McDowell and Strong Vincent beware: St. Ignatius is as good as ever. The longtime Ohio power and defending Division I state champion opened its season Saturday night with a 31-7 victory over defending Division III state champion Cardinal Mooney at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Senior quarterback Michael LaManna passed for 225 yards and completed two first-quarter touchdown passes as St. Ignatius stormed to a 21-0 halftime lead. Tim McVey rushed 11 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns and had four receptions for 50 yards and a score.
Mooney avoided a shutout when Mark Handel scored on a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter.
St. Ignatius is an 11-time Ohio state champion, while Mooney is an eight-time state champ. McDowell will play St. Ignatius Sept. 21 at Gus Anderson Field and will visit Cardinal Mooney Oct. 12. Strong Vincent will host St. Ignatius Sept. 15.
In another Ohio score of interest to District 10 teams, Youngstown Ursuline rallied from an 18-0 halftime deficit to beat Youngstown East 41-24 Saturday. Cathedral Prep will host Ursuline Sept. 28 and Vincent will visit Ursuline Oct. 12.
Finally, St. Edward rolled to a 42-14 victory over another longtime Cleveland power, Glenville, Saturday. St. Edward, which forced five first-half turnovers, recovered from an early 14-7 deficit to score 35 unanswered points. St. Edward will visit McDowell Sept. 28.
McDowell fans can get an idea of what their team is up against this season by looking at this weekend’s scores. The Trojans will face the Cleveland area’s No. 1 (St. Ignatius), No. 3 (Mentor) and No. 4 (St. Edward) teams, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer poll. Those teams won their season openers by scores of 31-7, 33-13 and 42-14, respectively against quality competition.