By WCPO Staff
School spirit was brimming over at two all-boys high schools Friday when Good Morning Tri-State paid them each visits.
Moeller High School hosts crosstown rival and reigning state champion St. Xavier Friday night; It's also WCPO's Game of the Week. St. X is rated No. 1 in this week’s Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I, Region 4 computer points standings. Moeller is rated No. 2. but students didn't wait to start off their tailgates or strike up the marching bands.
First, Jaclyn DeAugustino met St. Xavier's bomb squad, which serves as the school's alternative to a traditional cheerleading squad. They showed DeAugustino (a Bengals cheerleader) their splits and some of their routines.
"Oh, I can't wait to bring the spirit," squad member Andrew Hendy said. "It's always a good game when it's rivals like Moeller and X."
The bomb squad is made up of all seniors. But they take it seriously -- there's even a try-out process.
"The student body really comes out to support on big rivalry weekends, so we expect a really intense student section," Jack Langenderfer said. "They'll be excited to make noise. It makes our job easier."
Last week, DeAugustino learned a cheer at Aiken High School ahead of the Aiken-Taft Friday night face-off.
Early Friday morning, Paola Suro reported live from Moeller High School, who started their Friday night tailgate at 5:30 a.m. (They served donuts instead of burgers.)
Moeller leads the all-time series against St. Xavier 41-19-1 with counting the first game between the GCL rivals as 1963, according to Moeller archivist Dick Beerman.
According to St. X, it is recorded as Moeller leading the series 41-20-1. St. Xavier counts the 1962 game as part of its records, according to St. Xavier Assistant Athletic Director Nick Van Zile.
Moeller does not count the ’62 game since in that season the school did not yet have a senior class, Beerman said.
Read more about the upcoming game here.