The Cincinnati Elder High School football team reached the end zone on its first five possessions en route to a 45-7 win over host Upper Arlington on Aug. 31.
Senior quarterback Josh Moore completed 13 of 16 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns -- all in the first half -- to lead the Panthers, who improved to 2-0. UA, which was limited to only five plays of 10 yards or more, dropped to 1-1.
“They’re an excellent team,” UA coach Mike Golden said. “It started last season for them. They were 2-8 and people think they’re not that good, but their coach (Doug Ramsey) has won two (Division I) state championships (in 2002 and ’03) and they were building toward this year.
“We knew we were in for it, we knew we had to battle and we knew we had to not make any mistakes and we made a lot of them, but sometimes (an opponent) is physically better and they beat you. They beat us fair and square.”
Elder led 14-0 after the first quarter as running back Jimmy White scored on an 8-yard run and Moore connected with wide receiver Max Mazza on a 26-yard touchdown pass. White scored on a 4-yard run three plays into the second quarter to give the Panthers a 21-0 lead. The score came two plays after defensive back A.J. Comarata intercepted Golden Bears quarterback Alex Husted at the UA 7.
On UA’s next possession, senior running back Gus Ackley scored on a 78-yard run down the left sideline to make it 21-7.
However, Elder answered with two more touchdowns -- on a 14-yard run by running back Chris Schroer and a 24-yard pass from Moore to wide receiver Joe Ramstetter -- in the second quarter to take a 35-7 lead into halftime.
The Panthers added a 25-yard field goal by Nick Peters on their first possession of the second half and capped the scoring with a 79-yard run by running back Jeremy Reed in the fourth quarter.
“Their quarterback is excellently poised,” Golden said of Moore. “He made every smart throw he had to make.”
Husted was 4-for-9 passing for 48 yards and an interception and was sacked four times, and Ackley had seven carries for 95 yards. UA was held to 197 total yards.
“Offensively, we didn’t run the ball exceptionally well, but we did a really good job in the passing game,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “And defensively, I thought we came out and did the things we needed to do. We knew they were a running team and that we needed to shut down the run and force their quarterback to make some plays.”
The contest marked only the second meeting between the teams. UA won 14-12 in 1969.
CE--White 8 run (Peters kick)
CE--Mazza 26 pass from Moore (Peters kick)
CE--White 4 run (Peters kick)
UA--Ackley 78 run (Baskent kick)
CE--Schroer 14 run (Peters kick)
CE--Ramstetter 24 pass from Moore (Peters kick)
CE--Peters 25 FG
CE--Reed 79 run (Murray kick)