YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In a battle between bitter rivals who now share the same division and region, the Ursuline Irish proved to be too much for Cardinal Mooney, winning 28-6 and strengthening their hold on a spot in the post-season.
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In the first quarter, the Irish took the early lead when Kimauni Johnson broke through the Cardinal defense on the way to a 52 yard touchdown run, giving Ursuline the 7-0 lead.
PHOTOS: Ursuline 28, Mooney 6
On first and goal from the one-yard line, the Irish turned to Johnson again, who punched it in for his second touchdown of the game, giving the Irish the 14-0 lead with 4:28 remaining in the first half.
But, on their next possession, the Cardinals’ Jack Lynch connected with Andrew Armstrong on a 61 yard touchdown pass to shrink the Irish lead to 14-6 with 4:12 remaining in the half.
Regaining possession of the ball, the Irish needed only four plays to take it 76 yards for another score on a 13 yard touchdown run by Ty Spinks to push the lead back to two scores, 21-6.
With 2:58 remaining in the game the Irish sealed the game on a 10 yard Dakota Hobbs run that capped off an 11 play 64 yard drive.
The Irish would hold from there, winning their annual meeting with Mooney 28-6.
Ursuline (5-4) entered the game in fifth place in Division IV, Region 11and will travel next week to take on state power Akron St. Vincent St. Mary to wrap up their regular season.
Cardinal Mooney (4-4) entered the game in sixth place in Division IV, Region 11 and will wrap up the regular season when they host Austintown Fitch next week.
Ursuline – 303 yards
Cardinal Mooney – 163 yards
Jared Fabery, Ursuline – 4 for 4 for 66 yards and one interception
Jack Lynch, Cardinal Mooney – 2 for 8 for 80 yards and one touchdown
Kimauni Johnson, Ursuline – 16 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns
Ray Anderson, Cardinal Mooney – 9 carries for 38 yards