Panthers look to down aviators

The Elder Panthers had to play catch-up last week when they played host to arch-rival LaSalle High School. It took a 90-yard drive by Josh Moore and the Elder offense to put them ahead in the closing minutes. The thrilling victory not only gives the Panthers momentum going into the playoffs, but it gives them a home-field advantage against Sycamore. “Playing at The Pit is a huge advantage,” said senior defensive-back A.J. Comarata. “The cheering section makes it hard for opposing offenses to hear and call plays. It’s definitely nice knowing we have one more game in the Pit.” Sycamore is a run oriented team; on the season, they average 289 rushing yards per game compared to a mere 84 yards through the air. A new member of the defense, Jimmy White, is ready to halt the Aviators’ high-powered rushing attack. “I love hitting people, so playing defense is fun,” said White who was moved to the defensive side of the ball last week. “I’ll be playing more defensive end against Sycamore. I’m going to rush and help contain their running quarterback.” Junior quarterback Greg Simpson is mainly responsible for Sycamore’s success on the ground. Simpson has compiled 1683 yards on 205attempts with his feet. “We just need to play disciplined and do our jobs,” said senior LB Marc McGeorge. “We can’t give up any big plays. They are a great running team so we need make sure we don’t miss any tackles.” On the defensive side of the ball, the Aviators have, statistically, the second best defense in the GMC, giving up 267 yards per game. Senior quarterback Josh Moore feels the Panther offense can beat Sycamore through the air. “I think we are going to be able to pass the ball well against Sycamore,” Moore said. “We have a great running game which is going to help open up the passing game on Saturday.” “It’s a playoff game in the Pit; I’m looking forward to the atmosphere.” Kickoff for Saturday is scheduled for 7:00 PM. With a win, the Elder Panthers will battle the victor of Colerain and St. Xavier.