CINCINNATI - The Louisville Trinity Shamrocks (9-1) aren't superhuman after all as Moeller (7-3) snapped their 33-game winning streak with a 45-42 triumph on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders were the first team to beat the 'Rocks since the St. Xavier Bombers did it back on Oct. 3, 2009.
The contest was an offensive explosion as the two squads combined for 887 yards of total offense and converted 13 of 20 third-down attempts.
Moeller built a 10-point lead four times in the second half after taking a 21-14 advantage into halftime. Every time the Crusaders went up by double digits Trinity answered with a touchdown after intermission. That quartet of scores for the 'Rocks all came quickly, none were more than four minutes. The last touchdown came with 0:08 left in the contest as it would be too little, too late for the visitors.
Senior leadership paced the Crusaders. Quarterback, Spencer Iacavone ran for two scores and tossed two more, while accounting for 177 yards of total offense. Keith Watkins amassed 147 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for the victors. It was the ninth time that Watkins ran for over 111 yards, pushing his season rushing totals to 1,482 yards and 19 scores.
Moeller had all kinds of trouble containing the Trinity aerial attack. The Shamrocks' quarterback Travis Wright threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns. Receivers James Quick and Reggie Bonnafon combined to haul in 19 passes for 277 yards while finding the end zone four times. Quick, who hauled in eight passes for 104 yards, broke the state record for receptions (273) in the loss.
The win pushed Moeller into hosting a home playoff game next Saturday versus Wayne (7-3) according to JoeEitel.com. This will be the Crusader 11th consecutive postseason appearance. It is the longest current streak by any team in the Cincinnati area.