The LaSalle Lancers continued the best start in school history by knocking off the St. Xavier Bombers in their first GCL South game of the season, 27-24.
LaSalle (7-0, 1-0) got a big night from its passing game as senior Drew Kummer completed 16 of 24 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Lancers, including a 67-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass to classmate Matt Woeste midway through the fourth quarter that swung the momentum to the Lancers for good.
Early it was the St. Xavier (4-3, 1-2) defense that dominated the game as they forced LaSalle to punt on its first three possessions. However, the Bombers couldn't capitalize, managing to put just three points on the board courtesy of a Sean Duggan 30-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead after one quarter of play.
The second quarter was a different story as the Lancers began to move the ball through the air. Senior wideout Rodriquez Coleman set up LaSalle's first score with a 48-yard catch that left his team at St. Xavier's 2-yard line. Two plays later Kummer ran it in from a yard out to give the Lancers a 7-3 halftime lead.
LaSalle didn't waste much time getting back on the scoreboard following the break. After forcing St. Xavier to punt, Coleman and Kummer connected on a spectacular 33-yard scoring pass to build the lead to 14-3 midway through the third quarter. Coleman finished the game with 6 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown.
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The Bombers would answer though with back-to-back touchdowns to retake the lead. The first came late in third quarter when sophomore running back Conor Hundley scored on a three-yard run to cut the lead to four at 14-10. Hundley finished the night with 106 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
Facing a 4th-and-1 from LaSalle's 9-yard line with 6:51 to go in the game, St. Xavier quarterback Griffin Dolle executed the perfect play-action pass and found tight end Robert Dorger Jr. wide open in the end zone and just like that the Bombers were in the lead at 17-14.
The lead would last all of two plays as the Bombers left Woeste wide open down the sidelines for a 67-yard score to put the Lancers back on top at 21-17 with 6:34 on the clock.
Following a defensive stop, the Lancers would turn to the ground game for their next big play as running back Matt Farrell took it to the house from 50 yards out to put the nail in the coffin as LaSalle went up 28-17 with just two minutes left in the game.
The Bombers would get a late touchdown with five seconds in the games as Dolle once again connected with Dorger, this time from 23 yards, to cut the deficit to three points but it would not be enough. Dolle completed 16-of-29 passes for 169 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the defeat.
The win by LaSalle sets up a huge tilt next week at Lancer Stadium next week as the Moeller Crusaders (6-1, 2-0) pay a visit with at least a share of the GCL South title on the line. St. Xavier, who wraps up conference play with a 1-2 record, now must focus on a strong finish to keep their playoff hopes alive. They are set to head north to Cleveland to face St. Edward.
Written by: Dan Clasgens, TriStateFootball.com