By Greg Shoemaker
On a night were everything seemed to be a chore, St. Xavier persevered and stuck to its gameplan in beating La Salle, 24-16 on Friday.
The Bombers (4-3, 1-2 GCL South) watched turnovers end their work on three drives.
The home crowd at St. Xavier Stadium and Tom Ballaban were stunned when the Lancers took their first and only lead of the contest two minutes into the third quarter.
It would be the toughness of a maligned St. Xavier line that would be the difference down the stretch.
Quarterback Nick Tensing threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The biggest scoring play was a 16-yard strike to Alexander Kenner late in the third quarter to give St. Xavier the lead back for good.
Ben Glines went to work after that as the Bombers line got stronger as the affair wore on. Glines would finish with 103 yards rushing, most of that in the final stanza.
A healthy Ryan Frey had his best offensive day of the season, as he finished with eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown for the Bombers.
La Salle dropped its fourth game in a row. The Lancers have lost those games by three, six, six and eight points as the art of closing games continues to elude them.
The Lancers were led by sophomore Jeremy Larkin, who ran for 77 yards and two scores. Receiver Izaiah Fuller hauled in five receptions for 101 yards.
St. Xavier travels to Indianapolis to play Warren Central (5-3). It is the first of three road games to end the regular season.
La Salle will host Center Grove (7-1) out of suburban Indianapolis. The Trojans have a victory over Warren Central this season.