Lynch & Armstrong lead Mooney past Harding

Cardinal Mooney's Jack Lynch and Andrew Armstrong celebrate Thursday's 27-19 win over Warren Harding

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Cardinal Mooney held on to defeat Warren Harding 27-19 on a rainy night at YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium Thursday.

Mooney got on the board in the first quarter when Jaylen Hewlett plunged in from two yards out to give the Cards a 7-0 lead.

Jack Lynch made it 14-0 when he went head-over-heels into the endzone in the second quarter.

Lynn Bowden put Harding on the board just before halftime when he blasted his way into the endzone from a yard out.  Mooney held a 14-7 lead at the half.

Harding struck early in the third quarter, when Bowden connected with Marlin Richardson on a 52-yard touchdown pass.  The PAT was no-good, keeping Mooney ahead 14-13.

Mooney answered back when Lynch scampered in for a 10-yard touchdown.  Lynch finished with 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns.  He also completed 2-4 passes for 27 yards.

The Raiders drew closer in the fourth quarter when Bowden found Richardson a second time for a 20-yard touchdown pass, drawing Harding to within two.  But Lynn Bowden was stopped short of the goal-line on the two-point conversion attempt, keeping Mooney in front 21-19.

Bowden finished with 112 rushing yards.  He also completed 3-8 passes for 86 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns.

Shortly thereafter, Mooney drove down the field on a time-consuming drive, capping it off with a 2-yard touchdown run by Jaylen Hewlett.  The PAT was no-good, giving Harding one final chance.

Mooney’s defense forced a turnover-on-down, and then ran the clock out to seal the victory.

Ray Anderson led Mooney on the ground with 154 yards.  The Cardinals racked up 303 rushing yards as a team.

Andrew Armstrong finished with a pair of receptions and 37 yards.  Harding’s Marlin Richardson caught two touchdown passes for 72 yards.

The Cardinals improve to 4-3 on the season.  Mooney returns to action in week nine against arch-rival Ursuline.

Harding drops to 5-3 on the season.  The Raiders will visit Youngstown East in week nine.

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