Cleveland Benedictine senior Jerome Baker was as good as advertised Friday night at Dowed Field in Akron.

And so were his Bengals teammates, as Benedictine defeated Archbishop Hoban 35-7 in the regular season finale for each team.

Benedictine (9-1, 5-0) clinched its first North Coast League Blue Division title since joining the conference in 2011. Hoban concluded its season at 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

An Ohio State University recruit, Baker shined from several positions Friday, when he lined up for plays at linebacker, running back and quarterback.

Juniors Dontez Rash and Justin Layne also stood out on the field for Benedictine, along with senior defensive tackle LaMarr Davis, a University of Toledo recruit.

Rash rushed 18 times for 147 yards and one touchdown, and snagged an interception.

Layne, who holds scholarship offers from Ohio State and Michigan State, had two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown, and had an interception.

“Our kids fought hard, but we’re still young,” Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell said. “We have eight seniors, and they try their butt off and work very hard. We had some deficiencies that we knew about all year along, and the last two weeks teams figured it out.

“They attacked us well tonight. That is a heck of a football team. They have a big senior class, and Baker is a leader with big No. 65 [Davis] and No. 42 [senior Collin Pecoraro]. They have some big boys and they will make a big run in the playoffs [in Division IV]. Coach [Joe] Schaefer does a great job over there in his second year.”

Sophomore running back Todd Sibley led Hoban with 139 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Sophomore quarterback Blake Bishop rushed for 23 yards on nine carries.

Benedictine took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when junior quarterback Brian Schoeffler tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Layne, and sophomore Alex DiFrancesco converted his first of five extra-point kicks.

The Bengals took a 21-0 lead into halftime on touchdown runs by Rash and Baker in the second quarter.

Junior Warren Saba took the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards for a touchdown, and Schoeffler added a rushing touchdown as the Bengals built a 35-0 lead through three quarters.

Hoban capped the scoring in the fourth quarter when Sibley rushed for a 4-yard touchdown and senior Phil Oravecz converted the point-after kick.

Senior Zach Shoemaker had an interception for Hoban.

“I am very proud of our kids,” Tyrrell said. “I think we took a step forward this year off of last year, going 6-4. This is not exactly how we wanted to end up, but we showed at times we could be really good this season with the St. Vincent-St. Mary game [a loss in triple overtime] and some other games.

“The future looks very bright. We just have to get back in the weight room.”

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