Grippa says “This could be LaSalle’s year”


Cincinnati LaSalle Lancers

LaSalle only has one Greater Catholic League South Division football championship to its credit – a co-championship in 1995. Many around the Queen City believe this could be the year the Lancers get league title No. 2.

Cincinnati LaSalle
Division I
Region 3

2009 Record: 5-5

* Players to Watch – QB Drew Kummer (6-3, 206, Sr.), WR-FL Matt Woeste (6-0, 180, Sr.), RG Jessie Back (6-4, 280, Sr.), S Ben Ingle (6-1, 205, Sr.), SE-WR Rod Coleman (6-3, 180, Sr.).

* Outlook – LaSalle coach Tom Grippa has nine returning starters (six offense, three defense). Some believe LaSalle could be the team to beat in the always tough Greater Catholic League South Division this year.

“Our younger guys have been very successful,” Grippa said. “The juniors we have were 9-1 as freshmen and 10-0 on the JV. Four of them played varsity for us last year. We only have one league championship and that was a co-championship in 1995 when I was the had coach at Elder.

“We could have up to five or six Division I recruits. That is the most I’ve ever had. But we are a blue collar Catholic school. Our kids don’t take anything for granted. They know how hard we have to work.”

Woeste, a three-year starter, had 35 catches. Coleman, a top-flight hurdler in track, had 30 catches last year.

Kummer is one of the top returning quarterbacks in Region 4. He threw for 1,863 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. He has already verbaled to Miami (Ohio).

“Drew has a very good arm and he is real mobile,” Grippa said. “It’s not that he is blazing fast, but he has good escapability.”

Back has verbaled to Buffalo, while Ingle has verbaled to Ball State. Ingle boasts a 4.6-second 40-yard time.

* Schedule – LaSalle opens against West Chester Lakota West in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at UC’s Nippert Stadium. The nonleague slate also includes games against Covington (Ky.) Catholic, Indianapolis Northwest and Columbus DeSales.

LaSalle dropped all three of its GCL South games to Elder, St. Xavier and Moeller by double digits last year, but could be a team to watch there this year.

“This could be LaSalle’s year,” Grippa said.

Aug. 28, vs. West Chester Lakota West (Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, at UC’s Nippert Stadium), noon
Sept. 3, Covington (Ky.) Catholic
Sept. 9, at Liberty Twp. Lakota East
Sept. 17, Indianapolis Northwest
Sept. 24, at Lima Senior
Oct. 1, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
Oct. 8, Cincinnati St. Xavier
Oct. 15, Cincinnati Moeller
Oct. 22, at Columbus DeSales
Oct. 29, at Cincinnati Elder

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