The “Holy War” featured two defending state champions who have played each other for 51 years. Ursuline Academy and Cardinal Mooney rolled into Stambaugh Stadium for a much anticipated rivalry game.
Ursuline’s scholarship winner is Michael Zappa, son of Michael and Monica Zappa. Michael is a three-year letterman and has been on two state championship teams. He is a member of the Student Council and serves as a Student Ambassador. He is also a member of Students of Stewardship. Michael plans to attend college and study engineering.
The recipient from Cardinal Mooney is Michael Rotar, son of Dan and Pat Rotar. Michael is a three-year varsity member of the football team and a three-year letterman in tennis. He is a commended National Merit Scholar and a member of the speech team and National Honor Society. He plans to pursue a college degree in biology.
Marques also played in the Rivalry game three years. He went on to play football and graduate from Miami University of Ohio. Marques accumulated 24 tackles and 3 sacks during his career against the cross-town rivals.
Bo personifies this rivalry in many ways. He is a six-time starter in Ursuline/Mooney games, three in football and three in basketball. His senior year, he led his team to victory 30-0 playing both quarterback and defensive end. He won All State honors and is the only Mooney athlete to play both football and basketball in Ohio’s North-South All Star Games. Bo went on to Ohio State, where he captained the Buckeyes his senior year and was named Academic All-American. He has coached for the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and the Green Bay Packers. His coaching career has featured success at every stop along the way. A Super Bowl ring and a national championship are part of his impressive resume. Today, Bo is head coach at the University of Nebraska, one of the nation’s leading college football programs. He is not able to be here today as the Huskers are playing tomorrow. His nieces and nephew accepted the award on Bo’s behalf.