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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Many Massillon fans were hopeful seeing me praying over their team shortly before kickoff.
Little did they know, I was simply administering the prayer of the “Last Rites” to the Tigers!

Sirach 26:14 “A silent wife is a gift from the Lord”
 
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4GX

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Cleveland Browns would be more appropriate because the browns did win illegitimate titles
I think you meant to say "legitimate titles"-- the Cleveland Browns (Even TODAY) are still one of the MOST successful teams in professional football-- they STILL today have more championships than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 

Lancer_Reups

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I think you meant to say "legitimate titles"-- the Cleveland Browns (Even TODAY) are still one of the MOST successful teams in professional football-- they STILL today have more championships than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
I meant Pre super bowl like Massillon pre state championship
 

4GX

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I meant Pre super bowl like Massillon pre state championship
Why does "Pre super bowl" matter-- those were legitimate championships won on the field of play-- in the professional leagues' designated playoff format at the time-- the fact that Lamar Hunt had not yet come up with the name "Super Bowl" (derived from a child's toy, the Super Ball) for the final game matters not a whit-- there is NO comparison between a poll championship, and a championship won by defeating all of the other top competitors on the playing field-- the Browns won the latter-- the Massillon Tigers "won" the former.
 

Pope Francis 1

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from gcl website......

St. X Rolls to D1 State Championship

St. Xavier football coach Steve Specht had talked to his team all season about putting a complete game together, emphasizing the need to get back on track offensively and to keep its mettle on defense heading into Friday’s Division I state final of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Football State Tournament. To say that the Bombers got the message would be a minor understatement.

Facing Pickerington Central, the defending DI state champion and winner of 23 consecutive games behind a powerful rushing attack and sound defense, St. Xavier saved its best game of the season for last – exploding for 30 points in the first quarter and taking a 44-3 lead at halftime in what would be the final score of a game on a perfect night for football at Fortress Obetz, a multi-purpose facility that serves as home of the OHSAA state football titles games in all divisions this year.

St. Xavier (10-2), which posted its eighth straight win and ends the season with 10 victories in 11 games, racked up 555 yards total offense, keyed by a huge night from senior receiver Jalen Patterson, and limited the Tigers’ offense to five first downs and 76 total yards in a dominating win to earn the school’s second state title in five years and fourth in its program history – also winning crowns in 2005, 2007 and 2016.

La Salle, St. Xavier’s Greater Catholic League South Division rival and neighbor on North Bend Road, was looking to successfully defend its DII state title from last season and win for the fifth time in seven years while giving the schools state titles in the same year for the second time since 2016 – when La Salle won the last of three consecutive state crowns before winning again last December.

But the Lancers (8-3), who entered last night’s semifinal matchup against Massillon Washington riding a nine-game postseason winning streak and a 26-1 record in the state playoffs in its last six appearances, fell just short in a 14-10 setback at Marysville High School’s Impact Stadium. La Salle defeated Washington, 43-13, in last year’s state final. This time, however, the Lancers were without two of their top playmakers in junior back Gi’Bran Payne and senior Devonte Smith, a University of Alabama commit.

Still, behind another stellar performance from senior quarterback Zach Branam (who rushed 25 times for a game-high 150 yards), the La Salle was in position to advance late in the game. That is, before Washington QB Zach Catrone found receiver Martavien Johnson on a 48-yard scoring strike with just 2:13 remaining to put Washington ahead, 14-10. La Salle picked up one first down on the ensuing possession before four incomplete passes turned the ball over.

Washington (10-1), which has won 10 in a row after opening with a one-point loss to Lakewood St. Edward, advances to meet Akron Archbishop Hoban (10-0) in the DII final at 7 p.m. next Friday at Fortress Obetz. Hoban defeated Avon, 28-14, in the other semifinal last night at Byers Field in Parma.

Against Pickerington Central (11-1), St. Xavier was looking for another win in the DI Final Four after a late field goal and a 29-27 win against the Tigers moved the Bombers to the title game against Cleveland St. Ignatius, where St. Xavier capped an improbable run through the postseason after finishing the regular season at 5-5 with a 27-20 win against St. I in double overtime in the final at Ohio Stadium.

No one would have ever expected St. Xavier’s latest state final win to be so dominant against a talent-laden Pickerington Central team. But the Bombers got four first-half TD connections from junior quarterback Brogan McCaughey to senior receiver Jalen Patterson to stun the Tigers’ defense. Patterson, who had five receiving TDs entering the game, came within one yard of scoring a fifth in the first half when he was found just short of the goal line.

McCaughey, coming off a four-interception, one-fumble performance in the state semifinal win against Springfield, was on target Friday – completing 26-of-40 passes for 292 yards and four TDs, while also rushing for another score. Patterson hauled in five passes for a team-high 105 yards and the four scores. Patterson caught TD passes of 14, 35, 8 and 10 yards, respectively.

Junior receiver Terrell McFairlin had seven catches for 71 yards, while junior back Charles Kellom had seven catches for 61 yards. Senior receiver Liam Clifford, St. Xavier’s all-time leading receiver who had his team’s lone TD receptions in the last two games, had four catches for six yards on this night. But Clifford, a Penn State University commit, joins his brother Sean as a state champion at St. Xavier. Sean Clifford was the Bombers’ catalyst during their 2016 state title run and is now starting QB at Penn State.

The St. Xavier defense, coming off winning performances in a 10-7 victory against Lakota West in the Region 4 final and a 12-10 win versus Springfield in the state semis, this time turned it up another notch and held Pickerington Central without a TD. The Bombers’ defense even outscored their opponent after senior defensive back Gabe Dubois returned a fumble 58 yards for a score near the end of the first half to close the scoring. Pickerington Central’s previous offensive low this season was in a 34-7 win against Hilliard Bradley back on October 23.

That was plenty for a St. Xavier offense, one of the school’s most prolific in its history behind offensive coordinator Andrew Coverdale – who had the perfect game plan all season. In the end, the Bombers average 36.8 points per game against a grueling schedule and had a four-game stretch at the end of the regular season and the opening three rounds of the state playoffs where they scored 62, 49, 45 and 56 points, respectively. The Bombers also did not commit a turnover in the state final.

St. Xavier finishes 10-0 against Ohio schools.

La Salle, which entered the state semis after an impressive 35-10 win against previously unbeaten and the region’s No. 1 seed in Winton Woods a week earlier to win the regional title for the fifth time in seven years. La Salle took the early 7-0 lead near the end of the first quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Branam, who set up the short score with a 76-yard run. Branam even showed his versatility, by playing in the secondary to help make up for the loss of Smith, and he came up with a key pass break up in the first half.

The La Salle defense held an opponent to 14 points or less for the fifth time in six games, and they did a solid job on Washington receiver and Ohio State commit Jayden Ballard, who had only one catch for five yards. But Washington managed to put together a lengthy drive that ended with a 3-yard TD run by Jumacius Portis to tie the game, 7-7, entering halftime.

La Salle took a 10-7 lead with 7:57 left in the fourth quarter when sophomore Mason Luensman capped a 72-yard scoring drive that chewed up more than nine minutes with a 32-yard field goal. The Lancers’ defense did force on more punt, but the offense was unable to maintain possession and run out the clock. So La Salle was forced to punt the ball back to Washington – which was able to come up with the big passing play that ultimately was the difference in the game. The Lancers’ seniors had quite a career, including state and regional championships, along with a GCL South title in 2019.
 
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