Mooney has senior-laden squad with the move up to D-III

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Mooney linemen Eric Vendemia and Eric Franklin

With a jump up to D-III this season, the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals will need to rely on a veteran group of players returning on offense and defense if they hope to have a chance to make a run deep into the playoffs this season.  After four consecutive years playing in the state title game, Mooney’s season ended a bit premature for their liking last season.  Here’s a look at some of their returning starters from their media day in pictures.


Photo Gallery: Cardinal Mooney High School – 2009


Alex Zordich – Quarterback – Sr.


Mark Brandenstein – Fullback/Linebacker – Sr.


Ray Vinopal – RB/DB – Sr.


Karrington Griffin – RB – Sr.


Braylon Heard – RB/DB – Sr.


Braylon Heard is a West Virginia commit.


Both Heard and Vinopal were members of Mooney’s D-II 4X100 State Championship relay team the past two years.


Eric Franklin – OL – Sr.


Zach Larson – OL – Sr.


Eric Vendemia – OL – Sr.


Mark Pelini – OL – Sr.


Vendemia and Franklin are the bookend tackles on the offensive line. – RB/DB – Sr.


Chuckie Gruber – LB – Sr.


John Stoops – WR/DB – Sr.


Joe Stoops – WR/LB – Sr.


Cardinal Mooney Coaching Staff – Head Coach P.J. Fecko – bottom row – center

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