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Crusaders overwhelm Wayne
November 4, 2012Cincinnati Moeller High School
By Tom Goeschen
Moeller senior quarterback Spencer Iacovone threw four touchdown passes and the Crusaders crushed Huber Heights Wayne 43-21 on Saturday night, in a regional quarterfinal football game at Lockland.
Moeller was the No. 3 regional seed and Wayne was No. 6. Moeller as higher seed thus hosted at Lockland, where the Crusaders play home games.
Moeller grabbed a 7-0 lead just 1:22 into the game, as Iacovone hit wide open senior wideout Max Foley with a 44-yard touchdown pass. Matt Reiniger kicked the first of many Moeller PAT attempts.
The Crusaders made it 14-0 when Iacovone found junior wideout Gus Ragland for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the first period.
The lead grew to 21-0 when Iacovone hit senior tight end Casey Pieper for a 26-yard score, 22 seconds into the second quarter.
Wayne cut its deficit to 21-7 a few minutes later on a 28-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Javon Harrison to junior flanker Tristan Davis.
The Wayne defense continued to be overwhelmed by Moeller. The Crusaders scored again on a 3-yard run by senior running back Keith Watkins with 3:24 left before halftime. That made it 27-7, and senior tight end Keith Rucker then ran in a 2-point conversion to make it 29-7.
Moeller continued the mauling with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Iacovone to senior tight end Evan Jansen, making the score 36-7 with 5:18 left in the third period.
Senior running back JoJo Eramo scored from 1 yard out with 3:14 left to put Moeller up 43-7. Wayne added a pair of late touchdowns to make the final margin a bit closer.
Moeller is making its 11th consecutive postseason appearance. The Crusaders in 2011 reached the regional finals.
M-Foley 44 pass from Iacovone (Reiniger kick)
M-Ragland 3 pass from Iacovone (Reiniger kick)
M-Pieper 26 pass from Iacovone (Reiniger kick)
HHW-Davis 28 pass from Harrison (Belcher kick)
M-Watkins 3 run (Rucker run)
M-Jansen 8 pass from Iacovone (Reiniger kick)
M-Eramo 1 run (Reiniger kick)
HHW-Bester 77 run (Belcher kick)
HHW-Harrison 1 run (Belcher kick)