The Shillelagh Trophy will remain on Green Street for another year.
Seniors Parris Campbell Jr. and Newman Williams made sure of that as they each made an impact on both sides of the ball Friday night to lead St. Vincent-St. Mary to a 41-6 win over Archbishop Hoban before an estimated crowd of 8,500 at InfoCision Stadium.
Campbell and Williams both rushed for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown to guide St. V-M (5-0) to its seventh win in a row over Hoban (2-3), which had won the previous nine meetings.
“We played great defense tonight, and obviously that resulted into two touchdowns for the defense,” St. V-M coach Dan Boarman said. “We were kind of out of sync offensively, but give Hoban credit. They played us tough and played us well.”
St. V-M, which is the defending Division III state champs, held a 14-6 halftime lead courtesy of rushing touchdowns by senior Aaron Bushner (13 yards) and Williams (4 yards), and then took full command of the game in the second half.
“It feels awesome to win this game,” Irish senior linebacker Dante Booker Jr. said. “We have got to handle our rivals, and it feels great to come out and beat them all four years.”
Williams’ interception return went for 26 yards with 10:22 remaining in the third quarter.
“In the second half, we came out and executed like we need to,” Williams said. “In the first half, I don’t think we played our game defensively and offensively. We came out a little slow. In the second half, we turned it on and made big plays.”
Campbell’s rushing touchdown went for 18 yards with 5:44 to go in the third quarter and his interception return went for 78 yards with 10:38 left in the fourth quarter.
“I didn’t like how we came out in the first half and I am pretty sure my teammates would agree with that,” Campbell said. “We just came out really slow and we really didn’t have that mindset to play hard and play Irish football. I think the adversity we faced was really good for us because we went into half knowing we were not playing our game.”
Junior Vince Lockett scored the Irish’s final touchdown with a 30-yard run.
“Our offense was having trouble trying to pick up their defense,” Irish senior lineman Derek Whiddon said. “They came out with a different defense than what we expected, but we picked it up in the second half and, of course, our defense had two touchdowns.”
The Knights trimmed their deficit to 7-6 with 9:35 to go in the second quarter when sophomore Vince Murdocco tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior Anthony Simonetti. The touchdown came two plays after Murdocco connected with senior Ben Cook on a 43-yard pass completion. Cook finished with 97 yards receiving.
“We just made too many mistakes,” Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell said. “I told the team, it starts with me. I didn’t do a good enough job as coach. It starts from the top down. We didn’t believe in ourselves enough.”
Junior Russ DeMaio and senior Daniel Sutter each recovered a fumble for Hoban, and junior Dre’k Brumley recovered a fumble for St. V-M.
Booker finished with 9½ tackles, and Brumley had four tackles. Irish senior twin brothers Aaron Adkins and Tony Adkins combined for 5½ tackles.
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