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Greater Catholic League South division names its annual football all-star team

Posted at 3:27 PM, Nov 05, 2019

CINCINNATI — La Salle football coach Pat McLaughlin can’t say enough good things about senior running back Cam Porter, and Elder coach Doug Ramsey is extremely proud of senior quarterback Matthew Luebbe.

Luebbe and Porter were this week named the Greater Catholic League South division co-players of the year.

The four GCL South coaches met on Sunday and named two teams and special awards for its annual conference all-star team.

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Luebbe has thrown for 2,064 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Panthers (8-2), who play host to Lakota West (7-3) in a Division I regional quarterfinal Friday night. Luebbe has also rushed for 1,099 yards and 11 touchdowns.

“He has taken his opportunity to be quarterback at Elder to become one of the best I have ever coached,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “He is the ultimate competitor. I told the team (Monday) if everyone plays as hard as him and (senior safety) Colton Sandhas, we will be a hard team to beat. And his stats speak for themselves.”

Porter, who is verbally committed to Northwestern, has rushed for 565 yards and eight touchdowns and has 168 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Lancers (8-2).

“Cam is one of the best kids I have ever been around,” McLaughlin said. “His leadership (and that of the other 14 seniors) has been outstanding this season. We are not where we are without his leadership. I am very happy for him; he is very deserving of co-player of the year.”

La Salle, which won its second outright GCL South title Nov. 1, plays host to Little Miami (8-2) in a Division I regional quarterfinal Friday night.

McLaughlin was also named the GCL South coach of the year.

“With regards to coach of the year, it should be a staff/team of the year,” McLaughlin said. “I am surrounded by great people on this football staff as well as in my personal life and we have great kids on our team. I don't think we will really know what this means for 10, 15 or 20 years when these players come back and tell us that they are better men, or husbands or fathers because of the time they spent with us.”

Elder senior tight end Joe Royer (Ohio State commit) and St. Xavier junior wide receiver Liam Clifford (Penn State commit) were named the co-receivers of the year.

St. Xavier (8-2), the No. 1 seed in Region 4, plays host to Mason (5-5) Friday night.

Royer has 51 receptions for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns. Clifford, the younger brother of Penn State sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford, has 72 receptions for a league-leading 1,093 yards along with 12 touchdowns. He also has a rushing touchdown.

La Salle junior defensive back Devonta Smith was named the all-purpose player of the year.

Elder senior offensive linemen Jakob James (Ohio State) and Luke Kandra (Louisville) were named the co-offensive linemen of the year while Moeller senior Joe Toepfer earned defensive lineman of the year honors.

La Salle senior Luke Thiemann was named the GCL South linebacker of the year while Sandhas and Moeller senior Carrington Valentine (Kentucky) were named the co-defensive backs of the year. Sandhas has a league-leading 88 tackles, according to the GCL South site.He had 22 tackles against La Salle Nov. 1, Ramsey said.

St. Xavier senior Tucker Hundley was named the special teams player of the year. The kickers of the year included Elder senior Sam Harmeyer along with La Salle senior Jake Seibert (Ohio State) and Moeller senior Kevin Thibodeaux (United States Naval Academy).


(Name, school, position, class, height, weight)

Zach Branam, La Salle, QB, Junior, 6-1, 195

Liam Clifford, St. Xavier, WR, Junior, 6-2, 190

Paul Haywood, La Salle, OL, Sophomore, 6-4, 310

Jakob James, Elder, OL, Senior, 6-5, 285

Luke Kandra, Elder, OL, Senior, 6-5, 305

Jack Kirby, St. Xavier, OL, Senior, 6-3, 292

Marshall Lang, St. Xavier, TE, Senior, 6-4, 225

Matthew Luebbe, Elder, QB, Senior, 5-11, 185

Kellen Newman, St. Xavier, RB, Senior, 5-8, 184

Cam Porter, La Salle, RB, Senior, 5-10, 210

Joe Royer, Elder, WR, Senior, 6-5, 225

Matthew Rueve, St. Xavier, QB, Senior, 6-4, 190

Devonta Smith, La Salle, WR, Junior, 6-0, 185


Gio Albanese, St. Xavier, DL, Junior, 6-0, 266

Ben Blevins, La Salle, DL, Senior, 6-2, 275

Tucker Hundley, St. Xavier, DB, Senior, 6-0, 185

Jaylen Johnson, La Salle, DB, Junior, 6-1, 205

Connor Keyes, Elder, DL, Senior, 6-3, 215

Jaymar Hargrove-Mundy, La Salle, DB, Junior, 6-0, 170

TJ O’Malley, St. Xavier, LB, Senior, 6-2, 196

Nate Pabst, Moeller, DL, Junior, 6-5, 235

Colton Sandhas, Elder, DB, Senior, 6-0, 190

Luke Thiemann, La Salle, LB, Senior, 6-2, 220

Joe Toepfer, Moeller, DL, Senior, 6-1, 220

Carrington Valentine, Moeller, DB, Senior, 6-0, 185


Mason Berger, Elder, OL, Senior, 6-2, 250

Joseph Catania, Elder, RB, Senior, 5-10, 180

Landon Fickell, Moeller, OL, Junior, 6-4, 260

Daylon Fischer, La Salle, OL, Junior, 6-0, 255

Josh Kattus, Moeller, TE, Sophomore, 6-3, 235

Gi’Bran Payne, La Salle, RB, Sophomore, 5-11, 190

Austin Rack, La Salle, OL, Sophomore, 6-1, 250

Drew Ramsey, Elder, WR, Sophomore, 6-1, 190

Carter Smith, Elder, OL, Senior, 6-3, 250

Fredrick Sturgis, Moeller, OL, Junior, 6-3, 275

Nathan Uhl, St. Xavier, OL, Senior, 5-10, 215

Evan Vollmer, Elder, WR, Senior, 5-9, 170

Brandon White, Moeller, WR, Sophomore, 5-7, 150


Brady Buller, Elder, DL, Senior, 6-1, 215

Wyatt Bullock, Moeller, DL, Junior, 6-1, 265

Matthew Devine, St. Xavier, LB, Junior, 6-0, 210

Andrew Deyhle, Moeller, DB, Senior, 5-10, 170

Zach French, Moeller, DB, Junior, 6-1, 195

Cole Hildebrand, La Salle, DB, Senior, 6-4, 185

Iesa Jarmon, La Salle, DB, Junior, 6-1, 180

Drew Klas, St. Xavier, DB, Senior, 6-3, 174

Tanner Perdue, Elder, LB, Senior, 5-11, 185

TJ Rotello, Moeller, LB, Junior, 5-11, 190

Nicholas Seger, Elder, DB, Senior, 5-11, 185

Aidan Shaw, Moeller, DL, Junior, 6-3, 265

Deuce Shaw, Moeller, LB, Junior, 6-0, 220

Noah Taylor, St. Xavier, LB, Senior, 6-3, 207


Matthew Luebbe, Elder

Cam Porter, La Salle


Pat McLaughlin, La Salle


Liam Clifford, St. Xavier

Joe Royer, Elder


Devonta Smith, La Salle


Jakob James, Elder

Luke Kandra, Elder


Joe Toepfer, Moeller


Luke Thiemann, La Salle


Colton Sandhas, Elder

Carrington Valentine, Moeller