Mooney fails to tame the Lions, season ends at 8-3

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – After Mooney scored on its opening drive, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin outscored the Cardinals 17-6 as the Lions advance to the Division IV Region 13 Final next week.

In a turn of events, at the end of the third quarter – Mooney’s Jaylen Hewlett had the ball stripped out of his grip and Ryan LeBanc for the Lions plunged in from three-yards out to give NDCL an 11-point advantage (17-6) as the clock read zeros. Then, with just over seven minutes to play – up by five (17-12), NDCL fumbled the ball away at their own 36-yard line. However, the Lions’ defense held the Cardinals from scoring to maintain their advantage with just under 4 minutes to play.

Mooney (8-3) had now won their previous four games in a row since their setback to Canisius (NY) five weeks ago (31-14).

The Lions’ season continues at 9-3. Entering last week, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin had only won one playoff game in school history. In week 11, they matched that feat by knocking off Crestwood on the road – 28-27. This week, they surpassed it.

Scoring Chart
Second Quarter
M – Ray Anderson, 4-yard TD run (11:13, M 6-0)
N – Gabe Brkic, 45-yard FG (8:12, M 6-3)
N – Zach Zienka, 1-yard TD catch from Charles Forbes (1:24, N 10-6)
Third Quarter
N – Ryan LeBanc, 3-yard fumble recovery returned for a TD (0:00, N 17-6)
Fourth Quarter
M – Patrick Pelini, 3-yard TD run (7:56, N 17-12)
Final Score: NDCL, 17-12

NDCL moves onto face the winner of Perry/Woodridge next Friday in the Division IV Region 13 Championship (site to be determined).