Panthers Look to “Pink Out” Crusaders

After a heartbreaking loss in week six to St. Xavier, the Elder Panthers have regrouped and are ready to clash with the Crusaders of Moeller High School Friday night at Lockland Stadium. Obviously, the teams are out to get a win, but both squads are playing for something much bigger. The two schools are partnering together, along with the Pink Ribbon Girls, to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Elder’s 6-foot-0, 180-pound star receiver, Max Mazza, is honored to be playing in a big game for such a great cause. “It’s awesome that we get to help raise awareness for breast cancer through playing football,” Mazza said. “This is something not everyone gets to do, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.” “Football-wise, we are ready to bounce back from last week. It’s a big-time G.C.L game, and we are going to be televised on CNN,” Mazza explained. “Practice this week has been great, and I know we’re ready for Friday.” Mazza’s counterpart, senior wide-receiver Joe Ramstetter, is expecting the Panthers to be decked out in pink gear Friday night. “I think we’ll spat our cleats with pink tape. I’ll also be taping my wrists pink,” Ramstetter stated. “We are doing this to show respect for those affected by breast cancer.” “If we run our offense effectively, we will have nothing to worry about.” As far as the football match goes, senior cornerback Nick Coon is ready to help the Panthers in any way. “The defensive backs have been preparing extra hard for the game this Friday,” Coon said. “We’re ready for any scheme they throw at us. It’s a G.C.L game so you know it’s going to be a hard-fought battle, but the defense will be ready for the fight.” The Moeller Crusaders are coming off of a 37-22 victory over bitter rival LaSalle High School. On the season, they are 5-1, and ranked 22 nd nationally by Maxpreps.com. The Crusaders’ offense is led by senior running-back and Northwestern commit Keith Watkins and quarterback Spencer Iacovone. On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan State linebacker commit Shane Jones leads the way with help from senior cornerback Logan Kelleher.