“Who Are These Guys?”: Moeller
“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”
This Friday, St. X will take on the Archbishop Moeller High in one of the biggest games of the year. The Tigers will take the field on Friday night trying to snap a four game losing streak against the Crusaders. It will be a huge game, and the crowd is expected to be extra rowdy because it’s Patriotic Night. There will be plenty of pregame hype about that later, so now it’s time to get to know the Moeller Crusaders.
Mascot: Fighting Crusaders
School Colors: Gold and Blue
Location: 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
Notable People Associated with Moeller:
Ken Griffey Jr. (1983-1987)- Griffey excelled at baseball and football while at Moeller. He received the honors of being the U.S. high school baseball player of the year in 1987 and was also a heavily pursued running back by many top Division I college football programs across the country. The surefire Hall of Famer debuted for the Seattle Mariners in 1989 and last played for the Mariners in 2010. Throughout his illustrious twenty-one year career, Griffey played with the Seattle Mariners (1989-1999), Cincinnati Reds (2000-2008) and Chicago White Sox (2008) before returning to the Seattle from 2009-2010. Griffey will go down as one of the most decorated players ever, as he was a 13x time All-Star, 7x Silver Slugger Award winner, 10x Gold Glove Award winner and the 1997 AL MVP.
Barry Larkin (1978-1982)- Larkin starred at Moeller as a football player and standout shortstop on the baseball team. He accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan to play under coach Bo Schembechler, but eventually decided to focus solely on baseball. After leading the Wolverines to two College World Series, he made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1986. Larkin retired after 18 years in the MLB after becoming a 12x All-Star, 9x Silver Slugger Award winner, 3x Golden Glove Award winner and the 1995 NL MVP. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2012 and won a World Series with the Reds in 1990.
Bob Crable (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 (2003-2007)- Jones was a two-time All-Greater Catholic League and PrepStar 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.
John Boehner (1964-1968) – Boehner is currently the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and US Congressman for the state of Ohio. He played linebacker on the football team while at Moeller.
Coach: John Rodenberg
Top players: Jake Hausmann (TE), Doug Bates (TE), Chase Pankey (WR), Elijah Taylor (DT), and Matt Crable (QB).
Last year: 14-1, Defeated Mentor High School 55-52 to win the 2013 OHSAA Division I State Championship
Last Game: Defeated Xenia High School by a final score of 55-7