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MOONEY’S MOVING ON

Cardinals will play for eighth state title against Springfield Shawnee next week

By John Bassetti

bassetti@vindy.com

UNIONTOWN

Via the longest routes, Cardinal Mooney is 51.5 miles from Alumni Field.

For a game with a state final appearance as a reward, the Cardinals traveled short, quick distances, overcoming a scoreless first half to defeat Chagrin Falls, 24-14, on Friday night in a Division III state football semifinal.

“We were able to get them off the field quick, even though they had the ball to start the third quarter,” Mooney coach P.J. Fecko said of his team’s response to a 7-0 first-half deficit.

“We were able to come up with some points in a hurry,” he said of Carmen Lanzo’s blocked punt that set up a touchdown and Marcus McWilson’s interception return for a TD within one minutes, 13 seconds of each other.

“That [blocked punt] gave us field position and then we had the interception for a touchdown,” Fecko said before adding that Ryan Farragher’s TD catch of a P.J. Quinn pass that covered 55 yards came about one minute, 30 seconds later.

“They were overplaying in there, so we figured we could flip it out there and it worked out,” the coach said of the Quinn-to-Farragher aerial.

It all showed that Mooney was going for the kill.

“You’ve got to get points on the board,” Fecko said. “But give Chagrin Falls a lot of credit. I think they played well all year and they were an excellent football team that played well tonight.”

Although Mooney’s offense showed up the second half, its defense was holding its own the whole 48 minutes.

“Defensively, we played solid all night,” Fecko said. “We turned the ball over on the 35 [which was then returned to the 8]. But defense was the key for us tonight; they battled and came up with play after play.”

Unable to produce much from its running backs in the first half, the Cardinals put Quinn’s legs to work and used Roosevelt Griffin, Marcus McWilson and Justus-Ellis Moore primarily as blocking backs.

“P.J.’s run the ball well all year and he was able to break some things open and get us some yards,” said Fecko.

Quinn had 17 carries for 129 yards.

Chagrin Falls got on the board first after the Tigers recovered a fumble at Mooney’s 35-yard line and returned it to the 8. Two plays after the turnover, Bradley Munday caught a 5-yard TD pass from Tommy Iammarino. Alex Hallwachs’ extra-point kick gave Chagrin Falls a 7-0 lead with 6:58 remaining in the second quarter.

The Cardinals started strong in the third quarter after Carmen Lanzo blocked Anthony DeCamillo’s punt. Mooney took control at Chagrin Falls’ 32-yard line and after two plays, Quinn, who appeared to be back to pass, saw daylight on the ground and scooted up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown run. Conor Durina’s PAT tied the game 7-7 with 9:50 to go in the third quarter.

Chagrin Falls had a good kickoff return to its 41, but, three plays later, Iammarino’s pass was bobbled by DeCamillo and the ball was tipped into the hands of a McWilson, who ran it back for a TD at 8:37. Durina’s kick gave the Cards a 14-7 lead.

After a Tigers punt, Mooney regained possession at its 45. On the first play, Quinn launched a pass to Farragher, who collected the ball in stride. Durina’s kick put the Cards ahead, 21-7, with 7:03 left in the third quarter.

Chagrin Falls came right back with a four-play drive that was capped by Bily Cale’s 41-yard touchdown run with 5:52 left in the third quarter. Alex Hallwachs’ kick pulled the Tigers within 21-14.

But, in the fourth quarter, Durina’s 18-yard field goal with 2:45 left finalized the scoring.


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(336 comments)

Best team money can buy. CONGRATULATIONS!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(860 comments)

Oh lets let the '''hating'' begin !!! So sad jealous people just can't be happy for a team they never were a part of.
Go Cards.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(7 comments)

When will Ohio create a separate conference just for private schools that recruit from all over the state? Fair is fair.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(11 comments)

There are public schools in the area that have open enrollment! So, why aren't they playing for a state championship? I'll tell you why-----Parents do not want to send their children to those schools. Mooney is a great school with administration and faculty that care! So, to all you haters out there---WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE MOONEY FAMILY!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(25 comments)

Why is it people cannot just be happy for all the hard work these young men did to get to the state championship? They were the ones on the field playing and they, along with their coaches, deserve to be congratulated. I am so sick and tired of hearing how Mooney and Ursuline recruit. It is getting OLD! It is a shame that people cannot even say something nice when teenagers are doing something positive. A simple congratualtions and good luck is all that needs to be said. Congratulations Mooney! We are MOONEY! So proud of you all. CMHS c/o 84.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(860 comments)

Well said Mooney Grads. Haters are Losers with a capital ''L''
Proud of our Valley.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(259 comments)

We are thankful that Mooney is able to recruit, without this there would be nothing to be happy about in the Valley. Go Mooney, keep recruiting!!!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(519 comments)

Why all the hate,you people are the true losers and have no class.

Great job Mooney,Good Luck !

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(174 comments)

Congratz to the student-athletes at Mooney for your accomplishments thus far. The majority of Valley residents are pulling for you to bring another title to the area. You are winners and truly the best from the Y-town area. Let the whining minority whine, that's what losers do.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(129 comments)

Congratulations to all the young men on Mooney's team. Good luck next week!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(175 comments)

I am by know means a MOONEY fan, in fact I always root against them, but I am happy for the Valley we may have two teams after tonight in the state finals. The man who wanted to know why there are not to championships Public and Parochial, that has been voted dpwn many times including this year. Open enrollment is rapid out there but yet no area public schools are making it to the state, many communities have large school systems and once again no play off teams, perhaps we could learn a lesson on why some private schools do so well, try Discipline,Tough Schedules(Howland was undefeated all season but a very week schedule and they went down in the first round) Commitment to the school and their fans and much more so lets not belittle Mooney but learn from them and other non public schools. Remember Maurice Clarett, a recruit to Harding guess what no titles! Why does the valley continue to do so poorly because we much rather belittle success than try to emulate it, as I said I am the farthest thing from a Mooney fan, but the best of luck to you and Western Reserve!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(9 comments)

Name one kid on Mooney's team that was recruited. I want to know which players were recruited that make us so good.

Fact: 98% of the starters come from the local catholic school system.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(9 comments)

Everyone who scored last night or made a big play from the article

Quinn - BCC
Farragher - Holy Family
Lanzo - St. Charles
McWilson - St Luke/St Charles
Durina - Holy Family

man they must have recruited these kids as kindergartners because they knew when they were in high school they would have won them a birth to the State Championship game. Get your facts straight before you haters comment.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1 comment)

It's just such a coincidence that the Mooney line just so happens to outweight everyone they've played by 30+ pounds...they're fortunate that all those kids just decided to go there. Frankly, after seeing the two teams up close, hats off to Chagrin for a stellar performance against such overwhelming odds! Mooney should have beaten them by at least four touchdowns...really not that much to celebrate

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(860 comments)

Like I said----Haters are LOSERS===with a capital '''L'''
Congrats to a great team. Go Cards.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1093 comments)

I am by no means a Mooney fan. I am a proud graduate of the team that beat them 25-21 in week 9. Go Ursuline!

Anyways people that accuse us of recruiting and cheating don't know what the heck they are talking about. They post these lies year after year to try to degrade the success of our two schools. They think all we care about is football.

Ignore the multiple championships in other sports and the success in the arts as well.

Oh yeah and ignore the 99% graduation rates and the test scores that are better than EVERY SINGLE PUBLIC SCHOOL in the Mahoning Valley.

Just go ahead and IGNORE those FACTS.

Ursuline/Mooney. The class on the field, on the stage, and most importantly: in the classroom!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1336 comments)

Either the catholic schools have their own league and championships or at least play at the division I level regardless of enrollment. They recruit from all over then go beat small country communities for state championships and somehow feel good about it.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(9 comments)

so toycannon, you are accusing of Holy Family, St. Charles, BCC, St Christine, St Nicks, St. Rose, St Pats, and any other catholic elementary schools of recruiting kindergarteners, since that is where 98% of the students at Ursuline and Mooney come from?

Oh and why does JFK never win state championships if they recruit from all over? They are a catholic school in this area as well remember

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1336 comments)

gatek, you just don't understand it. Those schools you have named are from many different communities around Ytown. They all funnel in to basically two catholice schools in Ytown. Small country scholls get their students from right there in that one small community. Hey if you are happy playing big schools all season and then going and beating up the little guys and saying you are state champs, do it. But it has to be an empty feeling really to be state champs of such a small division. And it really isn't fair to those small country communities.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(7 comments)

toycannon, The Catholic elementary schools are located in different communties because our Parishes serve each township/city. My children have the option to attend our local public school, so far three chose to continue their education in an enviroment that drives on Disipline, Sanctity and Scholarship. My son is on this team and has worked very hard to acheive this honor. As an adult I am appalled with this "Valley" and the attitude taken towards KIDS! I moved here 11 years ago and I am counting the years (Five) until I can move away from the immature people in this area. We as parents chose Catholic Schools for our children from the start and would do it all over again. By the way my spouse and I are products of the Ohio public schools from a different county. We should celebrate our youth, encourage them to continue their education and return/remain here to ensure the future of Northeast Ohio. And for all the people who live in small country communities you need to apoligize, how dare you diminish the abilities of those kids! Chagrin Falls and Stuebenville are not "small country communities" and while your at it. you need to apoligize to Niles, Hubbard, Poland, Salem, Struthers and West Branch....members of "such a small division"

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(9 comments)

toycannon and every other person complaining about recruitment, I hope you realize that Beaver Local, Columbiana, Crestview, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Leetonia, Lisbon, Salem, Southern, Wellsville, United, Jackson Milton, Loweville, Struthers, West Branch, Western Reserve, Brookfield, Girard, Howland, Hubbard, Labrae, Lakeview, Liberty, Matthews, McDonald, Warren Harding, and Niles are all open enrollment schools. So let me know how your argument works here....

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1336 comments)

BHS, you are on a totally different subject. I haven't diminished the small schools. I feel bad they have to play a catholic school who has boys from all over the place but they all live in their smaller community but have to play against stacked competition. We are talking sports and you get off on education differences. Gate, Mooney plays with boys from all over the place. You have proved it. It's not apples to apples. At least play division I opponents and then maybe you can be proud to win a championship. Open enrollment isn't even close to what we are talking about. But again, if you are satisfied with a small school state championship then that's o.k.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(19 comments)

gatek, you are absolutely correct! All of those schools have open enrollment. But too many of the kids don't want to go there. The problem is that a lot of the best football players in the area WANT to go to Mooney and Ursuline. If they want to call it "recruiting" when a kid chooses 1 school over another, so be it. Seriously, "recruiting"? What, a phone call from a coach? And by the way, notice how well Howland has done lately? Want to know why? They have a good coach, who is building a winning program, and that program is attracting more and more players every year! ANY school can do it.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(19 comments)

Also gatek, you are correct in stating that the vast majority of kids that go to the Catholic schools do so from kindergarten on. Their parents decide to send them to Mooney/Ursuline before they even begin school. The kids go where they and their parents want. "Recruiting" really isn't necessary.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(9 comments)

toycannon, Why do you criticize Mooney for playing in D3? Go complain to the OHSAA, they are the ones who put us in D3, it was not Mooney's choice. And how is D3 small country schools? D5 and D6 I can see, but D3 along the ranks of Steubenville and Poland, I don't think so.

Also, kids WANT to attend Mooney/Ursuline because we win and have a great education. If Jackson-Milton wins 3 state championships in a row, I bet we see kids wanting to play there. You really think the coaches call players and offer them money to play for us?

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1 comment)

Hey, remember people, where kids live depends on what their parents can afford to pay for their house. Property values determine school populations. Attendance at private schools also depends on what parents can afford. Duh

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(7 comments)

Good Luck to the Cardinal Mooney football team! It has been an honor to watch you grow into the fine young men that are! Your commitment to acedemics and athletics will carry you far in life. Let's hit the field Friday and play MOONEY FOOTBALL and remember we are cheering for YOU!
We are for Mooney and against no one!
WE ARE MOONEY!!!!!!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1336 comments)

You're right gatek, it's the OHSAA who makes these divisions. But there is no way you can get much satisfaction from beating the small schools when you want to compete against Boardman, Fitch, and the rest of the big boys from around the state. Has to be like " Oh well, were DIII champs, big deal". Has to leave you feeling kind of wanting more. But that's not your fault.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(7 comments)

toycanno, Your bizzare! We did play Boardman (Freshman, JV & Varsity) early September 2011. As for the rest of the "big boys" we would welcome the match-up if theyr'e game. And YES WE ARE DIV III STATE CHAMPIONS 8TH TIME STATE CHAMPS!!!!!
We are MOONEY! Go Cards!

posted 2 years, 7 months ago

(1 comment)

It's real funny how the teams with the most state football championships are Catholic (Ignatious-11, Newark Catholic-8, Mooney-8, Moeller-7, Benedictine-6, Delphos St. John's-6, St. Henry-6. Year in and Year out they are tough. You don't have that at the Public Schools. What are you going to get with open enrollment, maybe a few kids coming to your school, not pulling kids from 20+ different schools in the area. I hear guys on 570AM joking about the "University of Cardinal Mooney". Now why would Youngstown people be joking about this, unless they know it's true. Gate K: Alot of the schools you mention border one another example Beaver Local and East Liverpool. You might get a few kids who open enroll, and not all of them if any play sports. You don't get kids clear across the county coming to these schools. I know for a fact Mooney has kids from Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana County playing, theres probably more counties but thats all I know. So tell me if these small universities "Catholic Schools" have a ping pong team, and if there were a state championship, your teams would probably be dominated by Chinese players no doubt. Mooney is fortunate to get the call against Steubenville where the player held the ball and moved Mooney 15 yards closer for the last second win.

posted 2 years, 7 months ago


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