 catches and six TDs.
 
Junior Jalen Patterson had a team-high 13 catches for 122 yards, and junior Terrell McFarlin recorded seven receptions for 78 yards and two scores.  The Bombers also were strong on the ground, led by junior Charles Kellom – who carried it 14 times for 145 yards and a pair of scores. 
 
The other three GCL South teams also are getting ready for the state playoffs.  Elder (3-3), the No. 6 seed in Region 4, hosts No. 11 Fairfield (1-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at The Pit in Price Hill.  The Panthers last met Fairfield in the opening round of the 2015 postseason, posting a 50-42 victory in a crazy game.  Moeller (1-5), which narrowly missing winning at La Salle on Friday night before the Lancers scored in the final seconds of a 27-25 win, is the No. 12 seed.  The Crusaders, losers of five straight, travel to Hamilton (3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday to face a Big Blue team that narrowly missed knocking off Colerain in its final game, 14-13, last Friday.
 
And La Salle (4-2), winner of four of the last six DII state championships including last season, is preparing for what it hopes will be another lengthy postseason run.  The Lancers enter the playoffs having won three of their last four games.  La Salle (4-2) is the No. 2 seed behind unbeaten Winton Woods in Region 8 and, as a result, receives a first-round bye this week.  La Salle will meet the winner of Friday’s first-round game between Eastern Cincinnati Conference members Little Miami and Loveland on Friday, October 9 at Lancer Stadium.