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Ursuline rises over Heights

Published: Sat, November 21, 2009 @ 12:01 a.m.

The Fighting Irish turned up the pressure, scoring the last 33 points in a 47-28 victory.



AURORA — Trailing 28-14 to Cuyahoga Heights at halftime, Ursuline senior defensive back DeAndre Harris admitted that Redskins quarterback Zach D’Orazio’s skills had them quite concerned.

“We were kind of nervous but once we got into the locker room, the coaches left and let the players get together,” said Harris, a senior. “We decided we weren’t leaving with a loss so we came out fired up.”

The Irish were blazing in the second half, outscoring the Redskins 33-0 to cruise to a 47-28 victory and their third consecutive Division V Region 17 crown.

“I gave them two options — go hard or go home,” said Irish running back Allen Jones, a senior captain who rushed for 190 yards in the second half. “We just came out in the second half and played our butts off.”

After a stunning first half that saw the Redskins score on all of their first four possessions, the Irish stifled D’Orazio in the final two quarters. With the game on the line, the Redskins (12-1) rushed for just 34 yards and added just 12 yards through the air.

The Irish line pulverized the Redskins defense, rushing for 286 yards in the second half. Jones finished with 237 yards on 28 carries.

“It was a full-team effort in the second half,” Ursuline coach Dan Reardon said. “We made some adjustments defensively. Obviously. they were giving us fits in the first half.

“Fortunately, we had enough time to do what we needed to do offensively to overcome a two-score deficit,” Reardon said.

Down 14 points, the Irish (9-3) wasted little time seizing control of the game.

On their first possession of the third quarter, the Irish marched 60 yards on nine plays. Jones topped the drive with an 8-yard scoring run.

Then it was the Irish defenders’ turn as they forced the Redskins to go three-and-out for the first time.

D’Orazio’s sideline punt went out of bounds at the Cuyahoga Heights 45 and the Irish took advantage of the short field.

Seven plays later, Jones scored on a 6-yard run. The extra-point kick failed, keeping the Redskins ahead 28-27 midway through the third quarter.

“We’ve played with adversity all year long,” said Jones, referring to a 1-2 start. “We just came out focused on getting back into the game.

Our offensive line with Zach Conlan, Pete Wearsch, Dave Rossi, Greg DeMario and Joe West [took charge].”

Cuyahoga Heights’ one-point lead quickly evaporated after another three-and-out plus a poor punt.

This time, the Irish needed just two plays, with Akise Teague scoring on a 26-yard run against the tired, frustrated Redskins defenders.

The conversion pass failed, keeping the Irish lead at 33-28.

The Redskins, who outgained the Irish 304-158 in the first half, continued to struggle against the inspired Irish defense.

“We have 15 starters and Ursuline has a roster twice as big as ours,” linebacker/running back Zach Noernberg said. “We got worn down in the second half. We had nothing left in the tank.”

In the fourth quarter, Jones scored his fourth touchdown on a 40-yard run while quarterback Paul Kempe hit Dawalyn Harper with a 15-yard scoring pass to complete the rout.

“Our first half was kind of sloppy, but in the second half we picked it up,” Jones said.

Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin’s willingness to gamble paid big dividends in the first half.

On the Redskins’ first possession, the Irish prepared for a punt return on fourth and 3. But instead of punting, D’Orazio tossed the ball to Emerson Thacker for a 25-yard gain.

On fourth and 2, D’Orazio hit Noernberg for a 19-yard gain to the 2. Alex Torgerson scored on the next run for a 7-0 lead.

After three incomplete passes, the Redskins capitalized for their first of three 14-point leads. The key play on the 63-yard drive was D’Orazio breaking free for a 27-yard gain to the 8, with Chris Collins desperately hauling down the quarterback.

Two plays later, D’Orazio pitched the ball to Noernberg who sent a lame duck pass into the arms of Logan Matt in the end zone.

Using a no-huddle offense, the Irish responded with a 68-yard drive highlighted by Kempe’s screen pass to Teague for 24 yards. Kempe capped the drive with a 5-yard run to slice the Redskins’ advantage to 14-7.

The Redskins needed just three plays to restore their two-touchdown lead after D’Orazio broke loose for a 73-yard gain to set up Torgerson’s 5-yard touchdown.

“We had a lot of blitzes that we were running and they caught us a couple of times,” Reardon said.” We just adjusted the formations a little bit better in the second half.

“The bottom line is we played good option defense in the second half,” Reardon said.

D’Orazio rushed 20 times for 152 yards and passed for 120 yards.

Noernberg said the Redskins “knew that Ursuline was a second-half team and that’s what we talked about at halftime.

“We preached dealing with adversity, but it gets to you when you see a team almost scoring at will,” Noernberg said. “Emotionally and physically, we were worn down.”



1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

The best team a Catholic recruiting high school can buy. I for one say that the Catholic schools should have their own playoff system. The current one is not fair to the public schools who lose their best players to Mooney & Ursuline in the valley.

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2YianniMihali(4 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I hope that there will never be separate playoffs. This is the best system out there! I am a Campbell Memorial alum and we have lost players to both schools and it stinks but the system is very good and shouldn't be changed.

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3larrythewineguy(50 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Hey Union,
As I advised another parochial school naysayer...Why don't you contact Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow? I am sure you are a huge fan of their work and Keith and Rachel would work tirelessly with you to end such injustice that favors the evils of organized religion.

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4trbfn(1 comment)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

"I for one say that the Catholic schools should have their own playoff system."

Right, then we can have another for the open enrollment schools. The system is fine as it is.

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5valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Give me a break. Glenville is the epitome of a recruiting school. They get the best athletes in Cleveland to come to their school. That is not the case at Ursuline.

Listen, the more the Catholics win, the more folks like ObamaUnionLover4Ever get pissed!

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6saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Here we go again...something positive is happening for the Youngstown area and everyone from around here has to point out all the negative things about it. Why can't everyone be happy that this small city may possibly have two state championships. That's more than can be said for some of the larger cities in Ohio.

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7TheYOupNorth(6 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

No facts or statistics to support arguements. How can you suade or even support an arguement without facts? Hearsay and opinion will not win anywhere.
Fact - Beachum went from Youngstown - Boardman - Poland - Mooney school districts. So Poland was responsible for the same violations that u "claim" Mooney did. If you dont believe me Beachum's family was on the Youngstown school board for a number of years - cant be on a school board without living in that district!
Further the Volney/Eagle Heights kids... their schooling stops at 8th grade... who are we to say they would go to the public high schools? At that point they have the CHOICE where to go - Chaney/Mooney/Ursuline/etc.

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8terri1984(25 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Devildog, Mooney's band was bad way back in 1984 when I graduated. Nothing new there. They are not known for their band. I know, I played in the band. Their band is an embarrasement to whom, maybe you, but not the kids who are a part of it.

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9valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Mooney1993, stop your BS. First off you are not a Mooney fan. Secondly you cannot name a SINGLE player on Ursuline or Mooney's team that was recruited.

Please provide some names you BUM!

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10saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm not understanding how Ursuline and Mooney are cheating if the grand ole state of Ohio has set up the playoff system and the schools are just going by the rulebook. You are acting like the Ursuline and Mooney players are doping up in the locker room and bribing the refs. Take your anger out on the state, not the innocent kids that are just playing football for fun.

Or better yet, leave Ohio or just stop paying attention to high school sports!

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11inthegame1(2 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Way to go to Mooney and Ursuline!!! You both deserve your spots. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

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12terri1984(25 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

This nonsense can go on and on and on, Yes, Mooney is known for football, but they are also known for having a great speech team as well as college prep. Attending Mooney is a choice and a sacrifice that people are willing to make for their children. When I attended Mooney, Youngstown had 5 public high schools. My parents sent my brother and I there for a better education. I can tell you that the public education I received prior to Mooney was a joke.I struggled my first quarter at Mooney and that was after coming from a public school with 2 yrs of straight A's. I am female and therefore did not attend Mooney for it's football. However, my cousin was on the football team under the direction of Mr. Bucci. No, he was not recruited. I have had several male family members attend Mooney and play football and none were recruited. Let the kids play football. Support the valley teams be them private of public. If my alumni dollars go to a scholarship for a student to play football, so be it. If they are able to get a college scholarship for football even better. At least they will have an opportunity to further their education. I will always always support my Alma Mater irregardless of what division they are in. The education and the friends and experiences from my 4 years at Mooney helped develop me into the person I am today and for that I will be forever grateful.

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13Max(98 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Mooney1993 --
You are a fraud and joke as well buddy. Change your name.

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14pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Good for the Valley and our two teams.
I listened to the Mooney game and sounded very competitive to me. Ursuline was getting spanked till half time.

I suppose they should change the system though. I mean, hey, its all so unfair. I think that there should be seperate divisions based on income also. The poorest school districts cant get those kids to stay in thier schools. They all want to enroll at...Poland for example. All Private div....and all upper middle class div....and a lower class div.

Wait, and mabye an all rural div...and an inner city div...and a country div.

Congrats to both teams

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15pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps we should contact the NAACP or the ACLU and get thier edumacated thoughts on this issue

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16pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

And Terri, we need to address these other areas also...like the bands, speech teams, science club, chess club, ect...the lower income school districts are at a disadvantage in all areas, not just football.

Time to wake up people, we need to rid ourselves of all the private schools. I would never send my children to a school that might benefit them.

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17terri1984(25 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

pit_bull_marley, I do not understand your last sentence in your comment. "I would never send my children to a school that might benefit them."

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18pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

It was sarcasm...I agree with you

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19pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

TERRI...I egree with the comments you made. Others on here can be narrow minded and confused. Your comments make sence

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20terri1984(25 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

pit_bull_marley, it has been a long day. I thought it was sarcastic but not certain.Have a good evening and a Happy Thanksgiving.

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21TheYOupNorth(6 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Looks like its not gonna change so why dont we just all give it a rest and support the schools that are left! Go Cards

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22woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

VALLEYRED lets just for argument sake say you are right and Glenville recruits. Do they not play Division 1? How do they get all the best athletes in the Cleveland area yet St. Ignatius, St. Eds, Solon, Mentor etc have top notch teams every year? I dont care who Mooney or Ursuline gets Im from Pa and hope all local teams do well. That being said what I dont like is teams with 70-80 players playing in the playoffs against teams with half the amount of players.

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23pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Now Mooney1993, that means we need to evaluate ALL the different competative teams in these schools....speech teams may or may not be unfair, chess clubs may or may not be unfair, and so on.

What if your going to a private school for an improved education? What if your picking a public school for the education? Girard Elem is rated in the top 10 for academics. That would put that school at unfair advantage, cause kids choose to go there instead of in thier own district? So they have more to choose from, so they should be moved up 2 div because of it.

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24pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

No, I get it. Just saying, you guys are asking for changes that are for more complicated than just "bumping up" teams to a new div in athletics. Then they are also at an unfair advantage in academics, right?

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25pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Which in turn would mean Girard elem would be at an unfair advantage cause they would attract more kids from outside of the thier own school dist. How do we determine what is an "unfair" situation. Should schools that attract kids for other reasons be at fault for "cheating"? If it was as simple as you suggest, wouldnt it be done already? Perhaps you DONT want to see it.

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26pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

And DEVILDOG, you are correct, Ursuline and Mooney are better than most teams....Just as in collegiate sports, teams that are in hot climates attract more students(bigger market) making all aspects of the university better. Do we punish them? Should we classify them into a div that only involves other 'hot weather' teams?

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27Max(98 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago


You really need to get over your bitterness and hate, dude. Look back at all your posts and ranting -- what's the matter, didn't they "recruit" you and/or pay your tuition at Mooney? Jealous much? Seriously, you need to get over it and move on. I never saw anyone with so much animosity and hostility. It's gonna eat you up.

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28candystriper(575 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

It looks to me his only mistake was being charitable and temperate in his comments.

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29larrythewineguy(50 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

For Mooney1993 this sports issue is just a microcosm of his overarching philosophy that society should somehow be equitable in all regards. I am quite confident that Mooney1993 admires Marx, President Obama, Andy Stern, social justice and redistribution of wealth. It is best that Mooney1993’s rants are limited to abstract environments of the blogosphere and academe. Now if only the same were true of the current political environment in Washington D.C. Given enough time I am sure the socialist in our nation’s capital would take steps to correct this great miscarriage of justice in Ohio high school athletics. We need a national high school sports czar. Mooney1993 would be perfect for the job as almost every current Obama czar has absolutely no real world experience but lots of great ideas.

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30Ytown02(8 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

This Poland crowd continues to amaze me. When you speak of this recruiting, you don't think a good team at Mooney is going to attract people who's kids passion and life is based around football? For example: on a higher level, say Ohio State. They have been beating Michigan for the past decade almost, correct? Say your child has a full ride to both Ohio State and Michigan. Ohio State has produced more NFL type players and has dominated in the rivalry this past decade and has all in all been more successful. Chances are you will pick Ohio State based on those facts. Mooney has dominated in football this past decade. If you want your child (who plays football) to go to the better system for football based on winning and College recruiting for your child's future. Who are you going to choose based on statistics? Poland or Mooney? The "recruiting" sells itself. It is because Mooney's football program has been more successful than Poland's at this point in time. Mooney doesn't knock on your door saying, "Hi, we're from Mooney, we'd like to talk to your child." Come on now, don't be ridiculous. What's done is done.

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31justthefacts(18 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Correct me if I am wrong...Beachum's grandfather was on the Y-town school board. I do not believe his father was.

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321989GHSgradinFL(19 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Here we go again!! Mooney1993, just STFU!! I am so tired of seeing you post every day. Do you have a job?? Support the valley teams or just shut it!! Don't come on here crying and whining about "the system isn't fair". No one wants to sit here and debate the same old stuff week in and week out. Just save your posts and post them every week regarding basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, and every other high school sport. If you are so against the system now, why don't you run for an OHSAA director position?

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33pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Good one Larry, redisribute the wealth. Thats what it sounds like some people want...And yes, I would guess they were Dems/Liberals also.

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34pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Well put bag of dimes

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35WOT(16 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

First time poster, rarely a reader because of the nonsense that I see on here, however, I am fond of facts, so I needed to share a few.

First, in regard to Ursuline's roster size, Ursuline dresses and lists on their roster FRESHMEN, none of whom play varsity. This year that total is over 30 players. To compare Ursuline's roster size to that of other schools (most of whom do not include freshmen), you must account for this. Obviously,, nobody has.

Second, Daryll Clark (the Penn St. QB being targeted by one poster), did not go to Penn St. right out of high school because he did not get a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT. It was not grade related. Once at Penn State, he graduated in 3 1/2 years and is now working on his Masters Degree. Prrety impressive, I think.

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36Ytown02(8 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Drep. Mooney1993 you say Mooney plays an inferior schedule? Lets take a look at your schedule shall we? Thomas More from Canada?? Canada?Didn't even know there was high school football in Canada. Beaver Local who is respectable and hung in there with steubenville. Chaney? i dont know much about parma normandy but c'mon now. You should not talk about private school schedules before taking a look at your own.

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37pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago


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38tiuhs1975(1 comment)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

As a proud, Episcopalian, 1975 graduate of Ursuline (and 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University--so yes, I did stay home when many others chose to leave along with Sheet & Tube, et. al.), I find the bigoted comments of a neanderthal like Mooney 1993 to be nothing less than an appalling display of religious intolerance, and probably, given his obvious intellectual shortcomings, an eye into the manner in which he views racial minorities as well. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a 52 year old African American male who grew up living, for considerable periods of time, on both the North and South sides of Y-Town, so I both know and admire many individuals who graduated from Mooney, as well as my beloved alma mater. Clearly, based upon his single-minded determination to deprive many of Youngstown's best athletes of the opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, first rate athletic, AND ACADEMIC programs like the ones that have been the hallmark of Mooney and Ursuline for many years (Ursuline over a century), good ole boy 1993 lives in a state of denial. Sorry to clue you in to the realities of modern life in Northeastern Ohio '93, but long gone are the days when Youngstown's most talented athletes had options to showcase their gridiron skills at city schools like North, South, Chaney, Wilson, East, and Rayen. It's not the modern youth's fault that he or she doesn't have as many options to gain a quality education as I did. I could have attended Rayen and probably received nearly as good an education as I received at Ursuline, but my parents sacrificed to pay full boat for me to attend the home of the Fighting Irish. As a result, I had the opportunity to attend law school in California, where I have practiced for the past 18 1/2 years. Don't bemoan the fact that many of these young men's parents want to give them the same opportunities that I had in an ever-declining market. They deserve nothing less--and you should find a convenient hole to secret yourself away from the rest of us right-thinking people!

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39WOT(16 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Again, the facts are important....

You seem fixated on Pat Kerrigan. At least you should know that he graduated from Mooney, not Ursuline.

If facts mean anything to you, that is....

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40hellsbells(116 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Just to keep it honest here. While some families do make a $6,000 sacrifice to attend these parochial schools, football players are often not among these. Either are city families. The attorney above may not know that the Ohio taxpayer now provides tuition for city students who are accepted into Mooney or Ursuline as "voucher" students. This system frees up more alumni money for scholarships to players from suburbs.

A few things about these vouchers: the accepting schools get to choose which students to admit. It has been a factor in the further segregation of Youngstown schools. They were never in history as segregated as they are now. P. Ross Berry Middle School on the east side of town now has an incredible 97% economically disadvantaged population, 25% special education, and is almost exclusively minority.
Mooney and Ursuline require voucher students to pay at least $500. in tuition in addition to the voucher. This limits the chance that a truly impoverished child will attend. They also advise non-football playing students NOT to take the voucher, since the number of voucher students allowed in the state is limited.

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41larrythewineguy(50 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

A capitalist with a conscience and a sense of fair play you are truly an exemplary citizen. I would gladly engage you in a political discussion as I believe such a discussion would reveal the real basis for your religious intolerance. Is it an equitable system you truly desire or would you simply prefer the abolishment of organized religion and religious education? As a result of your inferiority complex you truly believe the parochial schools have a superiority complex. Yes, athletics are a big part of the identity of CMHS and UHS but your assertion that the viability and pride of these schools relies solely on athletics is patently absurd. You ignore the countless other facets that comprise the identity of these schools. You are so fixated on the supposed inequity of the sports tournament system you either ignorantly overlook or blatantly lie about the qualities of a parochial education. You are incapable of comprehending that the quality of education at CMHS or UHS depends on so much more than the post graduate degree of the educator. I abhor the concept of education as vocational training. Further and even more abhorrent is the concept that one cannot be smart, capable and sophisticated without a formal collegiate education. Admittedly I was a less than average student at CMHS yet my parochial experience academically and athletically prepared me to meet and overcome the challenges that awaited me in the real world.

As a parting thought I wish you would apply the energy and enthusiasm demonstrated here to change other real societal ills. I am sure such dedication to a cause larger than yourself would help with your serious lack of self-esteem.

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