2015 Cardinal Mooney Football Preview
Head Coach: P.J. Fecko, 16th season (132-55)
2014 Record: 6-5
5-Year Winning Percentage: 60.7%
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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 194.5
Passing Offense: 79.3
Total Offense: 273.8
Scoring Offense: 23.4 (35th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 18.7 (20th in Area)
2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: C.J. Amill – 719 yards, 5.4 ypc, 6 TDs
Passing: Jon Saadey – 872 yards, 45.7%, 7 TDs
Receiving: Jack Reider – 14 catches, 207 yards, 3 TDs
Interceptions: Andrew Armstrong – 4
Aug. 28 – Mount St. Joseph (MD), 7:30 pm
Sept. 4 – at Boardman, 7
Sept. 12 – at Akron North, 1
Sept. 18 – at St. Vincent-St. Mary, 7
Sept. 25 – Lake Catholic, 7:30
Oct. 2 – Erie McDowell (PA), 7:30
Oct. 15 – Warren Harding, 7:30
Oct. 23 – Ursuline, 7:30
Oct. 30 – Fitch, 7:30
Key Losses: Seventeen seniors are gone from last year’s group including Jon Saadey (872 passing yards, 638 rushing yards), C.J. Amill (719 rushing yards), Jack Reider (207 receiving yards, 3 TDs), K/P Zak Kennedy (34.7 punting average, 8/12 field goals), Julian Thomas, Roosevelt Cooper, Zach Dundics and all-district defensive player of the year and future Kentucky Wildcat Jordan Jones.
Key Returnees: Seniors Andrew Armstrong, Anthony Gill, Breyshon Lott, and Nick Maxin all are back. Armstrong put together a strong junior campaign which saw #12 play a key role on defense and also from his tight end position – hauling in 13 passes for 198 yards. Gill, among running backs, finished second on the Cardinals with 463 yards and a team-high 7 touchdowns. Lott snagged 6 passes for 64 stripes. Maxin will be looked upon to anchor the line in the wake of both Thomas and Dundics’ departure. Junior Ray Anderson is also back after intercepting a pair of passes and rushing for 126 yards on 35 totes on offense last fall.
Key Storyline: In 2014, coach Fecko’s bunch jumped out to a 4-1 start with wins over Buchtel (31-0) and St. Vincent-St. Mary (35-10) within the first month of the season. The Cardinals dropped four of their final six games which were all against teams who closed out the season with 8-wins or more. Once again, there are no gimmes on the schedule. How will Mooney look in 2015?
Strengths: Last year, Mooney forced 19 turnovers compared to just 10 giveaways. The Cardinals received a total of six interceptions from Andrew Armstrong (4) and Ray Anderson (2). Both return to a defense which allowed just 232 (231.5) yards per game. Senior linebacker Devon McNutt finished 2014 with 117 tackles. Much of that was to do with the seniors who were lining up on defense. However, the returnees are pretty special also.
Weaknesses: Losing a kicker like Zak Kennedy is a blow after a season which saw him connect on all 29 of his extra point attempts (53 points) and was able to pin the opponents’ inside of their twenty on 26% of his punts (13 of 51). Also losing a pair of all-district linemen (Thomas and Dundics) with the departure of your quarterback (Saadey), top rusher (Amill) and receiver (Reider) would have to be concerning.
Game to Watch: October 23 vs. Ursuline
…What were you expecting? It’s just one of the biggest games in the entire state all year. Last year, the Cardinals got the best of Ursuline (31-7).
Odds and Ends
Leading Rushers since 2010
2014: C.J. Amill, 719
2013: Mark Handel, 1353
2012: Justus Ellis-Moore, 831
2011: Roosevelt Griffin, 1514
2010: Charlie Brown, 1009
Leading Punters since 2010
2014: Zak Kennedy, 34.7
2013: Denver Martin, 42.9
2012: Marcus McWilson, 33.8
2011: Marcus McWilson, 39.4
2010: A.J. Fox, 46.9