Sunday, July 09, 2000

McNick QB transferring to Elder

Junior was city's 2nd-best passer in '99

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The competition for the starting quarterback position at Elder High has intensified.

        Bryan Cupito, a starter for McNicholas last year as a sophomore, has transferred to Elder and will battle three others, including 1999 backup Matt Scholl, (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) for the starting position.

        Last year, Cupito completed 136 of 248 passes for 1,887 yards and a Cincinnati-best 23 touchdowns.

        Cupito's passing numbers, which led the Rockets to a 7-3 record, were second only to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's John Lucas, who completed 116 of 209 passes for 2,077 yards.

        “I've only watched Bryan once during our one-day camp,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “He has a strong arm and throws the ball well.”

        Cupito, whose father, Steve, was a lineman at Elder, also is expected to challenge for the point guard position for the Panthers basketball team.

        Elder football went 8-1 during the 1999 regular season but finished second behind St.Xavier in the Greater Catholic League South Division.

        The Panthers qualified to the playoffs and defeated Oak Hills and Centerville before losing to Huber Heights Wayne in the Division I regional championship game.

        Moeller and Elder were expected to battle for the GCL title in 2000, but the addition of Cupito, a proven quarterback, might make the Panthers slight favorites.


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