Photo Gallery : Mooney Vs. Benedictine

With a 5-0 record and coming off of a bye week, it was no surprise that Cardinal Mooney was able to defeat Benedictine so soundly even though the Bengals held a very brief 7-6 lead in the first quarter. Michael Zordich led the way for the Cardinals with stellar play on both sides of the ball, making numerous stops on defense and rushing for 90 yards on 8 carries with TD runs of 23 and 33 yards.

Photo Gallery : Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Vs. Cleveland Benedictine

Quarterback/safety Danny McCarthy, just a junior, already has a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

McCarthy and fellow junior Michael Zordich are two of the main cogs in the juggernaut that Cardinal Mooney has become.

Zordich, who plays fullback and linebacker, has yet to receive his first offer.

Brandon Beachum, because of nagging injuries has become the X-factor. If healthy down the stretch, and he looked like he finally is against Benedictine, Beachum adds a completely new dimension of speed and power to this already loaded Division IV team.

Beachum, at 6-1 and 220 pounds with a 4.62 second 40-yard dash, transferred to Mooney from Poland after last season.

But it's Zordich who seems to be the inspirational leader of the team, especially on defense.

And he's pretty good with the ball in his hands also. Against Benedictine he rushed for 90 yards on 8 carries and had touchdown runs of 23 and 33 yards.

Beachum finished the game with 84 yards on 13 carries of which one went for a 12-yard TD run.

Taylor Hill is another really good junior that nobody really talks aobut very much.

At 6-2 and 205 pounds, Hill is lightning fast off the edge and he defends the run very well.

Ishmaally Kitchen (6-3, 317) is a two-way tackle who is still hoping to add to his scholarship offer list.

Sophomore defensive lineman Johnny Simon (6-3, 250) is already making a name for himself.

Benedictine captains (L to R): Terry Schaefer, Kevin Conochan, Cory Pecoraro and Najee' Goode.

Mooney captains : Jack Zizzo, Kitchen, Zak Dietz and Nick Pederzolli.

Mooney cheerleaders

Junior Matt Lyden just missed Goode on this play to start the game off...

...but Hill cleaned up on the play.

Dom Scarnecchia returns this punt to give Mooney their first possession.

And a couple of plays later, Zordich rips off a nice run down to the eight yard line.

Jamelle Bowers finished the drive from three yards out on this play to give Mooney a 6-0 lead.

Sophomore running back Anthony Urbania had a quiet 186 yards on 30 carries but he did score one TD from 1-yard out that was set up by his 53-yard run on that same drive.

Benedictine was able to move the ball rather easily against Mooney on their second drive of the game...

...Benedictine responed quickly to Mooney's first score by going 77 yards on 14 plays against the Cardinals defense...

...getting it down to the one yard line before...

...Goode crashed in for the go-ahead score at 7-6 in the opening quarter.

But then Zordich busted free for another long run...

...and raced 33 yards for the score and a 12-7 Mooney lead.

Give Mooney's large offensive line credit for busting Zordich free. (L to R) Kitchen, Mike Madsen (going to Miami of Ohio), Dietz, Jarod Emerson (the only junior of the group) and Demetrius Fambro.

Sophomore running back Romel Dismuke ran for 63 yards on six carries.

Simon wrestles Dismuke to the ground on this play.

Beachum took the handoff from McCarthy on this play...

...and finished the run 12 yards later in the end zone for a TD that made it 18-7.

Zordich blew up Urbania on this running play.

Mooney's defense got very stingy...

...and shut Benedictine down in the middle part of the game both in the air on this pass to Sam Amidon...

...and on the ground as Goode struggles to makd good yardage on this play.

Then McCarthy started running...

...and running...

...and running some more. He ran for 130 yards on 13 carries for the game...

...that included this play from three yards out...

...that was good for a touchdown that gave Mooney a 25-7 lead at the half.

Mooney picked up right where they left off in the second half.

Zordich broke free on this run...

...and scored from 23 yards out on this play to make it 31-7 in the third period.

And that's when Beachum started pounding away on Benedictine.

Mooney rode Beachum all the way down the field...

...and rode him...

...and rode him...

...and rode him...

...and rode him until penalties erased another touchdown by Beachum and sent Mooney going in the other direction.

Urbania put together a good drive of his own to help Benedictine put a final touchdown on the board to provide the final margin 52-14.

Mooney's future was well represented by their freshman team at the including Alex Zordich (left) and Joey Stoops (center) along with another freshman teammate.

But Mooney's five top juniors are in a league of their own.

And Christian Hannah is a pretty good junior lineman for Benedictine also.

Simon, a sophomore, is certain to be a good one also.

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