YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Christian Lynch scored three touchdowns as Ursuline secured an undefeated regular season in a 35-16 victory over Steel Valley Conference rival Cardinal Mooney Friday night at Stambaugh Stadium.
The Irish move to a perfect 10-0 while Cardinal Mooney falls to 5-5.
Both teams will return to play next week in the playoffs, check WKBN.com Sunday afternoon for all of the playoff matchups. Ursuline entered Friday night ranked #1 in Division III, Region 9. Cardinal Mooney was ranked seventh in Division IV, Region 13.
The Irish jumped out to an early lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter with Lynch scoring on a short touchdown run. After a two-point conversion, Ursuline led 8-0. They would carry that same lead into the second quarter.
Cardinals QB Ashton O’Brien found William Desmond on the opening play of the second quarter, to cut the lead to one.
The Irish took a 15-10 lead into halftime.
Lynch would then add two more touchdowns to give the Irish a three score lead in the fourth quarter.
An O’Brien touchdown run closed the gap for Mooney to two scores with just over four minutes remaining in the game. But that would ultimately not be enough as a Cardinals’ comeback attempt with a minute left in the game would end with an Ursuline interception returned for a game-sealing touchdown.
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