D1: Cincinnati Moeller upsets #5 Toledo Whitmer, 20-12, for eighth title
December 2, 2012By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Ohio Preps Authority
CANTON – Cincinnati Moeller knocked off previously undefeated fifth-ranked Toledo Whitmer, 20-12, in the 2012 OHSAA Division I football state championship game Dec. 1 in front of 8,834 fans at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
The title, which is unranked Moeller’s eighth overall but first since 1985, comes in the Crusaders’ 12th state final appearance and ties them with Newark Catholic and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney for the second-most all-time. Cleveland St. Ignatius, the 2011 Division I state champion, holds the record with 11 state titles.
Before the championship game, Whitmer had outscored its opponents 614-153 and, despite its unfamiliarity with tightly contested contests, was able to amass 304 total yards to match Moeller’s impressive passing and rushing combination of 161 and 154 yards, respectively. Whitmer also assembled 17 first downs to keep pace with Moeller’s 20.
The Crusaders were led by their senior quarterback, Spence Iacovone, who accounted for 161 passing yards on 15 of 19 attempts. His main target the majority of the evening was Keith Watkins, who caught eight passes for 76 yards and also garnered 68 rushing yards on 22 carries. Moeller kicker Matt Reiniger was also instrumental in the contest, connecting on two field goals and two PAT attempts. The Crusaders were led on the defensive end by their senior All-Ohio Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Shane Jones, who totaled 7.5 tackles.
The twin brother duo of Nick and Nate Holley provided the majority of the offense for Whitmer. Nick completed 12 of 20 pass attempts for 196 yards and rushed for 92 yards on 23 carries. Nate, who also contributed eight tackles on the defensive end, connected with his brother on eight passes to tally 135 yards in his final game. Micha Dzikowski also scored a touchdown in the first quarter on a 37-yard reception.
The six-game, two-day attendance at the OHSAA 2012 football state championships was 43,911, down 4,784 from 2011.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. @ Canton Fawcett Stadium
Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (12-3) 20, #5 Toledo Whitmer (14-1) 12
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