GCL South FB Teams Prepare For Second-Round Matchups


Posted on 10/16/2020 at 1:58 p.m.

Moeller-St. Xavier Rematch Takes Center Stage In Tonight’s Region 4 Playoff Games
All four Greater Catholic League South Division football teams are in action tonight when the second round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Football State Tournament resumes in four divisions (I , II, III and VII) around the state
The Region 4 quarterfinals include a GCL South rematch between Moeller and No. 3 seed St. Xavier, along with Elder traveling to face tradition-rich and No. 2 seed Princeton in a game that features two of Greater Cincinnati’s most explosive offenses.  La Salle, which received a first-round bye last week following a No. 2 seed behind only unbeaten Winton Woods in DII, Region 8, looks to win its fifth state championship in seven years when it begins its state title defense with a home game.
St. Xavier (5-2), the regular-season GCL South champion and winner of five of its last six games, looks to keep its recent offensive surge rolling against Moeller (2-5), which is playing its best football after hitting the road last week to record a 43-27 win at No. 5 seed Hamilton.  The Crusaders, who snaped a five-game losing streak in the process, gave St. Xavier a challenge in the first meeting despite throwing three first-half interceptions to fall behind 21-14 at halftime.  But the Bombers, who scored 55 points in the final three quarters of a 63-27 victory against Cleveland St. Ignatius two weeks ago and then rolled to a 42-6 halftime lead of a 49-13 win against Walnut Hills in the postseason opener last week, scored 22 unanswered points in the final two quarters of a 43-14 win against Moeller on September 25.
Kickoff is 7 tonight at Ballaban Field at St. Xavier Stadium.
Elder (4-3) needed a fourth-quarter rally last week to erase a 39-28 deficit and post a 42-39 win against Fairfield at The Pit in Price Hill last Friday.  The Panthers, who got two fourth-quarter touchdowns to escape with the win, got a big night from junior Drew Ramsey – who finished with 158 yards rushing on 17 carries and four TDs, including one in the fourth quarter.  Princeton (6-1) had little trouble posting a 55-0 win against Oak Hills in its opening game.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Mancuso Field at Viking Stadium.
The other two Region 4 matchups feature four GMC teams, with Colerain (5-2) heading to Mason (5-2) and Lakota East (4-3) traveling the short distance to Lakota West (6-0) – the region’s No. 1 seed led by a defense that has only given up 20 total points and recorded four shutouts in six games.  Though all four schools compete in the same league, Colerain did not play Mason and East was not matched up against district rival West during the shortened six-game regular season.  Both games are scheduled to kick off at 7 tonight, with the winners set to meet in the regional semifinals next Friday.
No doubt La Salle (4-2) is ready to get back to action after ending the regular season with three victories in its final four games – including a 27-25 last-second win against Moeller in the finale two weeks ago.  The Lancers have been nothing short of dominant in the postseason in recent years, posting a 22-1 record in the playoffs the last five appearances – the lone loss to Winton Woods, 16-14, in the 2017 regional final.  La Salle breezed through the playoffs last season, and the Lancers are looking for a fast start against Little Miami – a team the Lancers defeated 42-0 in the first round last season.  Little Miami advanced to tonight’s second round with a 50-42 win against Loveland a week ago. 
Kickoff is 7 tonight at Lancer Stadium.