CINCINNATI - The Elder Panthers only managed 175 total yards of offense and turned the ball over three times, but still managed to pick up a first-round playoff win over the Northmont Thunderbolts at The Pit on Saturday night, 16-7.
Quarterback Peyton Ramsey has played beyond years during the Panthers’ stretch run, but the sophomore struggled during his first career post-season start. He completed 10 of his 18 attempts for 83 yards and was intercepted three times.
However, he produced when it counted and was able to connect on a pair of TD passes, including 16-yard scoring strike to Nick Hall with 3:42 left in the game to seal the victory.
Senior running back Chris Schroer pounded out 61 yards on 23 carries to lead the Elder (9-2) running attack.
Junior linebacker Kyle Orloff led the way with 16 tackles (7 solo) and sophomore Joe Schroer came away with 2.5 sacks to pace the defense. Tommy Lammers and Tony Mazza each had an interception in the victory.
Northmont (8-3) got on the scoreboard first less than two minutes into the contest Johnny Lowery was the recipient of a 97-yard TD pass from Graham Oberer. The Thunderbolts would not dent the scoreboard again.
Lowery finished with six catches for 141 yards.
With the win the seventh-seeded Panthers are set to face off against their GCL South foes, the Moeller Crusaders, t 7 p.m.Saturday at Nippert Stadium. The defending state champs advanced by knocking off another GCL South opponent, St. Xavier, 42-17 on Saturday night.
Moeller won 35-14 over Elder in an Oct. 11 meeting at The Pit on their way to a conference title.
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