Saturday Night Recap: Cardinal Mooney 37, Lemon Bay 7

By Josh Vitale, SunCoast Sports

at Cardinal Mooney

Lemon Bay's Dan Baldor (34) and Brayden Curry (9) attempt to tackle Cardinal Mooney running back Bryce Williams on Saturday. Sun photo by Michele Haskell

Lemon Bay’s Dan Baldor (34) and Brayden Curry (9) chase after Cardinal Mooney’s Bryce Williams on Saturday.
Sun photo by Michele Haskell

IN A NUTSHELL: Bryce Williams rushed for 257 yards on 12 carries and threw a 49-yard touchdown pass, and Sam Koscho added 142 yards and two scored on eight carries as Cardinal Mooney ran past a Lemon Bay team that won the teams’ regular-season matchup last season.

DID YOU SEE THAT: Lemon Bay kicker Summer Rusher, a star on the girls soccer team, made an extra point after the Manta Rays’ lone touchdown, but came up a few yards short on a 35-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Williams, who had already rushed for a 70-yard touchdown, found reciever Ryan Blechta for a 49-yard score on a halfback pass to put the Cougars ahead 28-7 late in the third quarter.

UNSUNG HERO: Hunter Weir. The slotback only received two touches, but he turned one of them into a 44-yard rushing touchdown — the only one Lemon Bay scored — and the other into a 28-yard reception from quarterback Hayden Wolff.

THEY SAID IT: “This spring game, I just wanted to find kids that play hard with great attitude. I think, for the most part, we found that. We just have to carry on that type of toughness.” — Lemon Bay coach D.J. Ogilvie

Lemon Bay             0     7      0      0 — 7
Cardinal Mooney     7     7     14     9 — 37
First quarter
CM – Bryce Williams 70 run (Ryan Blechta kick), 11:42
Second quarter
LB – Hunter Weir 44 run (Summer Rusher kick), 5:40
CM – Vinny Conetta 23 pass from Tristan Hillerich (Blechta kick), 2:26
Third quarter
CM – Sam Koscho 32 run (Blechta kick), 4:59
CM – Blechta 49 pass from Williams (Anthony Einhorn kick), 2:39
Fourth quarter
CM – Koscho 7 run (kick failed), 4:49
CM – Blechta 35 field goal, 0.0

                        LB           CM
First Downs       8             12

Rushes/yds       25-107     26-416

Passing yds      117          115

C-A-I                 8-21-1     10-14-0

Fumbles/lost      1-0          2-1

Penalties/yds     5-30        5-50

Individual stats

Rushing: Lemon Bay, Hunter Weir 1-44, Victor Mellor 8-33, Brayden Curry 4-10, Brenden Shuman 2-6, John Witters 1-5, Riley Ward 2-5, Logan Lydic 3-3, Hayden Wolff 4-1. Cardinal Mooney, Bryce Williams 12-257, Sam Koscho 8-142, Vinny Conetta 3-9, Tristan Hillerich 3-8.

Passing: Lemon Bay, Hayden Wolff 4-10-68-0, Victor Mellor 4-10-49-0, Logan Lydic 0-1-0-1. Cardinal Mooney, Tristan Hillerich 8-11-60-0, Bryce Williams 1-1-49-0, Gene Giardina 1-2-6-0.

Receiving: Lemon Bay, Brayden Curry 3-43, Alex Roberson 2-33, Hunter Weir 1-28, Dan Baldor 1-7, Logan Lydic 1-6. Cardinal Mooney, Ryan Blechta 3-55, Vinny Conetta 2-28, Tommy Onufrak 2-19, Sam Koscho 2-7, Rees Swin 1-6.

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