Simply put, St. Vincent-St. Mary was just too fast and powerful for Archbishop Hoban, and the final score reflected that with the Irish winning 48-20 before a crowd of 6,073 at InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron.
St. V-M retains the Shillelagh Trophy, which is presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, for the sixth year in a row after Hoban won the previous nine matchups.
“It’s no secret we knew coming into the season we have skilled kids who can catch the ball and run,” St. V-M sixth-year coach Dan Boarman said. “Our defense is fast too. It’s fun to watch them.”
Senior quarterback Clayton Uecker completed 17-of-24 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns for the Irish (4-1). Seniors Mike Pruiett, Fransohn Bickley and Jordan Hargrove each had one touchdown reception.
“Playing Walsh is fun, but it’s nothing like playing your main rival,” Uecker said. “For us, it’s Hoban. This is probably the most pumped I have ever been.”
Irish junior Parris Campbell Jr. rushed for three touchdowns and gained 65 yards on 16 carries.
“I’m just very happy,” Campbell said. “I’m overwhelmed actually. Last year I didn’t really get out there on the field much because I had several talented seniors in front of me. I got to show people tonight what I could do.”
Each defense asserted itself early in the game.
Hoban senior defensive lineman Jolewis Washington forced a fumble and then recovered the ball on St. V-M’s first play from scrimmage on the 21-yard line with 11:52 to go in the first quarter.
Three plays later, Irish junior Nathan Bischof intercepted a pass to quell a scoring chance for the Knights (0-5).
“We didn’t take advantage of the turnover,” Hoban coach Ralph Orsini said. “Not scoring there hurt us.”
St. V-M took a 7-0 lead after Uecker’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Pruiett with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter.
The Irish edge grew to 13-0 when Campbell rushed for a 7-yard touchdown at 11:32 in the second.
Irish junior Dante Booker snagged an interception about five minutes into the second quarter, and after a 15-yard penalty, St. V-M had the ball on the Hoban 20-yard line. Campbell rushed for a 6-yard touchdown five plays later, and the Irish led 20-0.
St. V-M extended its advantage to 27-0 on its next possession when Uecker and Bickley connected on an 89-yard touchdown pass.
Washington recovered another fumble at 2:45 in the second. Four plays later, senior Dominick Orsini threw a 38-yard touchdown to senior Alex Muster and Hoban trailed 27-7 going into halftime.
Campbell added a 3-yard rushing touchdown in the third. Irish senior Eric Prologo and junior Aaron Adkins combined on a sack later in the quarter, and Prologo recovered a fumble and sprinted 30 yards for a touchdown.
“It was an all-around team effort,” Prologo said. “Aaron caused the fumble and I picked up the ball and ran with it.”
Orsini threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to junior Nathan Horning in the third and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth.
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