Moeller Crushes Cathedral 48-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 13 October 2012 13:13

By Jeff Galbraith

Cathedral started off the 2011 regular season slow, losing two of its first three games only to bounce back and capture the Class 4A football state title, but this season looks like it may be taking on a different tone than the previous two seasons.

The Irish finished the past two seasons with a 12-3 record and ended each season with at least a six-game winning streak, but this year lost three of its first four games. The Irish fell yet again in a 48-13 season finale against perennial power Archbishop Cincinnati Moeller Friday night to end the season an uncharacteristic 4-5.

Next week, Northview (3-6) and losers of three of its last four games will travel to play the Fighting Irish in the first round of the 40th annual state tournament held by the Indiana High School Athletic Association on Friday.

Cathedral will have to do a better job on both sides of the ball than what it did against the Fighting Crusaders to continue to defend its two-year reign as Class 4A state champions.

The Fighting Crusaders (6-2) scored on two consecutive possessions on runs by Keith Watkins II, with each on capped off with extra-point kicks by Matt Reiniger for a 14-0 lead. Cathedral senior quarterback Connor Rice, who fumbled twice in the game, connected on a 15-yard pass to Sampson Levingston as the Irish cut the lead to 14-6 after a failed extra-point attempt.

Senior quarterback Spencer Iacovone highlighted the visiting Fighting Crusaders on its next scoring drive with a 43-yard run, followed by a 22-yard run by Watkins II before a one-yard plunge by Iacovone made it 21-6.

Cathedral did have some good performances, led by senior runningback Gino Gillum, who broke six tackles on a 57-yard run in the second quarter. Senior free safety Stu Stanley intercepted a pass and ran it back 55 yards for a touchdown to pull the Irish to within 21-13 in the third quarter. Cathedral would get no closer.

The Fighting Crusaders found the end zone four more times, led by one score by Watkins II while Evan Jensen hauled in a pass. Seniors Jonathan Bucher and Joe Eramo also added touchdowns.     


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