Former GCL South Award Winners Lead Northwestern


Posted on 1/2/2021 at 6:08 p.m.

Ramsey, Porter Combine To Lead Wildcats To Gator Bowl Victory
Elder graduate Peyton Ramsey and La Salle alum Cam Porter – who earned Greater Catholic League South Division Player of the Year honors during their high school football careers – combined to help Northwestern to a convincing 35-19 victory over Auburn in the Citrus Bowl on Friday afternoon at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Ramsey, named GCL South Player of the Year both his junior and senior seasons (2014 and 2015), completed 24-of-35 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.  He also rushed 10 times for 50 yards and one score, a 30-yard scoring run with 4:13 remaining in the third quarter to give Northwestern a 21-13 lead.  He was named the game’s MVP.
Porter, who received the league’s top honor in 2019 after helping lead La Salle to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state title, led the Wildcats in rushing against Auburn with 13 carries for 98 yards and a 1-yard TD.  Porter, a freshman, had a long run of 19 yards.  He made his first start in the Big Ten Conference championship loss to Ohio State, where he scored a TD for the third straight game.
Ramsey, a graduate transfer who came to Evanston, Ill. after an outstanding career at Indiana University, was on the Johnny Unitas Award Watch List for the second straight year.  Ramsey helped engineer a huge turnaround for Northwestern – which finished 3-9 last season with one conference win but – with Ramsey at the helm – posed a 6-1 record in the Big Ten in this shortened season to win the league’s West Division, earning a spot in the title game and ultimately a berth in the bowl game.
Ramsey, who earned his degree in secondary education and was Academic All-Big Ten last season at IU, had an outstanding career for the Hoosiers.  A year ago, he completed 204-of-300 (68.0 percent) for 2,454 yards with 13 TDs and five interceptions.  Ramsey’s  .completion percentage ranked second in program history, second in the conference and ninth nationally.  Ramsey guided IU to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Gator Bowl, where the Hoosiers lost to Tennessee, 23-22.
At Elder, playing for his dad, Doug, he finished his varsity career with 6,708 yards on 570-of-900 passing (63.3 percent) with 49 touchdowns, while also rushing for 2,692 yards on 465 carries (5.8 average) and 32 TDs.  He holds Panther career records in passing yardage, total touchdowns, completions and attempts.  Ramsey led Elder to three-straight playoff appearances, the 2015 regional final and a conference championship.  He was a three-year letterwinner in football and basketball.
Porter recorded a career-high 142 yards rushing in the Wildcats’ win against Illinois on December 12 and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance.  In Northwestern’s 22-10 loss to Ohio State in the conference title game, Porter made his first career start and scored a TD for the third straight game.
At La Salle, Porter was a freshman when the Lancers won their third consecutive DII state crown in 2016.  He was a versatile performer during his career, putting up impressive statistics as a rusher, receiver and special teams returner.  Twice named La Salle’s team captain, Porter rushed for 905 yards and 22 TDS, while also catching 22 passes for 30 yards.  In the Lancers’ 34-17 win against Massillon Washington in the state final, Porter scored three TDs and was named the game’s MVP.
Porter finished his prep career with 2,285 yards rushing, 690 yards receiving and 34 touchdowns. He was twice named GCL South Back of the Year (2017 * 18) and was named first team All-GCL from 2017 to 2019.  As a senior, Porter was named first team all-city, all Southwest Ohio and All-Ohio.

St. X’s Hilliard To Play In Title Game – The GCL South also will be represented in the BCS National Championship with St. Xavier alum Justin Hilliard a member of the Ohio State University team that will face Alabama on Monday, December 11 in Miami, Fla. for the championship of college football in 2020.  

Hillard, who graduated in May 2019 with a degree in marketing, is a 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker for the Buckeyes – who defeated Clemson, 49-28, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans late Friday to earn a spot in the title game.

Hilliard, who returned for his sixth season of eligibility this year, has been a slid performer on and off the football field during his college career.  Last season, Hilliard was OSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.  He also is two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.  Hilliard recovered from an Achilles injury he suffered in spring practice last season to play in 12 games last season.

A 2015 graduate of St. Xavier, Hilliard came up with a key interception in the end zone to help the Buckeyes defeat Northwestern in the Big Ten title game and earn one of four spots in the College Football Playoff.  Hilliard was a two-time first team All-GCL South linebacker for the Bombers, earning those accolades his junior and senior seasons before signing with OSU.