Late Mooney Rally Comes Up Short Against Fitch, Cardinals Enter Playoffs Losing 3 of Last 4 Games
To say Mooney is going through a rough stretch would be an understatement. The Cardinals have dropped 3 of their last 4 games this season, while still qualifying for the postseason. They will play at Woodridge High School in Peninsula on Friday in the Division IV Region 11 Quarterfinal. Woodridge finished the season with an 8-2 record and their stadium has a natural grass playing surface. The facility underwent a large scale renovation in 2011 and is an excellent venue for a playoff game.
Against Fitch, Mooney was held to less than 150 yards rushing, and had trouble containing the Falcon run offense. Fitch held a 10-0 halftime lead, then was up 18-7 before Mooney closed the gap to 18-15 with a touchdown and a 2 point conversion. Even Mooney recovering the onside kick was not enough, as the Falcon defense stopped Mooney's comeback bid with an interception with just over a minute left. Photographs of the game have been posted.
Mooney Clinches Playoff Spot With a 31-7 Win Over Ursuline in the 60th Meeting
The Ursuline Irish were riding a five game win streak coming into Friday's game, and took a 7-0 second quarter lead on an 80-yard touchdown catch. That was the last lead they would see as Mooney rattled off 31 unanswered points. Using a suffocating defense that did not yield a yard in the second half coupled with outstanding efforts from the offense, Mooney advances their record to 5-3 and has clinched a playoff spot in Division IV, Region 11. Scoring rushing touchdowns for Mooney were Jon Saadey, Anthony Gill, and Ray Anderson. Saadey hooked up with Andrew Armstrong for a 31 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Zak Kennedy added a 46 yard field goal. Photographs have been posted.
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