Cincinnati Elder Stuns #1 St. Edward 21-14

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CINCINNATI –The Elder Panthers executed their game plan to perfection, stunning top-ranked St. Edward 21-14 in an instant classic Saturday night at ‘The Pit’.

St. Edward was flying high before its first true road test.

The Eagles were the top-ranked team in both the FOX 8 Top 8 and the MaxPreps National High School Football poll.

St. Edward’s dominant defense had only allowed one touchdown all season.

So when the Eagles scored on the game’s opening possession, it looked like they would roll to another lopsided victory.

But that’s when the Panthers turned the tables.

Quarterback Peyton Ramsey led a patient, short passing attack the kept the ball away from the Eagles’ explosive offense all night.

Ramsey threw four interceptions, but still managed to Elder to 13 unanswered points in the second quarter.

The Panthers led 13-6 at halftime, the first time St. Edward had trailed all season.

The teams traded touchdowns in the second half, with Elder adding a two-point conversion to take a 21-14 lead with about four minutes remaining.

Senior quarterback Brett Kean then led St.  Edward on a long drive, connecting with his top target, Kentucky recruit Alex Stump for several big plays.

The Eagles also converted three 4th down and 1 plays to keep the drive alive.

But with 1:15 remaining in the game, Kean’s pass on 4th down and 19 to Shaun Crawford fell incomplete and Elder secured the shocking upset.

The loss drops St. Edward to 3-1 on the season.

The Eagles travel to New Jersey next week to face Bergen Catholic.

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