For the first time since 2004, Moeller and St. Xavier met in a week other than the season's last regular season game as the Crusaders traveled to Ballaban Stadium for each teams' Greater Catholic League South league opener.
St. Xavier got the scoring started on its first possession on a seven-play, 68-yard drive that produced a trick play for a score. Bombers quarterback Nick Albers handed off to wide receiver Kevin Milligan on a reverse and he threw a 32-yard strike to fellow wide out Trey Kilgore for a touchdown. Sean Duggan's extra point made the score 7-0 with 8:38 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second half Moeller took over the ball game as the Crusaders dominated the line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball. At 7:21 of the third quarter, Moeller went on a 16-play drive that was dominated by Skove. The senior running back gained 43 of the 50 yards on the possession. Nick Palopoli booted a 47-yard field goal into the wind to put Moeller on the board for the first time cutting the Bombers' led to 7-3.
On the Crusaders next drive, Moeller took the lead 10-7 on the final play of the third quarter with a 41-yard touchdown run by Skove, who ran the ball 38 times for 198 yards.
--John Rodenberg, Moeller
--Tucker Skove, Moeller
Moeller outgained St. Xavier 299-193 in total offensive, including 116-44 in the third quarter.
Palopoli, also the Moeller punter, pinned the Bombers on its own 7-yard line with 9:17 left in the game. Five plays into the drive, St. Xavier tight end Joe Neiser fumbled the ball on the Bombers' own 33-yard line. The turnover setup Skove for his second rushing touchdown, a 5-yard scoring play to give Moeller a 17-7 victory.
St. Xavier running back Connor Hundley, the leading rusher in the GCL, was held relatively in check to 82 yards on 21 carries.
Moeller (5-0) travels to the Circle City next week where the Crusaders have a road matchup with Indianapolis Cathedral. St. Xavier (3-2) will also be on the road next as the Bombers have a GCL South battle at The Pit versus Elder.
Written by: Brady Laber, TriStateFootball.com