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St. Xavier football team wins the Greater Catholic League South division title outright

Posted at 10:55 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 23:23:03-04

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The St. Xavier football team defeated visiting Moeller 43-14 Friday night to capture the Greater Catholic League South division title outright.

It marks the fourth GCL South title for the Bombers since 2014.

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St. X also won the title outright in 2017, shared it with Elder in 2015 and also shared it with La Salle and Moeller in 2014.

St. X never trailed Friday night. The Bombers celebrated Senior Night in style.

The Bombers led 7-0 after senior linebacker Matthew Devine's 3-yard interception return for a touchdown at the 6:01 mark of the first quarter.

Devine had a team-high seven tackles during the game. He has 47 tackles for the season.

Senior wide receiver Liam Clifford's 8-yard touchdown reception helped to give the Bombers a 14-0 lead.

Moeller later closed the gap late in the second quarter to only trail 21-14 at halftime.

The Bombers outscored the Crusaders 22-0 in the second half.

St. X earned 459 yards of total offense. Junior running back Charles Kellom rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Ryan Nolan was 20 of 23 passing for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Jalen Patterson had eight receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown. Clifford, who is verbally committed to Penn State, had six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.

St. X (3-2) plays host to Cleveland St. Ignatius (1-2) at 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will announce the postseason brackets for all seven divisions Oct. 1.