By Jim Flick
By halftime, Ray Vinopal and Karrington Griffin had passed the 100-yard mark.
YOUNGSTOWN — It wasn’t a shutout, but the Cardinals Mooney High football team captured its second straight decisive win Friday night, blasting visiting Elyria Catholic 59-14 at Stambaugh Stadium.
“I was pleased with the way our guys came out and controlled the game from the start,” said Mooney coach P.J. Fecko.
“As time progressed, we were growing more efficient and more confident.
The No. 1 accomplishment is getting the win.”
Fecko said he was happy with his team’s performance, and not just the one-sided score.
The Cardinals (2-1) led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, 14-0 at halftime and 52-0 at the end of three quarter.
The early lead allowed him to give backup players playing time that will help prepare the team for future games, Fecko added.
“The more guys that can get some experience the better we’ll be.”
After winning the toss and fielding the opening kickoff, the Cardinals (2-1) drove 66 yards in seven plays.
Fullback Mark Brandenstein dove in from 1 yard out.
Mooney scored two more first quarter touchdowns on a pair of one-play drives.
One the first offensive play after a punt by Elyria Catholic (2-1), halfback Ray Vinopal raced 73 yards into the end zone.
After the Cardinals forced another Elyria punt, Mooney halfback Braylon Heard dashed 45 yards to score on the first offensive snap.
Mooney scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter.
Cardinals tight end John Simon caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Zordich, Justin Leonelli snagged a 15-yard touchdown pass from Zordich, and running back Karrington Griffin scored on a 24-yard run.
By halftime, both Vinopal and Griffin had passed the 100-yard mark, with Griffin gaining 131 yards on seven carries, and Vinopal carrying the ball five times for 106 yards.
Neither played in the second half.
In the third quarter, Leonelli scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run. Leonelli gained 79 yards on four carries for Mooney, including a 60-yard run.
Ed Reese added some variety to Mooney’s scoring when he kicked a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Halfback Charlie Brown gained 77 yards on five fourth-quarter carries for the Cardinals, including a 55-yard jaunt into the end zone.
The Panthers scored twice in the fourth quarter against Mooney reserves to end the shutout.
Mooney’s more than doubled Elyria Catholic’s offensive numbers.
The Cardinals gained 529 yards Friday, compared to only 226 yards for the Panthers.
Ten running backs carried the ball for Mooney, gaining 458 yards on 33 carries.
Mooney also won the battle for turnovers, intercepting three Elyria Catholic passes, while giving up only one fumble.