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.
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