GCL-South and GMC have new competition – the ECC

A football league of differing styles, philosophies and locations gets underway this weekend as the Eastern Cincinnati Conference begins play Friday night. Though not as publicized as the Greater Catholic League-South or Greater Miami Conference, the mix of Division I and II schools could play a part in November's OHSAA postseason.

The question is, which team will jump to the forefront? 

Currently, Kings, Little Miami and Turpin are off to 2-0 starts. Winton Woods is 1-1 with a loss to 2020 state semifinalist and 2019 Division II champion La Salle. Anderson is 1-1 with an opening loss to Division I Princeton despite scoring 45 points. Milford coach Tom Grippa just picked up his 200th career win and is 1-1 and Walnut Hills is 1-1.

Will Kocher, No. 13, looks for an opening past teammate Max Sannella, No. 30, as Sycamore's Justin Williams. No. 2, and Evan Massey, No. 99 attempt the block during the football game between Sycamore and Kings high school, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Kings.

Though winless, Loveland has the No. 2 passer in the league in Luca Aquilino, Lebanon gave Winton Woods one of its tougher games in 2020 and West Clermont can give teams fits trying to defend their Wing-T run game. 

Many questions will be answered after Friday's Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown game as last year's co-champions, the Winton Woods Warriors and Kings Knights, tangle in Forest Park.

"Really, there are no weeks off," Kings coach Alex Garvin said. "You can't look ahead. You can't think about what other teams are going to do against other teams. Right now, it's Winton Woods. We don't have time to look ahead or think about other opponents."

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