Coghlin FG Caps Moeller Rally Against St. Ignatius

10/18/2015

Posted 10/18/2015 at 8:55 a.m.

Crusaders Come Back from 38-14 Deficit To Notch Key Victory

Two field goals by senior kicker Matt Coghlin in the final four minutes, the last a 26-yarder as time expired, capped a huge comeback by Moeller and lifted the Crusaders to a 55-52 victory over Cleveland St. Ignatius Saturday evening at Coffman High School in Dublin – giving Moeller a second straight dramatic win and a key victory in its quest to earn a spot in the Ohio Division I state football playoffs.

Moeller, just eight days moved from a dramatic 49-42 win at Elder in a game the Crusaders trailed 14-0 in the first quarter, was down 38-14 to St. Ignatius with 4:58 remaining in the first half.  But the Crusaders scored three times in the final five minutes to cut the deficit to 38-35 at halftime.  Moeller actually took the lead less than three minutes into the third quarter, 42-38, on the fifth TD pass of the game by senior Thomas MacVittie.

The lead would then change hands three more times in the third quarter, with St. Ignatius (4-3) holding a 52-49 advantage entering the fourth.  The only scoring in the final 12 minutes would be two field goals by Coghlin, a Michigan State University commit, who nailed a 36-yarder with 3:31 remaining to tie the game at 52, and then converted the game-winner on the final play of regulation.

Moeller (4-4) and St. Ignatius combined for 1,213 total yards and 48 first downs, a week after Elder and Moeller went over 1,100 yard total offense.  MacVittie, a Pittsburgh commit, completed 19-of-39 passes for 475 yards and six TDs. His favorite targets were senior tight end Jake Hausmann, an Ohio State commit, who hauled in seven passes for 189 yards and three scores (including a 76-yarder in the third quarter that gave Moeller a 49-45 lead), and senior receiver Cole Ashmore, who had four receptions for 76 yards and two scores.  

Coach John Rodenberg’s team was especially proficient when it counted most, converting 12-of-20 third downs and only failing to convert once in four fourth-down conversions.  In all, Moeller racked up a season-high 620 yards of total offense to even its record.  It doesn’t get any easier for the Crusaders, who travel to Greater Cleveland next Saturday to take on the state’s top-ranked team, Lakewood St. Edward (7-1).