Week 7 Preview - Mooney (4-2) at Warren G. Harding (7-0)

    Friday, October 14, 2016    7:00pm      Mollenkopf Stadium      Radio: 570 AM

OHSAA Division: II
2016 Record: 7-0
Previous Meeting: 2015  CM-27  WGH-19
Record vs. Mooney: 10-15
Head Coach: Steve Arnold (5th Year)
Base Offensive Set: Multiple Spread
Base Defense: Odd

In a battle of two of the Mahoning Valley's best programs, the Cardinals and Raiders renew their rivalry once again.  Warren Harding is undefeated on the season at 7-0.  Mooney enters the game in a near must-win situation considering the toughness of their final three games.  The common opponents are Cleveland Heights, whom Harding beat 40-6 in week 2, and Boardman, who the Raiders defeated 46-15 in week 6.   Steve Arnold is in his fourth season as head coach of the Raiders. 

The explosive Harding offense is led by senior quarterback Lynn Bowden (6-1, 185) who is arguably the most talented ball carrier Mooney will see this season.  His extreme quickness and elusiveness need to be seen in person.  The Harding offense has several good possession receivers with good hands, and their offensive line is experienced.  The Warren Harding offense is averaging an incredible 40 points per game.

The Raider defense has three shutouts on the year and is only giving up 10 points per game.   

The game will be broadcast on 1440AM in the Youngstown area.  You can listen online at http://www.streamingthe.net/WHKZ-1440-AM-Warren-OH/p/43781 .

Week 5 Preview - Mooney (3-1) Vs. Mentor Lake Catholic (2-2)

   Saturday, September 24, 2016         7:00pm             Mentor Jerome T. Osborn Stadium

OHSAA Division III
Nickname: Cougars
Conference: North Coast League
2016 Record: 2-2
Previous Meeting: 2015   CM-0  MLC-28 
Record vs. Mooney:  5-12
Head Coach: Scott O'Donnell (10-14 in 3rd season at Lake Catholic)
Offensive Formation: Multiple Spread
Defensive Set: 4-3
OHSAA State Champions (Division III): 1991, 1992, 2001

Mooney hopes to avoid the breakdowns that occurred last year when Mooney was shutout by the Mentor Lake Catholic Cougars, 28-0.  Lake Catholic enters the game with a 2-2 record.  Their victories came against Cleveland Central Catholic and Holy Name.  Last week, they were defeated by Cleveland Heights 28-17. 

The Cougar offense returns several experienced players at the skill positions this season.  The quarterback is junior Jack Gibbons (6-2, 175).  The backfield is led by seniors Josh Corbin (5-10, 200) and Brian Robinson (5-11, 200).  Junior Nicholas Simcak (6-1, 170) is the top wideout and a big deep threat.  The offensive line is big, experienced, and blocks well, led by junior tackle Raymond Marinucci (6-3, 275).  The Cougar offense is averaging 22 points per game.

The Cougar defense has been very capable this season, only giving up an average of 14 points per game.  Sophomore Robert Morgan (6-1, 170) leads the secondary. 

The game will be played at Jerome T. Osborne Stadium, 6477 Center Street, Mentor.  Ample parking is available at the high school next to the stadium.

Week 4 Preview - Mooney (2-1) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (2-1)

  Friday, September 16   7:30pm     Stambaugh Stadium            Radio: 570 WKBN AM  (I Heart Radio App)

OHSAA Division III
Conference: Independent
2016 Record: 2-1
Previous Meeting: 2015  CM-23  STVM-49
Record vs. Mooney: 3-22
Head Coach: Marcus Wattley (1st season, 2-1)
Offensive Formation: Multiple Spread
Defensive Set: 5-2

The Cardinals will take on the Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School this Friday evening at YSU. The Irish come into this game with a 2-1 record.  Akron STVM has won two out of the last three games against Mooney.  The two schools have combined for 14 State Championships.

The quarterback is senior Donte Taylor (6-3, 215), who has great running ability as well as passing accuracy.  The strength of the offense are senior receivers DeAmonte King (6-1, 180) and Malik Wooldridge (5-10, 175).  Both receivers are very quick and are big play threats.  The Irish posses a deep group of receivers who are excellent athletes.  The offensive line is improving each game this season.  The Irish offense is very balanced and is averaging 21 points per game.

Defensively, the Irish front seven is led by senior linebackers Eric Bentley (6-3, 260), Ross Faetanini (6-0, 195), and Ryan Farris (6-3, 230).  Taylor and Wooldridge lead the defensive backfield.   The defense is allowing an average of 12 points per game.

The kicking duties are handled by senior Jamie Martucci (5-11, 185).

The game will be broadcast on 570AM in the Youngstown area.  You can listen online at http://www.570WKBN.com and click on 'Listen Live' on the upper right corner of the page.  The game is also scheduled to stream online on the I Heart Radio app on your smartphone.  Search for Youngstown stations, then select 570 WKBN.

Be sure to visit the excellent St. Vincent-St. Mary football website at: http://www.stvmfootball.com

Week 3 Preview - Mooney (1-1) at Akron North (0-2)

    Friday, September 19, 2016    7:30pm      Stambaugh Stadium        

Nickname: Vikings
OHSAA Division II
Conference: Akron City Series
2016 Record: 0-2
Previous Meeting: 2015  CM-41  AKN-12
Record vs. Mooney: 0-2
Head Coach: John Stewart (2-21, 3rd season at North)
Base Offensive Set: Multiple Pro/Spread
Base Defense: Odd

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Week 2 Preview - Boardman (1-0) at Mooney (1-0)

    Friday, September 2      7:30pm        Stambaugh Stadium         Radio: AM 570 WKBN

OHSAA Division: II
Conference: All-American Conference
2016 Record: 1-0
Previous Meeting: 2015   CM-31  BDM-6
Record vs. Mooney: 15-27
Head Coach: Joe Ignazio (Fourth Year, 10-23 overall)
Base Offensive Set: Multiple I
Base Defense: Odd

One of the area's greatest rivalries presents the 43rd game between the Boardman Spartans and the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals.   Mooney prevailed last season at the opening of Boardman's new stadium with a 31-6 victory.  Boardman qualified for the OHSAA Playoffs last season with a 6-5 final record.  In their opening game, they soundly defeated East by a score of 41-0.

This year, the quarterback is sophomore Michael O'Horo (5-10, 185) who is joined in the backfield by senior running back Koby Adu-Poku (5-8, 170) .  Adu-Poku had a huge game against East, gaining nearly 200 yards and averaging nearly 10 yards per carry with four touchdowns.  The receivers for Boardman are led by Travis Koontz (6-6, 215), who has great size and quickness.  The offensive line blocks both run and pass very well. 

The Spartan defense is speed-oriented and looks to create pressure and disrupt a team's offensive flow.  The defensive line gained a lot of experience last season.   The linebackers shoot gaps and disrupt plays in the backfield.  The defensive secondary provides good run support. 

Boardman alumnus Joe Ignazio is in his fourth season as head coach of the Spartans. 

The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and is scheduled to stream online as well as on the  I Heart Radio app on your smartphone.

Below is a brief history of the Mooney-Boardman series over the years:

Played 42 times from 1968 to 2003, and 2009-2015 (No game in 1980 due to teacher's strike)
Mooney has won 27 times, Boardman 15
@ BHS: Mooney 13 wins, Boardman 8
@ South: Mooney 4 wins, Boardman 2
@ Rayen Mooney 1 win, Boardman 0
@ YSU: Mooney 9 wins, Boardman 5

There were 2 overtime games with each team winning 1
Mooney 27-24 in 1988, Boardman 17-16 in 1990

Mooney's longest winning streak was 8 games, from 1971 thru 1979
Boardman's longest was 3 games (3 times) 1968-70, 1989-91, 2000-02

Mooney's largest margin of victory: 52-8 in 1974
Boardman largest margin of victory: 42-7 in 2001

There were 4 one point games, with each team winning 2 of those
There were 17 games decided by seven points or less, with BHS winning 10

In 1987, Mooney and Boardman both played for a State Championship in their respective divisions.
That 1987 game between the two, was won by Mooney 7-6 at YSU
Cardinal Mooney defeated Thornville Sheridan 35-7 to win the DII Crown
Boardman lost a controversial heartbreaker (in DI) to Cincinnati Princeton 14-7

Between the 2 schools, they have won or shared over 30 conference championships.

Week 1 Preview - Cleveland Heights (0-0) at Mooney (0-0)

    Saturday August 27, 2016       7:30pm      Stambaugh Stadium         

OHSAA Division: I
2015 Record: 4-6
Previous Meeting: 1996  CM-29  CH-6
Record vs. Mooney: 0-1
Head Coach: Mac Stephens, 2nd Year  (4-6 record overall)
Base Offensive Set: Multiple Spread
Base Defense: Even Set

In the 2016 opener, the Cardinals look to stop a 4 year losing streak in opening games, being outscored 164-77.  It surely will not be easy as Cleveland Heights brings a high-powered offense to town with one of the stat's top QB/WR combos.  Cleveland Heights made the playoffs last year in Division I with a 4-5 record and gave eventual State Champion St. Edward its closest game of the playoffs.  Returning for the Tigers are quarterback Reggie Harris (6-1, 185) and WR Jaylen Harris (6-5, 210).  Jaylen Harris is one of the top prospects in the state, with several major college scholarship offers.  His combination of speed, agility and size is rarely seen at the high school level.  He truly is a player that can take over a game single-handedly.  The offensive line is led by senior tackle Adrian Hardges (6-5, 290) and senior guard Quinton Watts (5-10, 235).

The Tiger defense is quick and athletic, with the returning linebackers often disrupting running lanes as well as collapsing the pocket.   The Tiger defense created numerous turnovers and are quick to jump pass routes.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. 

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