Benedictine Completely Dominates Mooney 56-16, Most Points Given Up In School History
In a rematch of last year's Division IV Region 11 Championship, the Cardinals were no match for the Cleveland Benedictine Bengals as they hammered Mooney 56-16 in Regional Semifinal game. The Bengals were as explosive a team that Mooney has ever seen. At one point, Benedictine had four consecutive 1-play drives. Benedictine opened up a 14-0 lead on Mooney in the first quarter, and a 42-9 lead at halftime. The second half was played under a running clock with the final score ending up at 56-16. It is the most points ever given up by Mooney in school history, and if the score with 54 seconds left did not happen, it would have been the worst defeat in school history. Mooney finishes their season at 6-5. Good Luck to the Benedictine Bengals in their quest for a seventh State Championship! Photographs will be posted this weekend (however due to the poor lighting at Revere, the quality is not very good).
Woodridge Gives Mooney All They Can Handle, Cardinals Rally in Fourth Quarter to win 28-21
Bouncing back from the Week 10 loss to Fitch, Mooney used second half heroics to score 14 answered points after being down 21-14 to win by a final score of 28-21 over the Woodridge Bulldogs on Friday in the Division IV Region 11 Quarterfinal. This game was Mooney's first of the 2014 season on grass, and early on, the unfamiliarity hampered the Cardinal offense. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime and Woodridge took a 21-14 lead in the 4th quarter on a 52 yard touchdown run. Mooney would answer with a Ray Anderson 13 yard touchdown run of their own. On the next Woodridge offensive play, Jordan Jones stripped the ball from a Woodridge runner and Mooney recovered it. Three plays later, Jon Saadey found Jack Reider in the back of the end zone for a 30 yard touchdown to go up 28-21. The Mooney defense stiffened and eventually Woodridge turned the ball over on downs. Mooney will play Benedictine on Friday November 13 at a site to be determined on Sunday. A photo gallery has been posted.
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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