Mooney Gets 40th Win Against Ursuline in a 13-9 Last-Minute Comeback
After a 6-6 tie at halftime and both teams struggling in the second half, it seemed if anyone could get a score late in the game, they would come out on top. Ursuline used a long screen pass to drive to the Mooney 5 yard line and kick a 23-yard field goal with 1:55 left to go up 9-6. Mooney received the kickoff at the 18 yard line and on an improvised play by quarterback Antonio Page, he found Darrel Jackson about ten yards down field, who then raced across the field all the way down to the Ursuline 11 yard line. Three plays later, Patrick Pelini would push the pile into the end zone for a touchdown! Mooney went up 13-9 on a Paul Graziano conversion. The Cardinal defense immediately stopped any hope of a last minute Irish touchdown when Patrick Pelini intercepted the ball and Mooney ran out the clock.
Patrick Pelini had a monster game, scoring on a 75-yard punt return in the first two minutes of the game, making two interceptions, and scoring the game-winning touchdown. Mooney advances to 6-2 and has clinched a Region 13 playoff berth. The Cardinals now lead the series over the Irish by a count of 40-20-3. They will play at Austintown Fitch on Friday who defeated Boardman 12-7 this past weekend. Photographs will be posted this weekend.
Cardinals Top #2-Ranked Warren Harding 35-34 in Old-School 'SVC' Classic on Blocked Extra Point
Mooney took a 35-21 halftime lead and held on for a 35-34 victory over the previously unbeaten and #2 ranked Warren Harding Raiders. The Cardinals raced out to a 14-0 lead before the Raiders ran an offensive play. But behind the play of electrifying Harding quarterback Lynn Bowden, they evened the score at 21-21. Mooney would then score two touchdowns in a 26 second span, the first a Ray Anderson touchdown run, and the second, a fumble recovery by Jaylen Hewlett. Mooney had to play great defense to contain Bowden in the second half. After Harding scored the apparent tying score on a 23 yard touchdown pass, Mooney blocked the extra point, resulting in a 35-34 final score. Mooney moves to 5-2 on the season while Harding suffered its first loss on the season and now sits at 7-1. Antonio Page scored two touchdowns rushing and Jaylen Hewlett added a rushing score to go along with his defensive touchdown. Paul Graziano was perfect on PAT attempts.
Five Fumbles and an Undefeated Canisius Team Equal a 31-14 Mooney Defeat
Mooney fumbled the ball fives times over the course of the game, losing them all to Buffalo Canisius, who used the turnover battle as well as a dominating performance by both the offensive and defensive lines to cruise to a 31-14 win over the Cardinals. Canisius entered the game undefeated and it showed. The are strong in all three phases of the game and have great athletes. Mooney's chances ran out when they had the ball around the Canisius 35-yard line, down 3 late in the third quarter, when a handoff exchange was fumbled and recovered by Canisius. That turnover resulted in 7 points for the Crusaders and they never looked back. Scoring for Mooney were Jaylen Hewlett and Antonio Page. Lizzie Philibin was 2-2 on extra point conversions.
Photographs from Senior Day as well as the Canisius game have been posted.
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