Herbstreit Preview Moeller - Montgomery Bell

Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 31, 2008
dave berk

Ohio and Tennessee match-up in the 5th game of the Cincinnati Herbstreit Football Series.

Sunday is another day of great high school football with the three remaining games of the Herbstreit Football Series.

Cincinnati Moeller is one of the most historically know high school programs in the country. But the past couple of years have seen the Mighty Men of Moeller come up short of reaching the level expected.

New head coach John Rodenberg knows what it takes to win having won a state championship in Kentucky at the 3A level at Covington Catholic in 2006. Moeller has long been his dream job and last week the coach earned his first victory at the school.

After an impressive 27-17 victory over Cincinnati Princeton in week one, Rodenberg learns quickly what is expected at Moeller as they head into the Herbstreit and battle Montgomery Bell out of Nashville, Tennessee.

The Moeller Crusaders are not built on star power. Hard nosed physically and mentally tough football players line the roster with athletes at key positions. But that doesn't mean there isn't talent on their roster.

Senior defensive lineman Sean McClellan is a player to keep an eye on as he's already given Cincinnati his verbal commitment. McClellan does a great job of getting penetration and keeping pressure on the quarterback while also being able to stop the run.

Another member of the Crusaders defense to watch is junior linebacker Nick Galvin who is an old-school linebacker looking to leave his mark.

On offense Moeller uses solid blocking from their offensive line where junior tackle Jeff Tanner showed in week one he's a player to watch for the Class of 2010.

Senior running back Patrick Blanks is a workhorse ball carrier who rushed for 100 yards in week one but needed 30 carries to do so. Junior quarterbacks Andrew Hendrix and David Whitehead each took snaps and could do so again on Sunday.

When they look to throw the ball they'll look hard at senior wide receiver Tony Harris and a few other receivers. But ball control will be Rodenberg's trademark and his team looks ready to have a big season.

Coming off a week one 45-19 victory over Antioch (TN) has the Big Red excited as they head to Ohio and their battle with Moeller.

Montgomery Bell Academy is coming off a 13-0 title season but lost 32 players to graduation. But the Big Red has shown in the past they've got talent and this fall should be no different.

The big name looks to be offensive lineman Wesley Johnson who holds offers from Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Duke and Memphis to name a few. At 6-foot-5 1/2, 248-pounds, the Scout.com three-star prospect will be tested early and often by the Moeller defense.

Quarterback Spencer Wise is the key on offense if this year's team is to have success. It's a rebuilding year and Moeller will be a tough test for the Tennessee program.

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