Flashback: Tiger Football vs. Moeller
The St. Xavier Football Tigers will take the field again this Friday at 7:30 in a monumental matchup against Archbishop Moeller High School (OH) who brings a 3-0 record into Brother Thomas More Stadium. Coming off of a rout of Fairdale last week, the Tigers will be tasked with handling a very potent Crusader offense. After two consecutive strong defensive showings, the Tiger defense should be prepared for a tight battle with a high-flying offense. St. X’s defense has only allowed an unprecedented 31 points through three and a half games (see Ballard Game). The Tigers will need all the help they can get if they wish to continue such a stingy defensive streak, and expect to receive a lot of that needed help from the crowd on Friday night. It is patriotic night and the Rage Cage will be rockin’.
According to the archives of the KHSAA.org scoreboard, the Tigers came up short in a hard-fought battle against Moeller last year, falling by a final score of 24-12. Unlike last week’s opponent, Fairdale, very few current players got playing time in the loss at Moeller last year. When the two teams squared off last year, the Tigers leaned heavily on the reliable Charles Walker who amassed 250 yards and a touchdown on the ground while averaging a monster 8.3 yards per carry. The Crusaders made it especially difficult for the Tigers to find any success in the through the air as former quarterback B.J. Nagle had only 45 yards passing. Overall, the offense had trouble igniting in this game and ultimately fell to a strong offensive attack from Moeller.
2013- St. Xavier 12 Moeller 24
2012- St. Xavier 27 Moeller 34
2011- St. Xavier 10 Moeller 21
2004 St. Xavier 21 Moeller 43
2003 St. Xavier 31 Moeller 17
Will Wolford (St. Xavier 1977-1981) – Lettered four years in both football and basketball, as well as three years in track. After high school, he accepted an athletic scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1987. A four-year starter for the Commodores, he was a unanimous First Team All-SEC pick after his senior season, and the first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1986 NFL draft. During his 13-year NFL career, Will played with the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He started in three Super Bowls and three Pro Bowls and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in September of 1994.
Victor Anderson (St. Xavier 2003-2007)- St. Xavier’s all-time leading rusher and scorer with 4,008 yards and 75 touchdowns. During his time here he led St. X to a 37-4 record. Anderson had monster junior and senior seasons as he rushed for 1,576 yards and 27 touchdowns and 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns, respectively. Anderson went on to play for the Louisville Cardinals and as a freshman was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2008. Injuries plagued Anderson during his time at Louisville but he still managed to perform on a consistent basis under coaches Steve Kragthorpe and Charlie Strong. He will forever be remembered as a St. X legend.
Bob Crable (Moeller 1973-1977)- Crable played linebacker for the Crusaders and led them to three consecutive football state championships and a perfect record of 36–0 over three seasons. After high school, he went on to play for the University of Notre Dame where he was a consensus All-American in 1980 and 1981. In 1982 Crable was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He spent five seasons with the Jets until knee injuries derailed him into retirement. Crable later returned to Moeller in 1992 as a coach and teacher. He spent seven seasons as the head coach of Moeller from 2000-2007.
Greg Jones (Moeller 2003-2007)- Jones was a two-time All-Greater Catholic League and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Team selection at Moeller and played under coach Bob Crable. Jones was rated as a 3 star recruit after high school and attended Michigan State University on an athletic scholarship. He played for the Spartans from 2007-2010 and was a consensus All-American in 2009 and 2010. Jones also earned the 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to earn the award. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In his first year in the NFL, Jones earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants as Eli Manning carried the team past the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. He went on to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Tennessee Titans (2013) before signing with the Toronto Argonauts in March of 2014.
The Tigers will try to snap a four game losing streak against Moeller when they flip the coin on Friday night. Since 2003, the Crusaders have outscored the Tigers 139-101 with St. X taking home only one victory in that span. However, this year’s contest could very easily result in a shootout as the Tigers have a forceful running attack once again with TaiJon Smith, John Martinez and the newly healthy Chase Rowan. St. X also has a more than competent quarterback at the helm in Noah Houk. Don’t be frightened that the Crusaders have outscored their opponents 115-13 so far this season because the Tigers boast a solid defense that held a similarly powerful offense in Bowling Green to a mere six points two weeks ago. With an upgraded passing game and a stronger defense, expect this year’s matchup to be different than the previous one for the Tigers.