Badin’s Davon Starks gets inverted as he carries the ball during their game against Roger Bacon Friday, Sept. 22 at Fairfield Stadium in Fairfield. The Rams won 41-21. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

HS Football: Two schools leaving GCL Coed for Miami Valley Conference

The Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon football porgrams are leaving the Greater Catholic League Coed and joining the Miami Valley Conference, according to a report by our news partners at .

The schools are expected to begin play in the MVC for the 2019 season. Purcell and Roger Bacon will continue play in the GCL Coed in all other sports.

Last month the MVC voted against offering both schools full membership , instead offering associate memberships in football only.

Purcell and Roger Bacon officials told the Journal-News that competitiveness (particularly in football) and travel (road trips from Cincinnati to Hamilton, Middletown and Dayton) were huge factors in seeking a new conference. Bacon and Purcell haven’t had winning league records in football since 2010 and 2000, respectively.

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The MVC is comprised of Butler County schools Cincinnati Christian and New Miami, as well as Cincinnati schools Seven Hills, MVCA, Norwood, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Cincinnati Country Day, Summit Country Day, Clark Montessori, Lockland, North College Hill and St. Bernard.

In addition to Bacon and Purcell, the GCL Coed is made up of Alter, Chaminade Julienne, Fenwick, Carroll, McNicholas and Badin.