YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s been twenty years since Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline have played each other in the high school football playoffs, but that streak may come to end this season.
Both the Cards and Irish will compete in Division V this year.
Their last postseason meeting happened back in 1995 when they were both Division IV teams… and before that in 1990, when they were both Division III
The two biggest rivals in our area, with a combined twelve state titles have only met twice in the playoffs.
Both head both coaches recently offered their thoughts about it. Both seem more concerned about other teams competing in Division V this season.
“What I look at right now is the team that beat us last year in Canton Central Catholic and then they got beat in the state championship game by Coldwater. So both Mooney and Ursuline should be more worried about Coldwater than each other,” Irish Head Coach Larry Kempe said. “Ya know if we have to play each other a second time then that’s OK too. To win, you’ve gotta play the best, you’ve gotta beat the best.
“We’re seeing some familiar faces that we saw, if you remember in ’04 and ’06 state championships, we were with this group, division wise with all these teams so you know I think everybody travels around back and forth. You know, we’ve gone in this division and above us, back and forth over the years. obviously some good teams there across the state,” Cardinals Head Coach P.J. Fecko added.
Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline will faceoff in the regular season on Friday October 23rd.