Braylon Heard rushed for 298 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Cardinal Mooney to a 45-7 victory over Steubenville in a DIII State Semifinal matchup at Fawcett Stadium. The Mooney win advances them to the state final game and gives them a chance to finish 15-0…something never done at the tradition-rich history of their school.
Mooney Captains: Zach Larson – OL – Sr., Braylon Heard – RB/DB – Sr., Mark Pelini – OL – Sr. and Ray Vinopal – RB/DB – Sr.
Steubenville Captains: Jordan Banks – DE/OG – Sr., John Elder – DE/OG – Sr., Dwight Macon – QB/DB – Sr. and Jamey DeVaul – DE/C – Sr.
A.J. Fox – K/P – Jr.
Jo Jo Pierro – RB/LB – Soph.
Alex Zordich – QB – Sr.
Alex Zordich about to sneak in from four yards out on this play…
…for a touchdown and the first points of the game.
And the extra point by A.J. Fox gave Mooney an early first-quarter 7-0 lead.
Jordan Meyer (12) – WR/S – Jr.
Joe Stoops – LB – Sr.
Trey Wiggins – WR – Sr.
Anthony Pierro – WR/S – Jr.
Jesse Birden – RB/LB – Jr. – Scores from three yards out on this play
…and the extra point by Anthony Pierro ties the game at 7-7 with 10:43 left in the second quarter.
Eric Franklin – OL – Sr.
And there goes Braylon Heard…
…and 43 yards later, Braylon Heard scores to give Mooney a 14-7 second quarter lead.
Sage Cutri (84) – TE/DE – Sr.
And there goes Braylon…
…and 62 yards later, Braylon Heard scores again…
The extra point by Fox put Mooney up 21-7 with 6:36 left in the second quarter
And there goes Ray Vinopal…
…and 30 yards later, Ray Vinopal reaches pay dirt.
The A.J. Fox extra point put Mooney up 28-7 with 1:09 left in the second quarter.
An A.J. Fox field goal from 43 yards out gave Mooney a 31-7 lead with 6:24 left in the third period.
Clarence Scott (29) – DL – Jr., Mike Rossi (69) – DL – Jr.
And there goes Braylon…
…and 94 yards later, Braylon Heard gets in the end zone for the third time.
For the game, Braylon Heard rushed 22 times for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
Mark Brandenstein – LB/FB – Sr.
Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko inserts Ed Reese – QB/K – Sr. – into the game at QB.
Charlie Brown – RB – Jr.
Ed Reese gets the call from the one on this play…
…and crashes in from the one yard line for Mooney’s final score of the game.
…to give Mooney their final victory margin, 45-7.
Carmen Leonelli – RB – Jr.
West Virginia recruit Braylon Heard
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