Ohio Mr. Football candidate Braylon Heard scored three rushing touchdowns and intercepted a late pass to help secure Mooney’s 24-7, DIII – Region 9 victory over neighboring Poland to win the Regional Championship last Friday. The win advances the Cardinals, 13-0, to the state semi-finals where they will take on their nemesis, Steubenville Big Red, for a chance to advance to the stat title game.
Mooney Captains: Donald D’Alesio – DB/WR – Sr., Zach Larson – OL/DL – Sr., Mark Brandenstein – LB/FB – Sr. and Braylon Heard – RB/DB – Sr.
Poland Captains: E.J. Kosec – SS/FB – Sr., Mike Day – LB/FB – Sr., David McLaughin – OT/DE – Sr., Brett Modic – DE/TE and Luke Wollet – RB/FS – Sr.
Ray Vinopal – RB/S – Sr.
Sam Congemi – OL – Sr.
Ron Stoops – Mooney Defensive Coordinator
Mark Pelini – OL/DL – Sr.
Tim Delesandro (11) – LB – Sr.
Eric Starr (76)- OL – Sr.
Braylon Heard takes off on this 21-yard touchdown run…
…and the point after by A.J. Fox – K – Sr., made it 7-0 with 8:24 left in the first quarter.
Nick Heitzel – RB/LB – Sr.
Colin Reardon – QB – Soph.
John Price – WR/S – Sr.
Darius Patton – WR/DB – Jr.
Colin Reardon was 12 of 22 for 110 yards and one touchdown.
Andy Bartos – TE/DE – Sr.
Darius Patton on the receiving end of this 22-yard pass from Colin Reardon with 11:06 left in the second quarter…
…and the point-after by Kyle Filicky tied it at 7-7.
Mike Rossi – DL/OL – Jr.
Alex Zordich – QB – Sr.
Eric Franklin – OL – Sr.
Braylon Heard, a top candidate for the state’s Mr. Football award, had 20 carries for 187 yards and three touchdowns for the game.
Nick Gemma (36) – TE – Jr.
Braylon Heard cuts back and then spins off a would-be tackler on this play good for a 18-yard touchdown run with 5:33 in the third quarter to give the Cardinals a 14-7 lead.
And Braylon Heard is off again on their next series for a 59-yard touchdown scamper with 4:24 left in the third quarter to give Poland a 21-7 lead.
John Price knocks away a potential interception by Donald D’Alesio on this play.
Braylon Heard is at again…this time he picks off a Colin Reardon that helps to set up…
…this 28-yard field goal by A.J. Fox that put Mooney up 24-7 with 8:02 left in the game.
A.J. Fox’s field goal from 28 yards made it 24-7 Mooney.
Jim Dobran – WR – Sr.
Poland head coach Mark Brungard
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