Game of the Week: Hubbard vs. Mooney (11/4)

High School Football Game of the Week Hubbard vs Cardinal Mooney

2016 High School Football Game of the Week
Friday, November 4, 2016 on Fox Tape Delay at 11:30 pm (Replay on Saturday at 9 am on MyYTV)
Division 4 Region 13 Quarterfinal: Hubbard (8-2) at Cardinal Mooney (7-2)

Playoff History
Hubbard (8-2)
Playoff Appearances: 14
Playoff Record: 11-13
Regional Championships: None
State Championships: None

Mooney (7-2)
Playoff Appearances: 28
Playoff Record: 61-19
Regional Championships: 17 (1973, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
State Championships: 8 (1973, 1980, 1982, 1987, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011)

Last Meeting:
Nov. 13, 2009 – Mooney, 55-0*
*-Division III/Region 9 Semifinal
…Enroute to Mooney’s 7th state championship – the Cardinals shutout Hubbard, 55-0, at Mollenkopf Stadium in the second round of the Division III playoffs.

Hubbard’s Schedule
Hubbard 41 East 8
Hubbard 17 Poland 7
Struthers 20 Hubbard 14
Hubbard 48 Jefferson 21
Hubbard 35 Niles 21
Howland 20 Hubbard 0
Hubbard 47 Lakeview 10
Hubbard 51 Edgewood 13
Hubbard 30 Girard 16
Hubbard 20 Bay 0

Mooney’s Schedule
Mooney 7 Fitch 0
Mooney 13 Ursuline 9
Mooney 35 Harding 34
Canisius (NY) 31 Mooney 14
Mooney 42 Lake Catholic 12
Mooney 31 St. Vincent-St. Mary 16
Mooney 46 Akron North 0
Boardman 28 Mooney 26
Mooney 42 Cleveland Heights 6

Game Notes:
After missing the playoffs just once (2011) in the previous nine seasons (2006-2014), Hubbard was left out of the post-season last year. The Eagles are back in week eleven once again this year as they’ve grinded out close to 3,000-yards on the ground this season (2969). Hubbard has had four different occasions this year where they’ve topped the 350-rushing yard mark including their week 7 win over Jefferson which saw the Eagles run for 513 yards as a team.

Sophomore Ralph Morales has rushed for 1417 yards and 17 touchdowns while Tyrek Moorer (a junior) has gained 827 yards on the ground as well (9 TDs). On defense, Lukas Mosora has accumulated 129 tackles (79 solo) as David Hernandez has taken down the opposing quarterback 12 1/2 times.

Mooney is back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. The Cardinals have now advanced to week eleven 12 of the last 14 years.

In week ten, the Cardinals’ defense held Fitch scoreless and to 247 total yards of offense. Chris Gruber’s 30 yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the difference as Mooney finished the regular season with a 7-2 record.

2016 Rankings
Points Scored: Hubbard, 30.3; Mooney, 28.4
Points Allowed: Hubbard, 13.6; Mooney, 15.1

Coaches
Hubbard: Brian Hoffman, 9th season at Hubbard (87-27)
Mooney: P.J. Fecko, 17th season (143-62)