St. Xavier, Moeller Host NE Ohio FB Powers Today


Posted on 10/25/2014

St. Xavier and Moeller welcome two Northeast Ohio powers to their home stadiums this afternoon for what is shaping up to be an entertaining day for high school football fans.  First, St. Xavier plays Cleveland St. Ignatius at St. Xavier Stadium at 2:07 p.m.  Then, Moeller hosts Lakewood St. Edward at Lockland Memorial Stadium, Moeller’s home field.  Kickoff is 4 p.m.

Both games will be shown live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannels’ 1311 HD and 311.  The Moeller game will be joined in progress at the conclusion of St. Ignatius-St. Xavier.

St. Xavier (6-2), No. 3 in this week’s Division I, Region 2 Harbin computer ratings, No. 10 in the Associated Division I Press state poll and No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll, is riding a three-game winning streak after posting wins at Elder and La Salle, and then defeating Indiana power Warren Central last week at home.  The Bombers’ offense has come alive during the streak, scoring at least 23 points in each game.

St. Ignatius (6-2) is coming off a 38-20 win over Moeller last Saturday in Columbus.  The Wildcats are just ahead of St. Xavier in the AP state poll, at No. 9, and currently sit in good playoff position, too, at No. 6 in the Division I, Region 1 Harbin computer ratings.  St. Ignatius is looking to avenge a 13-10 loss to St. Xavier last season in Cleveland, when Bombers’ kicker Trevor Bechtold made a 28-yard field goal with 2:15 remaining for the win.

Moeller is looking to get back on the winning track when it faces Lakewood St. Edward (6-2), the state’s No. 8-ranked team which was ranked as high as No. 1 nationally earlier this season before a loss at Elder.  The Crusaders (6-2) are hoping for a better start than when these two teams met last October, when Moeller fell behind 31-0 early in the second half before staging a massive comeback in a 45-42 loss in Lakewood.

For Moeller, the defeat to St. Edward last season was the last loss for the Crusaders – who went on to win six straight games and a second consecutive Division I state championship.  Moeller again is in good playoff position, at No. 5 in the Region 2 Harbin computer ratings, but the Crusaders would like to build some momentum today before facing Louisville Trinity next Friday night at Lockland Stadium.