By Tom Williams
Lakewood St. Edward senior quarterback Ryan Fallon torched Cardinal Mooney’s struggling pass defense for five first-half touchdowns in the Eagles’ 54-14 romp Friday at Stambaugh Stadium.
Fallon tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game.
His main target, wide receiver Anthony Young, tied his own record with three touchdown receptions that gave the Eagles a 19-0 lead 13 minutes into the game.
In this week’s computer ratings, St. Edward (7-0) is third in Region 1. St. Edward also is third in this week’s poll of Ohio’s Division I teams.
Fallon, who completed 16 of 25 passes for 185 yards, said he didn’t know about the records until after he was lifted from the game in the fourth quarter.
Fallon scored the Eagles’ sixth touchdown on a 9-yard run. The seventh came when he handed the ball off to Dwayne Aaron for a 2-yard score.
“It’s not a big deal,” said Fallon of not setting a new record. “We won.”
The Cardinals’ hopes of defendng their Div. III crown took another big hit. In the Region 11 computer ratings, Mooney (2-4) is 14th this week. (The top eight teams qualify for the postseason).
The Cardinals’ remaining opponents are Erie McDowell, Ursuline and Austintown Fitch.
The Eagles’ third and fourth touchdowns followed a shanked punt to the Mooney 32 and a high snap on another punt try that saw Marcus McWilson stopped at the Mooney 20 after a scramble.
Trailing 26-0, Cardinals quarterback Jon Saadey led a 73-yard drive. Saadey completed two passes each to McWilson and Quincy Jones for 62 yards. Saadey capped the drive with a 2-yard score with 51 seconds left before halftime.
But Jack Walz’s 43-yard kick return to the Mooney 37 gave the Eagles another golden opportunity. Five plays later, Fallon hit D.J. Thomas for a 13-yard, backbreaking touchdown and 33-7 lead with 8 seconds remaining.
Although his offense is averaging almost 50 points per game, St. Edward head coach Rick Finotti said jumping out to the early 19-0 lead was “not expected.
“That’s a proud tradition,” Finotti said of Mooney (2-4). “You never come down to Youngstown and assume anything [will be easy]. “Every year we’ve played them, even the year we won the state championship, they were one of the top teams we played.
“It was nice, but it was [not] expected, Finotti said. “Right now, when we can involve Anthony Young and Dwayne Aaron, and Ryan on the run-and-pass combination, that’s where we’re a really good offensive football team.”