YOUNGSTOWN, OH – It took nearly three quarters for the Ursuline Fighting Irish to crack the code on the Cardinal Mooney defense in the 2019 Youngstown “Holy War,” but after they solved the puzzle, the flood gates opened up. The Irish scored three consecutive times in a 20-13 victory over the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals on Friday night.
Cardinal Mooney got on the board first tonight on an eight-yard touchdown run from Zyere Rodgers in the first quarter with David Philibin adding the extra point. The score remained 7-0 at the half. Late in the third quarter, the Cards once again punched it in on the ground, this time from six yards out by Walt Sweeney. Ursuline then responded quickly as they got their offense rolling with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Brady Shannon to Matthew Reardon. Taylor Tomlinson added the extra point to cut the Mooney lead to 13-7, with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was all Irish as they controlled the ball and Trent Hill punched it in on the ground from one yard out with 7:45 to play. Another Tomlinson extra point gave the Irish the lead at 14-13. Ursuline then added another touchdown pass from Shannon to Reardon, this one coming from 28 yards out. That pushed the score to 20-13, where it would stay as a final score.
Ursuline was led through the air by Brady Shannon with 5 completions on 8 attempts for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Fighting Irish were led on the ground by Trent Hill with 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Ursuline’s top receiver was Matthew Reardon with 4 receptions for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Irish were led defensively by Dante Walker with 9 tackles, as well as, Zach Simon and Matt Phillips, both with 6 tackles each.
Cardinal Mooney was led through the air by Walt Sweeney with 5 completions on 9 attempts for 31 yards and one interception. The Cardinals were led on the ground by Zyere Rodgers with 20 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown, as well as, Walt Sweeney with 15 carries for 90 yards and one touchdown. Cardinal Mooney’s top receivers were Michael Pastella with 4 receptions for 22 yards, and Michael Scavina with 1 reception for 9 yards. receptions. The Cards were paced on defense by Andrew Armile with 5 tackles.
Cardinal Mooney will now begin their preparation for their week ten matchup against the Austintown Fitch Falcons at Stambaugh Stadium. The Ursuline Fighting Irish will be traveling in week ten as they will head to Akron to take on the Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish.