No. 3 Archbishop Hoban defeats No. 21 St. Vincent-St. Mary 30-0 in annual rivalry game

AKRON, Ohio – No. 3 Archbishop Hoban had one of its best defensive performances of the season Friday night against No. 21 St. Vincent-St. Mary.

The two teams played their annual rivalry game at InfoCision Stadium, and the Knights defeated the Fighting Irish 30-0 to record their second shutout of the season. The game was part of the 2019 Great American Rivalry series, and Knights quarterback Shane Hamm received the MVP award.

The Knights’ defense didn’t let the Irish move downfield throughout the game, putting pressure on senior quarterback Luke Lindsay and the Irish’s offense.

“I think this is one of those, you know we play ‘em so much, this is one of those weeks, I think we know them very, very well,” Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell said. “And our scheme today was very, very well executed.”

Hoban scored three touchdowns in the first half, and one came early in the first quarter off a pass from junior quarterback Shane Hamm to senior tight end Caden Clark.

Along with Clark’s score, senior DeaMonte Trayanum scored two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter.

The offense wasn’t as productive in the second half, though, as the Fighting Irish cut off rushing lanes well. The lone touchdown in the second half came during the fourth quarter, when junior running back Victor Dawson ran for a touchdown.

“We’re still young, and we still got a lot to work on,” Trayanum said. “I was just talking to coach (Tyrrell), and we were disappointed from how we won. I’m glad that we won, got the shutout on defense, but we just made so many little mistakes that we never should have made.”

The win marked the first game of the season where Hoban didn’t score at least 41 points. Tyrrell mentioned how the Knights had multiple penalties on their second drive of the game. He said the penalties were a bit frustrating, and he knows his team must focus on playing smarter.

With the win, Hoban’s seniors finished their high school careers having never lost to St. Vincent-St. Mary. Hamm is glad that the senior class went undefeated against the Irish.

“I’m not from around here, I’m from Youngstown, but being here for the three years I’ve been here, I know how big this game is for everybody,” Hamm said. “And it became a part of my life, too, and it’s a big game for me as well. So for the seniors to go undefeated against (St. Vincent-St. Mary) that’s amazing for them, and hopefully next year we’re going to do the same thing.”

Hoban (4-1) will play Benedictine on the road Oct. 5, and St. Vincent-St. Mary (3-2) will play Warren Harding at home Oct. 4.

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