By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
For the second straight Friday night, Greater Catholic League South Division football teams had to play through less than desirable weather conditions – with lightning again forcing many games to be delayed last night – to post a 3-1 record against non-league competition. Elder, La Salle and St. Xavier each posted victories, while Moeller narrowly missed remaining undefeated and handing Scott County, Ky. its first loss of the season in four games.
Here is a look at the GCL South games:
Elder 21, Clarkson (Ontario) North 13 – Junior Matthew Luebbe rushed for a game-high 105 yards on just 13 carries, and senior quarterback Michael Bittner accounted for two touchdowns as Elder (3-0) built a 21-0 halftime lead to stay unbeaten. The Panthers’ defense was led by senior linebacker Jake Hofmeyer, who finished with a team-high 11 total tackles, and senior lineman Jake Voelkerding, who had two sacks. Elder hosts Lakewood St. Edward at 4:30 next Saturday, September 15 before traveling to Northeast Ohio to face Cleveland St. Ignatius on Saturday, September 22 at 3 p.m.
La Salle 13, Lutheran North (MO) 12 – Junior quarterback MK Horton connected with senior receiver Kevin Swift on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 3:06 remaining, and senior Jake Seibert converted the extra point to give La Salle (2-1) its second consecutive win. Seibert, who is 4-of-4 on field goals this season after hitting 9-of-11 last fall, hit from 25 and 37 yards, respectively, in the first quarter. La Salle’s defense was solid – allowing just 155 total yards and 1-of-12 conversions on third down. Senior linebackers Jarred Uran and Brody Ingle had 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. La Salle travels to Scott County at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
St. Xavier 41, Walnut Hills 7 – Sophomore Liam Clifford and senior Chris Payne each had two TDs, while St. Xavier (2-1) also scored on defense and special teams in the road victory. Clifford caught a 42-yard TD pass with just over a minute remaining in the first half, and then ran 77 yards for a score 22 seconds into the second half to give the Bombers a 28-7 lead, while Payne caught scoring strikes of 8 and 2 yards, respectively. The Bombers’ defense allowed just 61 total yards and forced four turnovers, scoring on a 40-yard interception return by senior Nathan Stockman. St. Xavier travels to Indianapolis Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
Scott County (KY) 10, Moeller 7 – Scott County’s Austin Barnett ran five yards for a TD with 7:49 remaining to erase a 7-3 deficit and hand Moeller (2-1) its first loss of the season. The Crusaders, held scoreless until late in the third quarter, took the lead when senior quarterback Mitch McKenzie scored on a 1-yard run with 2:18 left in that quarter. That was the game’s lone TD until Scott County, which has won its first four games, converted in the final period. Scott County rushed 51 times for 275 yards, a 5.4-yard average, and converted 3-of-5 fourth downs. Moeller plays its second straight Kentucky opponent next Friday, traveling to Lexington Lafayette at 7p.m.
The four GCL South teams are a combined 9-3 after the first three weeks.