Moeller improves to 3-0; Huge second half lifts Crusaders at Northmont

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Cincinnati Moeller Crusaders

Moeller made the long drive up to Good Samaritan Field last Friday night
and dominated host Northmont, 51-14. At half, Northmont actually held a
slight advantage, 14-13. It was the third straight week the T-Bolts faced one of Cincinnati’s best.
After losing to Colerain in Week 1 and beating Princeton in Week 2,
Northmont opened the night strong. Then the second half started…


CLAYTON – Moeller made the long drive up to Good Samaritan Field last Friday night and dominated host Northmont, 51-14. At half, Northmont actually held a slight advantage, 14-13. 

Talk about a second half hailstorm. The T-Bolts found themselves in one with nowhere to hide.

It was the third straight week Northmont faced one of Cincinnati’s best. After losing to Colerain in Week 1 and beating Princeton in Week 2, Northmont (1-2) opened the night strong. Both T-Bolt scores came off big plays.  QB Cameron Belton connected with WR Jordan Taylor on a 73-yard pass to put Northmont in the red zone, and two plays later Belton found the end zone with WR Jamal Trammell for a nine-yard score, giving Northmont a quick 7-3 lead.

On Northmont’s first play, a hand off was fumbled, but their defense held Moeller to a field goal despite the field position.

Northmont’s second score almost came in the first quarter, by way of an 85-yard punt return by WR Chris Murray-Townsell.  At that point, Northmont lead 14-6.

However, Moeller would go on to score 45 unanswered points, led by RB Tucker Scove, who ran the ball 25 times for 122 yards and two scores.  RB George Lewis contributed a 1-yard score.  LB Max DeZarn and RB Brian Burkhart both caught short touchdowns.

QB Charlie Fiessinger briefly came out of the game, but otherwise handled the Moeller passing duties, going 9-for-15 for 59 yards and two scores.

Moeller coach John Rodenberg said that he wanted to put pressure on Belton because the Northmont QB is a sophomore.

“We just thought we needed to blitz [him],” Rodenberg, also the Moeller defensive coordinator, said.

Moeller’s defense took over in the second half.  DB Shaquille Jinks returned an interception 31-yards for a touchdown, the defense sacked Belton a number of times (once for a safety) and forced him to fumble.

“I blitzed from everywhere.  I blitzed all kinds of different guys,” Rodenberg said about his defensive game plan in the second half.  “A corner, a linebacker, an end, all kinds of guys.”

Just as it did against Wayne in Week 1, the Moeller running game struggled a bit in the first half but Moeller’s plan never changed, Rodenberg said.

“You know what, we’re gonna run the ball,” Rodenberg said. “We’re gonna run the ball and you’re gonna have to stop it.  We’re 280-pounds down the line, eventually we think we’re gonna get it.”

“They expose the weaknesses and the holes,” Northmont coach Lance Schneider said about the Moeller attack.

Schneider said he understands that starting a sophomore QB will be a challenge at times.

“He has a real good grasp of the offense, but things are happening fast,” Schneider said.

Next week, Moeller returns home to face the Findlay Trojans while Northmont heads up to battle the Sidney Yellow Jackets.

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