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Moeller vs. Covington Catholic Preview
September 6, 2013Cincinnati Moeller High School
From Mike Dyer and Kevin Kelly, Cincinnati Enquirer
Preview of Moeller at CovCath football game
Moeller (1-0) at Covington Catholic (2-0)
When/Where: 1 p.m., Saturday at Wooten Field, Park Hills
What to Watch: Covington Catholic faces a major test in its home opener against Ohio’s reigning Division I state champions. Colonels coach Dave Wirth wants to force Moeller to throw the ball and limit big plays on defense. Moeller, ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, won its season opener against Indianapolis Pike on a big play – a 43-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Gus Ragland to junior wide receiver Chase Pankey with 11 seconds remaining in regulation.
CovCath, ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Northern Kentucky coaches’ poll, has outscored its two opponents 69-13 this season but injuries are expected to keep quarterback Adam Wagner and running back Luke Bir out of the lineup this week. The two programs haven’t met since 2005. Moeller leads the all-time series, 8-1, according to CovCath records. Moeller coach John Rodenberg won a state title in ’06 with CovCath and expects CovCath will give the Crusaders their ‘A’ game. Rodenberg has good memories of the school including working for athletic director Mike Guidugli.