The Cardinal Mooney Cougars suffered their first district loss of the season Friday night as they fell 42-14 to Clearwater Central Catholic. The offensive woes that have plagued the Cougars (2-7) all season proved to be their downfall with a district championship on the line.
Cardinal Mooney committed four turnovers in the first half as they managed only three yards of offense. Three fumbles, all recovered by the Marauders, and an interception by junior star C.J. Cotman consistently gave the Marauders great field position. Clearwater Central Catholic's offense (10-0) took advantage racking up 42 points before the half to secure the district championship and the first undefeated regular season in school history.
A running clock shortened the second half, but Cardinal Mooney was able to take advantage of its opportunities as the first and second team offense each scored a touchdown. Junior quarterback Tristian Hillerich led the team down the field on the first possession of the second half before running in for a four yard touchdown.
The second-team offense added a score of its own as Jake and Sam Koscho combined for 51 yards rushing including a seven yard touchdown rush from the freshman Sam.
Head Coach Drew Liscari, who declined to comment after the game, and his team will face off against Bayshore High next week in the last regular season game before starting the playoffs in two weeks.