St. Xavier Heads To Northeast Ohio, Defeats St. Ignatius


Posted on 10/27/2019 at 7:28 p.m.

Moeller Suffers Sixth Consecutive Defeat, This One To St. Edward

Senior quarterback Matthew Rueve connected with senior tight end Marshall Lang for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and the Bombers’ defense made the go-ahead score stand up as St. Xavier traveled up Interstate 71 to Northeast Ohio to post a 13-10 victory against Cleveland St. Ignatius on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Byers Field in Parma. The win snapped a two-game losing streak in the annual series between perennial state powers, with St. Ignatius winning each of the last two regular seasons following St. Xavier’s thrilling 27-20 win in double overtime in the Division I state final in 2016 – a victory that capped the Bombers’ third state championship.  St. Xavier also won state crowns in 2005 and 2007.

Moeller also made the trek to NE Ohio late Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders did not come home victorious.  Moeller suffered its sixth straight defeat, this time falling to defending DI state champion Lakewood St. Edward, 34-7, at Lakewood High School.  St. Edward (8-1) extended its winning streak to eight games after opening the regular season with a 29-28 loss to Mentor, which is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press DI state poll.  St. Edward rushed for nearly 240 yards, including 17 carries for a game-high 142 yards and one TD from senior Joe Formani to continue its momentum into the final week of the regular season.

St. Xavier’s victory against St. Ignatius likely eliminated the Wildcats from postseason play.  St. Ignatius (4-5) entered the game ranked ninth in the Harbin computer ratings, used by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to qualify teams for the state playoffs.  After the loss, tie Wildcats fell one stop to No. 10, according to the website, which unofficially predicts where all teams stand in the regions around the state.  The top eight teams in each region qualify for the state playoffs, with the OHSAA set to release its next official ratings at noon Tuesday.  St. Xavier has already qualified for the postseason and earned a first-round home game, according to Joe Eitel.  So, too, has Elder (8-1), with La Salle (7-2) – a third GCL South team – controlling its own destiny, in DII, Region 8.  Elder travels to La Salle at 7p.m. Friday in a game that will determine the outright GCL South champion.

Rueve had another 200-yard passing game against St. Ignatius, his eighth this season twice surpassing 300 yards, completing 26-of-38 passes for 269 yards and a TD.  Lang, who has verbally committed to play at Northwestern University, hauled in eight passes for 104 yards and the score.  Senior running back Kellen Newman scored the other St. Xavier TD on a run on the opening drive of the game.  St. Ignatius had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but a 48-yard field goal was just short.

Moeller (1-8) continues to struggle offensively, being held to seven or fewer points for the sixth time in nine games – including three shutouts.  The Crusaders managed just 73 yards total offense against the Eagles, scoring their lone TD on a 93-yard kickoff return by senior and Kentucky commit Carrington Valentine.  St. Edward quarterback Connor O’Malley added 57 yards rushing and two TDs, while going 9-of-14 passing for 97 yards and a pair of scores, both to fellow senior Montorie Foster – who finished with seven catches for 60 yards.