Saturday, November 06, 1999

Moeller (6-4) vs. St. Xavier (9-0)

Tonight's playoff preview

        • When: 7:30 tonight.

        • Where: St.Xavier's Tom Ballaban Stadium, 600 West North Bend Rd., Finneytown.

        • Tickets: $5.

        • Regular Season: St.Xavier rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit to beat Moeller 21-19 at St.Xavier.

        • Playoff History: This is St.Xavier's eighth appearance in the playoffs. The Bombers have recorded an 8-7 record and reached the championship game twice. Moeller will be making a Division I-record 19th appearance, with the Crusaders amassing a 30-11 postseason record. They have won seven state titles.

        • Credentials: The first time these teams met, Moeller shed its conservative image in the first half to take a 17-7 lead. But the Crusaders went conservative in the second half, allowing St.X to rally for the victory.

        If Crusaders coach Steve Klonne goes back to what was successful (tight end reverse, double reverses, halfback pass, onside kick) against a tough St.X defense, they could pull it off.

        • Key Players: Both teams have outstanding quarterbacks and tailbacks. Moeller features Brian Reisert (91-of-164 for 1,402 yards) and tailback Marcus Blanks (262 carries for 1,534 yards). St.Xavier counters with tailback Steve Sollmann (166 carries for 994 yards) and quarterback Marty Mooney (91-of-146 pass completions for 1,358 yards).

        • Key Statistics: St.Xavier has allowed 96 points in nine games; Moeller has allowed 10 opponents 162 points.

        • If Moeller wins: It would eliminate the No.2 team in Ohio and set up a possible rematch with Elder.

        • If St.Xavier wins: The Bombers will have overcome a major obstacle (Moeller) for the second time this season.

        • The quote: “Any time you play a GCL team, it's tough,” St.Xavier coach Steve Rasso said. “We knew there was that possibility, and we just have to do it.”


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