McWilson Does It Again

McWilson Does It Again

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney won the Ohio Division-III state championship last weekend by defeating Springfield Shawnee 21-14. Junior safety Marcus McWilson made the play that saved the game for the Cardinals, a trait that is becoming familiar to Mooney followers. Scout.com spoke to McWilson following the action.

There's a time-honored statement in sports that big-time players come up big in big games, and no player in Ohio fits that description better than Youngstown Cardinal Mooney's Marcus McWilson.

The junior safety was ultra-impressive last weekend in leading Mooney to their 8th state title, when they defeated Springfield Shawnee 21-14 to win the Division-III championship.

Much like he did two weeks earlier in a tight win over Steubenville, McWilson had a key interception against Shawnee that changed the momentum and helped give Mooney the state title.

"On that interception, I just read the play and broke on the football," McWilson stated. "Once I had the ball, I just tried to score and put us in position to go up two touchdowns. When the ball is in the air, I just feel like it belongs to me."

"I played both ways today and that's why we work so hard on conditioning at Mooney," he continued. "We will take a little break here and then get right back at it in the weight room, and trying to repeat as champions."

McWilson, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, has been drawing recruiting interest from BCS schools like Ohio State, Nebraska, West Virginia, Michigan State, and others. Currently, he has no scholarship offers.

"I'm hoping this brings some more interest, but I'm not worried about it just yet," he explained. "I've got another year to go to impress the college coaches, and this playoff film should be really good for me."

"My main concern was winning a state title for the seniors," he stressed. "I want to be known as a guy that looks to help his team win, and when you play for Mooney that's always the goal."

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