Stoops: The early headlinesNewspaper excerpts from the Youngstown Vindicator of Bob Stoops' playing days at Cardinal Mooney High School:
1976 Mooney 22, Fitch 0 Cardinal Mooney took over sole possession of first place in the Steel Valley Conference football race by scoring an impressive 22-0 triumph over Fitch last night at South Stadium before some 8,000 fans. Coach Don Bucci's Cardinals, sparked by Bob Stoops' two touchdowns on passes from Jeff Bruno, notched their sixth straight victory and fourth in the loop. 1976 Mooney 34, Struthers 0 Alert play by junior Bob Stoops gave Mooney an added weapon. A two-way performer, Stoops intercepted two passes to stop two early Struthers' threats and caught a couple of tosses from Jeff Bruno, one covering 49 yards to paydirt. 1976 Mooney 14, Chaney 6 After a five-yard illegal-motion penalty, quarterback Bruno threw a pass 35 yards to Stoops, who raced 25 yards more to the first score, coming with 4:11 in the first quarter. 1977 Mooney 40, East Liverpool 6 Stoops' first scoring strike from Pakalnis, a 27-yarder, was set up by 22-yard punt return by Williams. In the third, Stoops ran back a Potter punt from Mooney's 39 to the host 45.
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