By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Lakewood St. Edward rushed 40 times for 281 yards, an average of seven yards per carry, and four touchdowns to post a 40-7 victory against Elder Saturday night at Bedford High School in Greater Cleveland. The loss was the first this season for the Panthers (3-1), ranked No. 2 behind St. Xavier in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll. The loss was only the second in four weeks for the four Greater Catholic League South teams, which own an impressive 14-2 record against non-league opponents this season.
No. 3 Moeller (3-1) and No. 1 St. Xavier (4-0), the defending Division I state champion and winner of 10 straight games, open GCL South play at 7 p.m. Friday at Lockland’s Roettger Field. St. Xavier is also the top-ranked team in the latest Associated Press Division I state rankings, with St. Edward No. 4 and Elder No. 7. La Salle (4-0) , which holds the top spot in the AP state rankings and in The Enquirer’s latest coaches’ rankings at the Division II level, owns Greater Cincinnati’s longest winning streak at 15 games. The Lancers host unbeaten Winton Woods (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Lancers Stadium.
It doesn’t get any easier this week for Elder, which fell behind St. Edward by a score of 33-0 minutes into the third quarter. The Panthers were held to just 17 yards rushing on 15 attempts, while St. Edward also forced a pair of interceptions in limiting the Elder offense to 177 total yards. Elder now prepares to face another Greater Cleveland talent-laden team, when it hosts Division I state runner-up St. Ignatius (4-0) – ranked No. 2 in the AP state poll - at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Pit in Price Hill. The two teams haven’t met since the Division I state final in 2008, a game that St. Ignatius won, 28-20.