Cardinal Mooney, Class of 2008
Wide Receiver, 5-10, 175, Sr.
Older Husker fans will remember Bernie Kosar, the redshirted freshman quarterback who directed Miami’s 31-30 upset of Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl game and went on to play a dozen seasons in the NFL. Kosar was a graduate of Boardman (Ohio) High School.
Boardman is just south of Youngstown, Ohio, and if Tim Marlowe hadn’t gone to Youngstown’s Cardinal Mooney High School, he would have gone to Boardman High, “the biggest school in the area,” said Marlowe. “But my mom was Cardinal (Mooney) through and through, and I knew from the moment I was 5-years-old I was going to Mooney. I went to every football game, every basketball game, every baseball game. I was a diehard. My mom just brought me up that way.”
His mom was a Mooney graduate and though his dad wasn’t, “he still supported them,” Marlowe said. “I knew where I was going.”
Marlowe was a member of Bo Pelini’s first recruiting class, as well as the first football player from Ohio to commit to Nebraska in 10 years. His senior year, the Cardinals were 14-1 and Division IV runners-up after going 15-0 and winning a state championship his junior year.
HV: What school was your major rival?
Marlowe: We had a crosstown Catholic rival called Ursaline High School. That was a big one every year. We’ve been playing since the 50s, every single year. It’s called the “Holy War,” the “Holy War Youngstown,” so that always brought about 15,000 people to Stambaugh Stadium at Youngstown State University. That was a real big game. When I was in school, we didn’t play Boardman. There was some, I don’t know, bad vibes; a lot of fights would happen. So we didn’t get to play Boardman, but they were also a big rival.
HV: Cardinal Mooney could play Boardman High even though it has a much larger enrollment?
Marlowe: Back in Ohio you don’t have to play within your division, so our regular season is against schools that are 4,000 kids. We played all the big Cleveland schools, Columbus schools, Cincinnati schools, so it’s really a lot of fun. When the playoffs come, you go back, so we’re Division III. We would be like C-1 in Nebraska. Class III is the third-biggest class. We’re kind of back and forth between III and IV, depending on how many boys we have. Like I said, during the regular season we play the biggest schools so then when we get in the playoffs, it’s almost easier for us. We prepare ourselves with great competition.
HV: What was the best part about attending Cardinal Mooney?
Marlowe: I would say just playing at such a great football program, with great coaches. Ronnie Stoops was our d-coordinator. You know, his younger brothers are Bobby, Mike and Mark, so just having a guy like that coaching you and just playing against that great competition . . . every year our schedule was loaded with big Division I powers. And just getting to play in big stadiums. We played at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, playing Massillon, Ohio, playing in Cleveland Browns Stadium, places like that, big venues with big teams. It really almost prepared me for college a little bit before I even got here because we did play in some big games, obviously nothing like Memorial Stadium or the Horseshoe. But playing in some big environments in high school definitely helped the transition.
HV: What was your most memorable game?
Marlowe: Probably the regional final my senior year. It was my first game starting at quarterback. My best friend broke two vertebrae in his neck. He plays at Notre Dame now, Danny McCarthy. He was our starting quarterback, and I played receiver, but I had to move to quarterback. We were playing Steubenville, a power in Ohio, and they were on a 42-game win streak, back-to-back champs in their division. We were on a 28-game winning streak. We played them at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. I played quarterback and scored three touchdowns. I’d say that was my favorite game. We were up 35-0 at halftime. We stuck it to ‘em.
HV: Did you know about Bo Pelini at Cardinal Mooney, who he was when you were recruited?
Marlowe: I’ve known Bo my whole life. My mom is related to Bo’s wife. Our families have been together for a long time, so I kept track of Bo through the years, where he’s been coaching. I got to see a game out in New England when he was there. I knew about Bo. We all did. Mooney’s kind of a place like Nebraska; they’re always talking about the past, always talking about the legends that played before us, and there’s always some great Bo stories we’d hear. We used to hear when he played quarterback in ’86. At Mooney, we run about four plays: power right, power left, option right, option left. Bo used to tell the opposing linebackers the play every time. He’d say, “We’re going to run power right.” And they couldn’t do a thing about it. So yes, we’ve heard some stories about Bo and how hard-nosed he was. He’s legendary back home.
HV: So Cardinal Mooney inspires loyalty among graduates?
Marlowe: Great fan support; like my mom, once you send your kid there, that’s the only thing you can think about, you know. I love it out here in Nebraska; I don’t know if I’m going to live here when I’m done. But I know by the time my kids are getting ready for high school, there’s only one high school they’re going to, and that’s Mooney. That’s just kind of the way it is for us Mooney guys. We just want to send our kids there.
Cardinal Mooney High School
Location: 2545 Erie Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44507
Enrollment: (est.) 600
Colors: Red & Gold
State Championships, Football: (1973, 1980, 1982, 1987, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011)
Cardinal Mooney opened its doors in 1956. It was named for Cardinal Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit. The school motto is: Sanctity, Scholarship and Discipline.
In addition to eight state football championships, Cardinal Mooney has been runner-up three times. The Cardinals have reached the state semifinals 15 times, total. Their all-time playoff record is 56-17.
HUSKERS’ MOONEY CONNECTION
Coach Bo Pelini is a Cardinal Mooney graduate, as are offensive coordinator Tim Beck, offensive graduate assistant Vince Marrow, sophomore running back-defensive back Braylon Heard and sophomore center Mark Pelini. So is former Husker defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, now the head coach at Florida Atlantic. The Cardinals were 15-0 and state Division III champions when Heard and Mark Pelini were seniors in 2009. Heard rushed for 1,973 yards and 24 touchdowns that season. In addition, two commitments in the Huskers’ 2013 recruiting class are at Mooney: athlete-defensive back Marcus McWilson and linebacker Courtney Love.
OTHER WELL-KNOWN CARDINALS
Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops is a Mooney graduate as are his coaching brothers: Mark Stoops, Mike Stoops and Ron Stoops, Jr. Their father, Ron Stoops, Sr. was the long-time defensive coordinator at Cardinal Mooney High School. Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was a Mooney Cardinal as well.
With a title borrowed from a Beach Boys’ song, BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL is a regular feature on HailVarsity.com, focusing primarily on current Huskers and the high schools from which they came. Read previous entries in the series here.