AKRON, OH- The Youngstown Ursuline Fighting Irish football team traveled down I-76 to Akron, to face their longtime rival, the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish. Ursuline entered this game at 2-7, with their second win coming one week ago at Stambaugh Stadium against their arch-nemesis, the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Cardinals.
Unfortunately for Ursuline, they were unable to carry the momentum into week 10, as SVSM would dominate from the get-go. SVSM protected home turf and grabbed a 27-7 victory over Ursuline. In this contest, SVSM running back, George Linberger, would eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season, while quarterback Luke Lindsey would continue to pad his passing record.
Ursuline’s lone touchdown came late in the 4th quarter when QB Brady Shannon found wide receiver Dean Boyd in the end zone for a high point grab.
Ursuline ends their season at 2-8. The victories came against the Youngstown Chaney Cowboys in a 27-26 thriller at home, while the second win came against Mooney in a 20-13 showstopper. Ursuline’s defeats came to the Cleveland Benedictine Bengals (52-26), Austintown Fitch Falcons (27-7), Mentor Lake Catholic Cougars (36-0), Youngstown East Golden Bears (28-27 2OT), Columbus Bishop Watterson Eagles (35-34), Boardman Spartans (34-19), and now SVSM.
Head coach Dan Reardon, in his year of return to the school he built a dynasty, will lose only six seniors. 2020 will see Ursuline return multiple talents, with the hopes of grabbing a winning record for the first time since 2015.
*Story contributed by YSN’s Dom Joseph