Clash of Champions: St. Ignatius vs Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

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ST. IGNATIUS vs YOUNGSTOWN CARDINAL MOONEY

11-time State Champion, St. Ignatius opened its defense of its 2011 Division I title against reigning Division III Champion, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, which is looking for its ninth title in 2012.

But from the outset, the Wildcats dominated the second of two Charity Games at Cleveland Browns Stadium, winning in a rout, 31-7.

Led by first year starting quarterback Michael LaManna, St. Ignatius found the end zone on three of its first five possessions, and could have had a fourth touchdown before halftime, if not for an interception in the end zone by the Mooney defense. LaManna went 18-25 in is first start, for 219 yards with two touchdowns and that one interception.

When LaManna wasn’t connecting with open receivers, running back Timothy McVey was carrying the load for St. Ignatius. The senior racked up 155 total yards, 105 on the ground, and scored three touchdowns as the Wildcats offense completely overwhelmed the Cardinals defense.

It looked like St. Ignatius’ vaunted defense would keep Mooney off the scoreboard, before Mark Handel finally put the Cardinals on the board with a 47 yard touchdown run with just :07 left in the fourth quarter.

St. Ignatius (1-0) continues its daunting opening stretch next week when the Wildcats host Michigan powerhouse, Warren De La Salle at Byers Field on Saturday, September 1 at 3:00 pm.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (0-1) returns home next Friday, August 31, to host Mahoning County rival Boardman (1-0) at 7:00 pm. The Spartans are coming off a resounding 35-6 victory over Cleveland Benedictine (0-1) on Friday night.

For video highlights and photo galleries from this weekend’s season opening games, head over to the FOX-8 High School Football page.

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