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Western Reserve, Cardinal Mooney in state semis

November 25, 2013

The last time both Western Reserve and Cardinal Mooney reached Week 14 of the football season was 2011.

The results for both teams were vastly different.

Western Reserve came up short against Buckeye Central in a Division IV state semifinal, 22-21.

As for Cardinal Mooney, it was one more step en route to the school's eighth state championship. The Cardinals wrapped up a Division III title in Week 15 with a 21-14 victory over Shawnee.

This year, Western Reserve and Cardinal Mooney both have state title aspirations.

The Blue Devils (13-0), which flexed their muscles on defense in a 22-2 Division VII, Region 23 final at Medina, heads south to St. Clairsville Red Devil Stadium on Saturday to face Glouster Trimble (13-0) starting at 7 p.m.

Trimble High School is located north of Athens.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Mooney (9-4) faces a familiar opponent - Steubenville (9-4) Friday at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, starting at 7:30.

Cardinal Mooney and Steubenville have faced each other before in the postseason.

The Cardinals own a 7-3 record over Big Red in the playoffs. The first meeting was a 49-0 Cardinal Mooney victory in Austintown in 1981.

The first Steubenville victory was in 1995, a 27-21 overtime win in Bellaire - a town more than a half-hour south of Big Red territory. Steubenville beat the Cardinals at the same site the next season, 21-14

The two teams faced each other five straight times from 2007-11.

The last meeting between the two took place on Nov. 11, 2011 in a Division III, Region 11 semifinal at Fawcett Stadium.

Steubenville held on to a 16-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Cardinal Mooney rallied and won on a 30-yard field goal, 24-22.



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