Key Returners, News of Note, Schedule Thoughts, Coaches Quotes and more…
2012 JJHuddle HS Football Previews
Moeller (11-2, Region 7 finalist)
High School Name: Archbishop Moeller
High School City: Cintinnati
Coach’s Name: John Rodenberg
Years at School (Career record): 4 31-15
Last Season’s Record (Conference/Finish): 9-4 GCL south champs
Last Winning Season (If not last season): 2011
Division/Region (I-VI, 1-24): I-4
*Shane Jones sr LB 6’1 220 Michigan State commit
*Keith Watkins sr RB 6’0 180 Northwestern, West Virginia, Iowa, Kentucky (over 15 offers)
*Alex Gall sr OL 6’4 295 Florida State, Minnesota, Kentucky (over 15 offers)
*Spencer Iacovone sr QB 6’1 210 led GCL in passing
*Jimmy Rodenberg sr LB 5’11 230
*Evan Jansen sr TE 6’5 250
*Matt Noble sr OL 6’3 290
Potential college prospects?
Chalmer Frueauf jr. DL 6’3 230
Noteworthy News: The Crusaders are celebrating “50 Years of Moeller Football” this season and would like nothing more than to cap it with a state title in Canton. Moe has the roster to do it too. Head coach John Rodenberg has had some good teams in his four years at Moeller (31-16 record), but this is arguably his best – it’s littered with D-I prospects. Jones is one of the state’s top LBs and is committed to Michigan State. He had over 25 offers. Watkins, who rushed for 625 yards and nine TDs last year (also had four receiving TDs) holds offers from Cincinnati, Boston College, Northwestern, Minnesota, Kentucky, Akron, West Virginia, Iowa and Kansas. Gall holds close to 20 offers, including Florida State, Pitt, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Indiana. Jansen holds an offer from Akron and Buffalo. The leader of the Moeller offense is Icavone, a three-year starter who led the Greater Catholic League in passing last year (1,635 yards and 19 TDs). He also ran for seven TDs.
Schedule: Moeller opens its brutal schedule Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. on ESPN against the Gilman School from Baltimore (MD). The Crusaders only play four Ohio teams (St. Xavier, LaSalle, Elder and St. Edward). Moeller’s schedule also includes two teams from Michigan (Grand Rapids Christian and Detroit Central Catholic) and Kentucky (Louisville Trinity and Louisville St. Xavier) and one from Indiana (Indianapolis Cathedral Prep). Moeller may not be unbeaten heading into the playoffs but it will be seasoned.
Coaches Quotes: “This season is shaping up to be another good year for the Crusaders. If we can stay healthy with our brutal schedule, we should be battle tested for the playoffs in Ohio.”