Saturday, October 09, 1999

Elder, 28, Moeller 18

Victory sets up showdown with St. X

Enquirer contributor

Elder's P.J. Volker and Ryan Vanderpool celebrate a tackle.
(Jeff Swinger photos)
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        In the aftermath of his team's impressive 28-18 victory over Moeller on Friday night, Elder coach Doug Ramsey allowed himself the luxury of looking ahead one week.

        Elder, the city's No. 1 team, will travel to No. 2 St. Xavier on Friday for a battle of unbeatens. The winner claims the GCL South title.

        “We want to be GCL champs, that's all there is to it,” Ramsey said. “We want to walk off that field GCL champs.”

        Elder's performance against Moeller Friday inspired that kind of assuredness.

Phil Rueve catches a pass over Moeller defender Dave Blanks.
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        Elder (7-0, 2-0 GCLS) put together a controlling performance in front of more than 10,000 faithful in the Elder Pit against a Moeller team (3-4, 1-2 GCLS) desperate to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Panthers mixed the run and pass for 445 total yards and matched Moeller's physical offensive and defensive lines.

        “We could not run the ball very well, and they ran the ball on us some,” said Moeller coach Steve Klonne, when asked if line play was pivotal. “That's exactly right, up front was where this game was won and lost.”

        Elder's offensive line gave junior tailback Kyle Koester clear running lanes on numerous occasions, and Koester responded with 33 carries for 202 yards and three TDs.

        Elder quarterback Collin Carey completed 10-of-18 passes for 230 yards in the game and a TD.

        “What concerned us most was their defensive front. Would we be able to block them and run the ball?” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “Then, on the (defensive) side, we also played well. We've got quick guys who ran to the ball.”

        “I thought the key part of the game was getting up first,” said Elder's Koester. “Going downfield the way we did helped our confidence a lot. The offensive line played a heckuva game and just blew people up.”

        Elder backed Moeller into a hole by producing its two best drives on its opening possessions of each half. Elder's first drive of the game

        produced five first downs in six plays, with Koester capping the drive with a 13-yard TD run that put Elder up 7-0.

        After leading 14-5 at half, Elder scored on the first possession of the second half. The Panthers covered 75 yards in six plays, with Chris Braun catching a 37-yard TD pass from Carey to put Elder ahead 21-5.

        “They were blitzing to try and stop the run on that play,” said Ramsey, “and we went over the top for the TD. We have the ability with this offense to make big plays.”

        Moeller's Klonne felt Koester's second score of the game really hurt his team's chances. Moeller had bounced back with a 27-yard field goal by Mike Murphy 2:45 before halftime to pull within 7-5. But Koester broke a 41-yard run in the final minute of the half to get the ball to the Moeller 1-yard line, then scored on the next play to put Elder ahead 14-5 at halftime and re-establish momentum.

        Moeller went to a hurry-up offense and added two TDs in the fourth quarter but never got closer than the final margin.

        Moeller ....... 2 3 0 13-18

        Elder ....... 7 7 14 0-28

        E—Koester 13 run (DeFranco kick)

        M—Safety, snap over punter's head out of end zone

        M—Murphy 27 FG

        E—Koester 1 run (DeFranco kick)

        E—Braun 37 pass from Carey (DeFranco kick)

        E—Koester 13 run (DeFranco kick)

        M—Reisert 1 run (pass failed)

        M—Blanks 5 run (Murphy kick) Records: M 3-4 (1-2 GCLS), E 7-0 (2-0 GCLS).

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