Indy Cathedral Shuts Down Moeller In Opener

09/02/2019

Posted on 9/2/2019 at 10:23 a.m.

GCL South Posts 3-1 Record On Opening FB Weekend

Moeller was unable to get on track offensively in its season opener Saturday night, as the Crusaders managed just five first downs and 78 total yards while committing eight turnovers in a 28-0 loss to Indianapolis Cathedral in the second of two games in two nights matching Greater Catholic League South Division teams against schools from Greater Indianapolis at St. Xavier High School.  One night earlier, the host Bombers rallied from a 17-16 halftime deficit to outscore Brownsburg, 22-0, in the final two quarters to record a 38-17 victory.

GCL South teams finished the opening weekend with a 3-1 record, with Elder traveling to Greater Columbus to post a 41-6 win against Gahanna Lincoln and La Salle kicking off its 2019 season with an impressive 31-7 victory against Lakota West at Lancer Stadium.

As a result, Moeller was looking to cap a perfect weekend for the GCL South against Cathedral – a perennial Indiana power.  But the Crusaders managed to get little done offensively.  In the end, Moeller rushed 31 times for just 52 yards, completed 4-of-15 passes for 26 yards and managed to convert 1-of-9 attempts on third down and failed in two fourth-down conversions.  Cathedral, which opened the season a week earlier by defeating Noblesville, Ind., 42-14, was led by senior quarterback Orin Edwards, who completed 19-of-30 passes for 182 yards and two scores.

The Fighting Irish, which led 7-0 at halftime and 21-0 after three quarters, capped the scoring with a defensive TD when Mari McCullough returned an interception 20 yards for a score.

Cathedral (2-0) is back in Cincinnati next Friday and stays in the GCL South, traveling to The Pit in Price Hill for Elder’s home opener at 7 p.m.  La Salle hits the road to play another Greater Miami Conference team, heading to Mason at 7, while St. Xavier voyages a short distance to face Colerain in what has become the most anticipated non-conference series in Greater Cincinnati every year.

Colerain and St. Xavier have played 16 times since 2010, including twice every season – once in the regular season and again in the playoffs – except 2010 and 2013.  Colerain holds a 9-7 series advantage since 2010.

It doesn’t get any easier for Moeller and first-year coach Todd Naumann, as they Crusaders will face perennial Kentucky power Louisville Trinity at 7:30 Friday.  Trinity is 2-0, having posted consecutive victories the last two Fridays against big-school Indiana powers – knocking off Carmel, 41-14, in Louisville nine days ago and then defeating Warren Central, 17-14, Friday night in Indianapolis.

Moeller beat Trinity, 21-14, a year ago at Lockland Stadium, helping Moeller win six of its first seven games and eventually win the GCL South championship and make the state playoffs.