Boardman and Cardinal Mooney High Schools will meet on the gridiron for the 39th time this Friday at Boardman Stadium, with both schools coming off losses in their opening games of the season.
Boardman dropped a 31-7 contest at Hillard-Darby, while Mooney lost to Imhotep Institute of Philadelphia, 49-21, at Stambaugh Stadium.
Hilliard Darby limited Boardman’s rushing game to just 58 yards on 21 tries, while the Panthers racked-up 188 yards in 19 runs on the Boardman defense.
Quarterback Darius Sanders paced Boardman, totaling 211 yards in total offense, including 175 through the air on 14 of 26 attempts. He scored Boardman’s loan touchdown of the game as time expired in the second quarter, on a 6-yard run.
Neither team scored in the second half.
In the Mooney game, Imhotep outgained the Cardinals, 351-156; and closed the game with a pair of defensive touchdowns. The game was 28-14 at the half.
Standout for the Cardinals was senior Mark Handel, who had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown, and a long run in the first quarter to set-up Mooney’s first touchdown of the season.
Mooney enters Friday’s game with a 23-15 advantage in the series; including wins the last five times the schools have faced each other.
Last season, Mooney claimed a 37-0 victory.