Cardinals' Season Ends with a 17-12 Loss to NDCL
Using an efficient, balanced offense, and a tenacious defense, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin defeated Mooney 17-2 in the Region 13 Semifinal. Jaylen Hewlett scored in the second quarter on a 4 yard run, but Mooney was down 10-6 at the half. NDCL won the field position battle helped by Mooney turnovers, the most crucial was a fumble the was recovered inside the 5 yard line and run in for a touchdown that would give NDCL the 17-12 final score. Patrick Pelini added a rushing touchdown in the second half. Mooney ends their season at 8-3.
Mooney Outscores Hubbard 20-3 in the Second Half, Leading to a 27-9 Win
Mooney and Hubbard met for the 14th time Friday evening, with the Cardinals turning a 6 point deficit right before halftime, into a 27-9 victory over the Eagles in the Division IV, Region 13 Quarterfinal. Down 6-0 off of a Hubbard rushing touchdown, Mooney recovered an Eagle fumble at the 15 yard line with less than two minutes left in the half. Mooney would score on Jaylen Hewlett's one yard score and the Cardinals took a 7-6 lead into the locker room. Both teams exchanged punts for most of the third quarter. The 4th quarter saw Money pull ahead both with defensive stops as well as sound ball-control offense. Jaylen Hewlett had three rushing touchdowns while Patrick Pelini added another.
Cardinals Top Fitch for the First Time in 4 Years
In a low-scoring contest, Mooney defeated Fitch on the road 7-0 on Friday. Scoring for the Cardinals was Chris Gruber.
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.
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