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.