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Moeller football to play 1st game ever on campus

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 16:24:39-05

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Moeller’s varsity football team will play a game on campus for the first time in school history in October. 

The Crusaders will host Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada (St. Catharines, Ontario) in Week 10 on Saturday, Oct 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Moeller Athletic Director Mike Asbeck told WCPO.com the school decided to make Week 10 a unique opportunity for a home game on campus and it will include alumni activities.

“It will be a great new experience and I’m looking forward to it,” Moeller junior tight end Matt Dotson told WCPO.com.

Asbeck said Week 10 games are very difficult to schedule and this is a way to add a unique aspect to the final regular season game. Moeller defeated Canada Prep Academy 50-10 in Week 10 of the 2015 season.

Moeller head coach John Rodenberg is happy that the seniors will get to play their final regular season game at home.

"Awesome deal," Rodenberg said. "Mike (Asbeck) and I have played with the idea for a few years now. Just had to be the right opponent. Game 10 is impossible to find. It's a stroke of luck we got these guys so we decided to go with it."

Asbeck said the school is comfortable with playing it in front of fans at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex, which opened in fall 2008.

Varsity home games are typically played at Lockland High School because it has a higher seating capacity than the athletic complex, which helps meet attendance demands for the storied program. The Moeller complex also doesn't have lights, so it's not conducive to night games. 

Moeller varsity football began in 1963 and for many years the team played at Galbraith Field in Kings Mills, but it closed in 2003. The Crusaders have also used the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium at times for home games.

Moeller is scheduled to open the season Aug. 26 in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Nippert Stadium. The complete Showdown schedule will be released this spring. Moeller’s website said the Crusaders will open with Lakota West.