It was a tale of two halves Sunday evening as Moeller took on Huber Heights Wayne in the final game of the Crosstown Showdown. The game, which was featured on ESPNU, started out with a national audience getting a look at the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation according to Rivals.com in Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller. It ended with them seeing Moeller running back Tucker Skove steal the spotlight as he scored all five of Moeller's touchdowns in their come from behind victory over the Warriors 35-28.
Miller, an Ohio State commit, was sensational in the first half as he eluded Moeller tacklers with regularity on his way to three first half touchdowns. Moeller head coach John Rodenberg had high praise for his opponent's quarterback after the game.
Wayne also scored in the first half by way of a defensive touchdown when Darien Thorton picked off an errant Charlie Fiessinger pass and returned it 18 yards for the score. Moeller was able to muster two scoring drives in the first half, both six yard runs by Skove, as they headed into the locker rooms trailing 28-14 at halftime.
The second half was a completely different story. After sacking Miller two out of the three plays on the Warriors' first drive of the half, Moeller got the ball and ran it right up the middle all the way down the field until Skove cut Wayne's lead to a single possession with a 5-yard touchdown run.
The Crusaders continued the dominant third quarter on their second possession as they once again drove right down the field and tied the game up with a 12-yard screen pass to Skove with 4:25 left to play in the third quarter.
That's when things got interesting. Wayne's defense stepped up and had some big stops as they were able to keep Moeller from scoring for the next 16 minutes and 20 seconds of the game. Unfortunately for the Warriors it was five seconds to short. Skove scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard play where he literally dove over top of the entire pile.
Skove finished with 151 yards on 32 carries to go along with his five touchdowns. Miller had 212 yards rushing with the majority of those coming in the first half.