The Watterson High School football team didn't need a victory over Youngstown Mooney on Saturday to advance to the Division II, Region 7 playoffs, but it likely would have desired a better showing in its regular-season finale.
After edging St. Charles 40-34 in five overtimes Oct. 17 to snap a three-game losing streak, the Eagles were stomped 28-0 by the Cardinals to close the regular season at 5-5.
Watterson, which has lost to four teams that qualified for the playoffs and a fifth that is 9-0 (Warren, Mich., De La Salle 17-13 on Oct. 11), opens the postseason Friday at DeSales -- the No. 1 team in the state poll and a team which beat the Eagles 21-17 on Oct. 3.
Mooney, which needed a win to advance to the Division IV playoffs, scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to break it openy. Karrington Griffin had 17 rushes for 122 yards and three touchdowns, Ray Vinopal had 59 yards rushing and Alex Zordich added 72 yards passing to lead the Cardinals.
Mooney held Watterson without a first down in thefirst half, a span in which it forced six punts. Eagles quarterback Pat Nester completed just two of 23 passes for 10 yards. Watterson was held to 101 yards of offense.
WATTERSON 0 0 0 0 -- 0
YOUNGSTOWN MOONEY 0 21 0 7 -- 28
YM--Heard 4 run (Reese kick)
YM--Griffin 3 run (Reese kick)
YM--Griffin 49 run (Reese kick)
YM--Griffin 5 run (Reese kick)