DI State Semifinal: Springfield vs. Cincinnati Moeller

Who wins?

  • Springfield by 1-8

    Votes: 23 19.0%
  • Springfield by 9-16

    Votes: 5 4.1%
  • Springfield by 17+

    Votes: 5 4.1%
  • Moeller by 1-8

    Votes: 28 23.1%
  • Moeller by 9-16

    Votes: 44 36.4%
  • Moeller by 17+

    Votes: 16 13.2%

  • Total voters
    121
No. Once Springfield wins the first one, you’ll want more.

and the arch rival is winning them now.
Since St Ignatius is a common opponent for both D1 state finalists this year, what's your take on next week's game. Keep in mind Springfield is really peaking in the playoffs and they just put 26 points on Moeller's defense which had been yielding only 5.7ppg in the playoffs. I really think this will be a much more closely contested dogfight that will come down to the final possession unlike the last 2 games. But what do you think?
 
Good question. Ignatius was awful this year, but I was impressed with Springfield’s overall speed. The QB is really good too. Very good defense for the Wildcats.

Eds just owns Ignatius, and has for years now.

Somehow Springfield has to get Eds to throw. Bullock is injured and not running as well. They rely so much on soph Brandon White. He is really good but he runs through massive holes with those linemen.

Losing amazing players like Gideon and Kilbane from last year’s defense has hurt. However, transfer Thomas is really good.

Springfield has to avoid giving up too many points and digging out. Stay in the game and make it tight.
 
Good question. Ignatius was awful this year, but I was impressed with Springfield’s overall speed. The QB is really good too. Very good defense for the Wildcats.

Eds just owns Ignatius, and has for years now.

Somehow Springfield has to get Eds to throw. Bullock is injured and not running as well. They rely so much on soph Brandon White. He is really good but he runs through massive holes with those linemen.

Losing amazing players like Gideon and Kilbane from last year’s defense has hurt. However, transfer Thomas is really good.

Springfield has to avoid giving up too many points and digging out. Stay in the game and make it tight.
I agree. They can't let St Eds score 21 straight points. If they can stay within a deficit of no more than 10 points, I like their chances to win it late in the 4th mainly because that's how nearly every playoff game has gone this year. It is nice that Gideon and Kilbane are gone. Alot will depend on whether that sophomore RB will be contained. While I acknowledge St Eds is hands down the favorite on paper, I think SHS's experience winning big games late against very good teams and the revenge factor will give them the upset win, maybe 19-17 on a late TD.
 
Since St Ignatius is a common opponent for both D1 state finalists this year, what's your take on next week's game. Keep in mind Springfield is really peaking in the playoffs and they just put 26 points on Moeller's defense which had been yielding only 5.7ppg in the playoffs. I really think this will be a much more closely contested dogfight that will come down to the final possession unlike the last 2 games. But what do you think?
To be fair they put 13 on Moeller in regulation. Moeller did the right thing and let them score a TD to extend the game after the fumble.
 
To be fair they put 13 on Moeller in regulation. Moeller did the right thing and let them score a TD to extend the game after the fumble.
I suspected Moeller may have let Norman score that late TD since they were out of TOs. But, SHS still caused the fumble and recovered it at the 6 which Moeller didn't agree to. IMO, SHS probably would have gone for and scored a TD anyways, despite that giving the ball back with more time on the clock, to ensure Moeller couldn't win it on a FG.
 
I suspected Moeller may have let Norman score that late TD since they were out of TOs. But, SHS still caused the fumble and recovered it at the 6 which Moeller didn't agree to. IMO, SHS probably would have gone for and scored a TD anyways, despite that giving the ball back with more time on the clock, to ensure Moeller couldn't win it on a FG.
Springfield should not have tried to score. That would have been the smart thing to do. Just like Moeller should not have ran a play so quickly at the end of the first half when they were inside the 5. Gave Springfield too much time and paid for the poor decision.
 
Springfield should not have tried to score. That would have been the smart thing to do. Just like Moeller should not have ran a play so quickly at the end of the first half when they were inside the 5. Gave Springfield too much time and paid for the poor decision.
SHS probably thought Moeller wouldn't get a TD to tie it the way things went in the 2d half. Moeller was moving the ball and able to get to FG range but they really hadn't had any opportunities to get a TD since the one in the 1st half. I do see your logic. But, clinging to a 1-pt lead, they probably felt it was best to force Moeller to need a TD with limited time and no TOs. Remember, they dodged a huge bullet when Moeller missed the 28 yard FG earlier in 4th Q that would have given them the lead.
 
Good luck to Springfield and let’s hope for a clean, injury free competitive game that comes down to the last possession.
 
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