GCL South 2020 (includes POLL)

Who Wins 2020 GCL South Title

  • Elder

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • La Salle

    Votes: 3 23.1%
  • Moeller

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • St Xavier

    Votes: 8 61.5%

  • Total voters
    13
  • Poll closed .

Pope Francis 1

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Full disclosure.... somehow the first 60+ votes in the poll got wiped out (I blame the Russians). So our poll is worthless this year. Sorry for the snafu.

The GCL South is one of the more competitive high school football conferences in the country.
All 4 teams have won at least 2 state titles in the past 18 years, and all but the LaSalle titles were D1. Since 2012, GCL South teams have brought home 7 state titles, 3 in D1 and 4 in D2.
Also, note that 3 of the 7 most recent GCL South state championships were won by teams which didn’t even win the GCL South title!
Finally, we may also include some college football, Covid, Iggy and Eds in the conversation from time to time.

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Week 5 playoffs...
LaSalle 35
Winton Woods 10

St Xavier 12
Springfield 10

Week 4 playoffs...
LaSalle 55
Anderson 30

St Xavier 10
Lakota West 7

Week 3 playoffs...
St Xavier 56
Elder 28

LaSalle 49
Stebbins 0

Week 2 playoffs...
Elder 26
Princeton 21

St Xavier 45
Moeller 14

LaSalle 42
Little Miami 14

Week 1 playoffs...
Moeller 43
Hamilton 27

Elder 42
Fairfield 39

St Xavier 49
Walnut Hills 13

Week 6 results.....
Indy Cathedral 36
Elder 14

LaSalle 27
Moeller 25

St Xavier 62
St Iggy 37

Week 5 results.....
St Xavier 43
Moeller 14

Indy Cathedral 37
LaSalle 28

Elder 35
Moeller 14

Week 4 results......
Indy Cathedral 25
St Xavier 22

Elder 35
Moeller 22

LaSalle 17
DuPont Manual 7

Week 3 results......
St Xavier 38
Elder 24

LaSalle 35
Lakota East 13

Louisville Trinity 44
Moeller 7

Week 2 results......
St Xavier 24
LaSalle 10

East Central 21
Moeller 6

Elder 42
Floyd Central IN) 14

Week 1 results......
LaSalle 53 (2OT)
Elder 52

Moeller 34
Bishop Hartley 17

Brownsburg 23 (OT)
St Xavier 17

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Pope Francis 1

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Final GCL South Standings 2019

LaSalle........ 3 - 0 ................. 13 - 2 (D2 State Champs)

Eldeer ........ 2 - 1 .................... 12 - 3 (D1 State Runner-up)

St Xavieer.... 1 - 2 .................. 9 - 3

Moeller........ 0 - 3 .................. 2 - 8

Final GCL South Standings 2018

Moeller......... 3-0 .............6-5

Elder............ 2-1 ............. 7-4

St. Xavier...... 1-2 ............. 5-6

LaSalle......... 0-3.............. 4-5

Final GCL South Standings 2017

St. Xavier..... 3 - 0 ................. 11 - 2

LaSalle......... 2 - 1 ................ 10 - 3

Elder............ 1 - 2 ................. 6 - 4

Moeller......... 0 - 3 ................. 4 - 7


Final GCL South Standings 2016

LaSalle........ 3 - 0 ................. 13 - 2 (D2 State Champs)

St Xavier...... 2 - 1 ................. 10 - 5 (D1 State Champs)

Elder........... 1 - 2 .................. 6 - 5

Moeller........ 0 - 3 .................. 4 - 6


Final GCL South Standings 2015

Elder........... 2 - 1 .................. 9 - 4

St Xavier..... 2 - 1 .................. 7 - 5

LaSalle....... 1 - 2 ................. 13 - 2 (D2 State Champs)

Moeller....... 1 - 2 ................... 5 - 5


Final GCL South Standings 2014

LaSalle........ 2 - 1 ................... 14 - 1 (D2 State Champs)

Moeller........ 2 - 1 ................... 10 - 4

St Xavier..... 2 - 1 ................... 10 - 3

Elder........... 0 - 3 .................... 6 - 5


Final GCL South Standings 2013

Moeller........ 3 - 0 ................... 14 - 1 (D1 State Champs)

Elder........... 2 - 1 .................... 9 - 3

St Xavier...... 1 - 2 ................... 5 - 6

LaSalle........ 0 - 3 ................... 3 - 7


Final GCL South Standings 2012

St Xavier..... 3 - 0 ................... 6 - 5

Elder........... 2 - 1 ................... 8 - 4

Moeller........ 1 - 2 .................. 12 - 3 (D1 State Champs)

LaSalle........ 0 - 3 ................... 4 - 6


GCL South State Championships

1975 Moeller 14 St Eds 12
1976 Moeller 43 Gahanna Lincoln 5
1977 Moeller 14 Canton McKinley 2
1979 Moeller 41 Parma Padua 7
1980 Moeller 30 Massillon Washington 7
1982 Moeller 35 Massillon Washington 14
1985 Moeller 35 Canton McKinley 11
2002 Elder 21 Warren Harding 19
2003 Elder 31 St Eds 7
2005 St X 24 Massillon Washington 17
2007 St X 27 Mentor 0
2012 Moeller 20 Toledo Whitmer 12
2013 Moeller 55 Mentor 52
2014* LaSalle 55 Macedonia Nordonia 20
2015* LaSalle 42 Massillon Perry 0
2016 St X 27 St Iggy 20
2016* LaSalle 14 Massillon Perry 7
2019* LaSalle 34 Massillon Wash 17
2020 St X 44 Pickerington Central 3

* designates D2
GCL = Guaranteed Colerain Loss
 
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LaSalle2016

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1. La Salle: Ton of D1 talent and experience.
2. St. Xavier: Tons of D1 talent with a little less experience than La Salle. Could still easily win the league.
3. Elder: Has to replace some key players. Would be surprised if they won the GCL but they will certainly be a good team.
4. Moeller: Don’t even know what to say about Moe.
 

Pope Francis 1

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1. La Salle: Ton of D1 talent and experience.
2. St. Xavier: Tons of D1 talent with a little less experience than La Salle. Could still easily win the league.
3. Elder: Has to replace some key players. Would be surprised if they won the GCL but they will certainly be a good team.
4. Moeller: Don’t even know what to say about Moe.
Thanks for your input...
As for Moe, new coach so we shall see.
 

Pope Francis 1

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Pope discovers “top secret” future home of Moeller athletic complex while bicycling on Little Miami Bike Trail. It’s in the Camp Dennison/Miamiville area. Not sure what the timeline is.... maybe some Moe guys can tell us.

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Lancer_Reups

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1. La Salle: Ton of D1 talent and experience.
2. St. Xavier: Tons of D1 talent with a little less experience than La Salle. Could still easily win the league.
3. Elder: Has to replace some key players. Would be surprised if they won the GCL but they will certainly be a good team.
4. Moeller: Don’t even know what to say about Moe.
I agree should be a competitive year I think La Salle and X are the two favorites on paper. But if 2018 La Salle taught me anything Experience is key to success but we will see
 

BASESWIMPARENT

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But the big question is where will the pre-game or even during the game ST. X. tailgate going to happen in this covid infested world. Will it be on the east side featuring the assorted wines and cheeses or will it be deep in the west side with Hudies and brats and weiners? Or will there be a choice?
 

ElderHSfan02

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But the big question is where will the pre-game or even during the game ST. X. tailgate going to happen in this covid infested world. Will it be on the east side featuring the assorted wines and cheeses or will it be deep in the west side with Hudies and brats and weiners? Or will there be a choice?
I am sure a lot of bars on the westside in Elder territory will stream Elder games.
 

Pope Francis 1

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But the big question is where will the pre-game or even during the game ST. X. tailgate going to happen in this covid infested world. Will it be on the east side featuring the assorted wines and cheeses or will it be deep in the west side with Hudies and brats and weiners? Or will there be a choice?
All of the above!
And what better way to fight the coronavirus than with Corona beer...
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Future home of Moeller athletic complex above!
35 Acres donated about 2 years ago. Baseball Stadium will be first project. There will be room for a Football Stadium, but many unanswered questions. Money to complete, lights, parking and infrastructure to be able to get 8-10,000 fans in and out. The possibility exists for this to be a beautiful facility and finally provide Moeller with a state of the art home football stadium. Stay Tuned.
 

Pope Francis 1

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Past 5 years my picks have been perfect. As for this week........ bet the house on the visiting teams.

Friday Aug. 28
LaSalle at Elder (LaSalle by 7)
Moeller at Bishop Hartley (Moeller by 3)

Saturday Aug. 29
St X at Brownsburg (Ind.) (St X by 14)
 
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Pope Francis 1

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Not GCL, but some good local news...

UC head coach Luke Fickell received a nice reward for his success leading the Cincinnati Bearcats program on Tuesday. It was announced that the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contract extension for Fickell through the 2026 season. Fickell's previous deal was set to run through 2022.

This extension sees a pay raise from a reported $2.3 million per year to $3.4 million beginning this season. The money for the extension will come entirely from private donations and fundraising, according to Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham and the board. Fickell's base salary will be $250,000, plus additional compensation for the head coach's involvement in television, radio, personal appearances and private and public speaking engagements, according to Keith Jenkins of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
 
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Pope Francis 1

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I’ll invite fellow Bomber parents to my estate in Indian Hill for some tennis and polo before the game! Bomber moms will gather for a group manicure and pedicure. Wine and cheese will be served along with shrimp cocktails. Go Bombers!
 

Pope Francis 1

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From the Catholic Telegraph in early August......

A day before Ohio high school football teams were set to begin two-a-day practices, Catholic high schools from around the region gathered to pray the rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West at the Athenaeum of Ohio hosted nearly 500 student athletes, parents and coaches July 31 for a Rosary Rally, organized by SportsLeader.

The 11 schools represented were treated to a talk by former Moeller and Notre Dame University head coach Gerry Faust, and a bit of catechesis from Father Anthony Brausch, the seminary’s director of formation who is himself a former high school football player. Father David Endres led the rosary and exposition.

Father Brausch is the chaplain of the Elder football team while Father Endres is former chaplain to the Fenwick team.

The rally took place behind the seminary’s main building in the outdoor Marian amphitheater. Attendees were provided with a heavy-duty rosary and a prayer card to the patron saint of sports, St. Sebastian. The event was the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and possibly the first nationwide.

“This is the first time we’ve done it,” said Dwight Stephenson, president of SportsLeader. “Our understanding is that it is the first time this has happened nationally and we’re just excited to be a part of it.

“We couldn’t think of a better place, if you’re a Catholic high school getting ready for the football season,” he added. “What better way than to bring all the boys to the seminary to pray the rosary?”

SportsLeader, a Catholic, Louisville, Ky.-based non-profit, exists to assist coaches at the grade school, high school and college level to instill virtue in their players.

The schools represented with players at the rally were Moeller, Catholic Central, Bishop Fenwick, Elder, Badin, McNicholas, Roger Bacon, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Louisville St. Xavier and Summit Country Day. La Salle High School was represented by members of the coaching staff.

Fifteen of the 24 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese sponsor football.
 

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From the Enquirer: GCL Football 2020

Two teams from the Greater Catholic League-South played for Ohio state championships last December in Canton with La Salle High School winning a Division II state title and Elder finishing as Division I state runner-up.

LaSalle returns many from the 2019 Lancer team that rolled deep in Canton, while Elder will need some young players to step up and fill big shoes. The GCL-South continues to be a regular visitor to state finals with Moeller winning the Division I tile in 2012 and 2013, La Salle taking Division II in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019, St. Xavier winning DI in 2016 and Elder finishing as last year's runner-up.

Here's how the fearsome four stack up for 2020.


Elder
Coach Doug Ramsey's Panthers took some major hits on the roster due to graduation with the GCL-South's top rusher and No. 2 passer Matthew Luebbe gone as well as tight end Joe Royer and offensive lineman Jakob James to Ohio State and lineman Luke Kandra to Louisville. Top tackler Colton Sandhas is also gone.

But, they tend to replenish in Price Hill with many of the youngsters growing up dreaming of playing in The Pit. Many in last year's shadows will now have the opportunity to shine, including junior Drew Ramsey who followed Elder's recent tradition of being in the offense as a receiver/back while waiting for his turn at quarterback. The Panthers remaining have much to prove after falling short in the DI final last December after entering the fourth quarter with a 14-7 lead on Pickerington Central.

"People are going to doubt you now because you think about the guys we lost," Ramsey said. "Two guys going to Ohio State, a guy going to Louisville, a quarterback that threw for 4,000, rushed for 2,000. We lost a lot of talent. That's what happens in sports. Some of these guys have to assume those roles and play at a high level."

Drew Ramsey of Elder runs the ball against Ryle Sept. 27, 2019.


Players to watch: Drew Ramsey was 3-for-5 passing last season, but two of those went for touchdowns. Back at his natural position, those numbers should improve. As a utility back as a sophomore, Ramsey ran for 319 yards and four touchdowns and caught 61 passes for 633 yards and five scores. One of his targets could be tight end David Larkins, who backed up Joe Royer last season. Larkins has committed to play at Appalachian State.

"Why not us?" Larkins said. "Just because we lost so many people, so many high-rated guys, why can't we make a run for state again?"

On the line, Drew Beckenhaupt will lead the way. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder has committed to the Toledo Rockets.

La Salle
Lancers coach Pat McLaughlin is guarded about the season ahead, but a look at a roster full of college talent returning should have La Salle fans feeling good about their 2020 chances. La Salle returns a starting quarterback in Zach Branam, who threw for 1,676 yards and 21 scores and ran for 1,394 with 14 touchdowns. Of those yards, 166 of them came in La Salle's 34-17 DII title win over Massillon Washington last December.

For his senior year, Branam returns a starting running back and receiver with Division I college offers and will have a defense with an all-DI secondary helping get the ball back.

"I'm definitely feeling confident in our team," Branam said. "We've got a lot of guys coming back. We only had 14 seniors, even though those seniors were a big part of our team. We're definitely confident in all of our people coming back. Once we get to work this year, we'll definitely get better than we were last year. I have a little chip on my shoulder not getting recruited as much as I'd want to. It just makes me work even harder to prove everyone wrong. They'll see that this year."

Jaylen Johnson, Ohio State commit, during practice, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.


Players to watch: In addition to senior Branam, La Salle's star-studded secondary features Ohio State-bound Jaylen Johnson (61 tackles), Alabama commit Devonta Smith (38 tackles, three interceptions plus 11 catches for 271 yards and five scores at receiver), Cincinnati Bearcat commit Iesa Jarmon (31 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two INTs) and Miami RedHawks commit Jaymar Mundy (50 tackles and a league-high six interceptions). Junior Gi'Bran Payne has seen his recruiting blow up after running for 790 yards and nine scores and recording 41 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions at linebacker. Among some of four-star Payne's offers are Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Iowa and UC.

Moeller
Moeller has its fourth coach in four seasons as Mark Elder comes from the college ranks of Eastern Kentucky to try to amp the Crusaders up from a 2-8 2019 campaign. The Crusaders appear to have picked up the pace some and will try senior playmaker T.J. Rotello at quarterback.

Moeller is just two seasons removed from winning the GCL-South two years ago when Rotello was a sophomore running back. However, that's been their only winning season out of the last five.

"We're just focusing on getting better," Elder said. "I'm not really worried about what happened last year or years in the past. Those things don't really have a major impact on the season we're going to have this year. What does have a major impact on the season we're going to have is the work ethic, the commitment level of the guys and coming on a consistent basis and working really hard."

Landon Fickell (74) of the Moeller Crusaders blocks Will Whitson (15) of the Winton Woods Warriors on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Winton Woods High School in Forest Park, Ohio


Players to watch: Hoping to lead the Moeller ground game is offensive lineman Landon Fickell, who has committed to play for his father, Luke, at the University of Cincinnati. Nate Pabst, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive lineman has committed to Bowling Green, while junior tight end Josh Kattus, the son of former Bengal and Michigan player Eric Kattus, has an offer from his father's alma mater. Brothers Deuce and Aiden Shaw will be defensive leaders and brothers Bryan and Brandon White plus Rotello will be threats with the football in their hands.

St. Xavier
Steve Specht lost the GCL-South's top passer as Matthew Rueve has moved on to Boston College after throwing for 3,126 yards and 28 scores in new offensive coordinator Andrew Coverdale's passing game.

But, the "long blue line" continues and the Bombers have Penn State commit Liam Clifford returning for his senior season after catching 77 balls for 1,180 yards and 17 scores. From the looks of last week's scrimmage vs. Lakota West, St. Xavier again has an able passer as Brogan McCaughey threw a couple scoring passes against Lakota West.

The Bombers were 9-3 last season, falling short in a second-round playoff game to eventual DI state runner-up Elder. Early indications are the Bombers will be in the hunt again.

"Liam Clifford is a special talent and he's done a great job in a leadership role," Specht said. "Liam's just one of many seniors that are going to make an impact again this year. We have a great nucleus to build around. Now the young guys need to measure up what the expectation is here. We'll get after them and we'll find 11 guys to put on the field. I like this group of kids."

St. Xavier wide receiver Liam Clifford (2) catches a pass during the Bombers' 28-24 loss to Elder, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.


Players to watch: Clifford is multi-talented and may even get an occasional look at safety if situations warrant, according to Specht. He spent the spring/summer catching passes from his brother, Penn State starting quarterback Sean Clifford. Junior Luke Vrsansky is the top returning rusher. Senior Jalen Patterson is also a receiving threat along with sophomore tight end Joey Wassler and defensive back Gabriel DuBois is a playmaker.
 
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