Moeller Crusaders Ride Run Game, Shock St. Ignatius Wildcats 41-20

 Photo courtesy moellergamephotos.com

Photo courtesy moellergamephotos.com

By Matt Goul, Cleveland.com

Cincinnati Moeller senior running back Colin Thurman rushed for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and the Crusaders upset St. Ignatius on Friday night at Otterbein University.

Moeller (4-4) had lost three straight, including a 42-14 blowout last week at Cincinnati Elder.

St. Ignatius (7-1), the No. 2-ranked team in the cleveland.com Top 25, had plenty of billing. The Associated Press had the Wildcats second in their state ranking with a Division I-high 13 first-place votes.

Yet Moeller took an early lead within the first three minutes on Thurman’s 11-yard touchdown run. St. Ignatius answered with a tying touchdown less than two minutes later, but the Crusaders scored off a fumble recovery and led the rest of the way.

St. Ignatius fumbled four times, losing only that one to Moeller’s Ryan Mullaney on a 21-yard return. The Wildcats committed three turnovers, including two interceptions, to Moeller’s two.

Junior Jahadge Floyd led St. Ignatius on the ground with 12 carries for 93 yards. Dan Alexander and Kyle Hall combined to throw for 155 yards, but Moeller pulled away in the second half.

It led 16-6 after the first quarter and 23-13 at the half. The Wildcats pulled within 26-20 before Thurman ripped off a 76-yard TD run.

Moeller comes to Northeast Ohio next week. The Crusaders visit St. Edward, the No. 1-ranked team in the area, on Saturday in Lakewood. St. Ignatius will play host to defending state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier that night.

St. Xavier began Moeller’s three game losing streak by handing it a 30-7 defeat.

Despite Moeller’s record, it is second in the Division I, Region 4 playoff rankings, according to JoeEitel.com. St. Ignatius remains atop Region 1 entering Saturday play, according to JoeEitel.com, having already clinched a playoff spot.