For the fifth time in six seasons, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney was playing in a state final when they took on Columbus DeSales at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. And for the seventh time in their tradition-rich football history, the Youngstown parochial power won a gridirion championship as they handily beat the Stallions 35-7. Braylon Heard rushed for 183 yards and two TDs, threw for another TD and picked off a pass to lead the way.
Mooney Captains: Alex Zordich – QB – Sr., Eric Franklin – OT – Sr, Joe Stoops – LB – Sr. and John Stoops – DB – Sr.
DeSales Captains: Evan Killilea – RB/LB – Sr., Nick Gentile – QB – Jr., Travis Jackson – DL/OL Sr. and Alex Vance – OL/DL – Sr.
Kyle McCarthy and Danny McCarthy
Adam Griffin – RB/DB – Sr.
Chris Rock – DE/TE – Jr.
Braylon Heard – RB/DB – Sr.
Ray Vinopal – RB/DB – Sr.
Mark Brandenstein – LB/FB – Sr.
Chuckie Gruber – LB – Sr.
Mark Pelini – C/DL – Sr.
Zach Larson – OG/DL – Sr.
Warren Ball – RB – Soph.
Ray Vinopal gets the corner…
…and he’s off…
…and 56 yards later…
…Vinopal gives Mooney a 7-0 with 1:11 left in the first quarter.
Chris DeChellis #41 – TE/DE – Jr. –
Chi Chi Ariguzo – LB – Sr.
Alex Zordich sneaks in from one yard out…
…and the A.J Fox – K/P – Jr. – extra points gave the Cardinals a 14-0 lead with 7:05 left before half time.
Sam Borghese – TE/LB – Jr.
Nick Hargate – TE/LB – Jr. – making one of two receptions in the game on this play.
And there goes Braylon Heard…
…and 53 yards later the Cardinals are up 28-0 with 8:23 left in the third period.
George Lyras #11 – DB/WR – Sr.
Donald D’Alesio – DB/WR – Sr. – makes an 8-yard touchdown catch from Braylon Heard on this play that put Mooney up 35-0 with 11:56 left in the fourth quarter.
Mike Rossi – DL/OL – Jr.
Braylon Heard picks off a pass on this play.
Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko is one of many Mooney coaches to get ice water thrown on him by the players as the game winded down.
Defensive coordinator Ron Stoops gets the cold treatment from his twin sons John and Joe.
Offensive line coach Brendan McCloud gets an ice bucket full from his linemen.
DeSales added a late 7-yard touchdown run to make it a 35-7 contest.
All seniors lined up for the final play as Zordich took the last snap and then the celebration began.
P.J. Fecko and Ryan Wiggins after the game’s end.
OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross about to present Mooney with a trophy for their school’s seventh state football championship.