The Shillelagh Trophy will remain at Archbishop Hoban for another year.
Hoban erased an early deficit en route to a 35-3 victory over rival St. Vincent-St. Mary on Friday night at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.
Hoban (5-0) relied on its rushing attack on offense, and its speed on defense to top St. V-M (3-2) for the sixth time in a row. Friday’s victory is the fourth regular-season win in a row for the Knights over the Irish, and two playoff wins are also sprinkled into the current streak.
Hoban junior DeaMonte Trayanum scored three rushing touchdowns and was named the Most Valuable Player of the game by the Great American Rivalry Series, which is presented by the U.S. Marine Corps.
“We just had to wrap up and make tackles on defense, and the offensive game-plan in the second half was to do what we do, which is put me and [senior] Tyris Dickerson in the backfield and pound the defense,” said Trayanum, who also plays linebacker and safety.
Trayanum rushed for 87 yards on six carries. Dickerson totaled 83 yards on 15 carries.
Hoban offensive linemen Nolan Rumler, Jaden Baxter, Jacob Petit, Owen Robinson and Walter Ganous led the way up front, along with fullback Matt Blanchard and tight ends Quan Easterling and Caden Clark.
“We played with heart to get this win,” Dickerson said.
St. V-M took a 3-0 lead with 3:31 to go when sophomore Luke Dobson made a 35-yard field goal. Freshman George Linberger gained 21-yards on a rush during the drive.
Hoban responded with a drive of eight rushing plays that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown run by Dickerson with 21 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Senior Jacob Branham followed with his first of five extra point kicks.
Trayanum rushed for a 3-yard touchdown with 2:26 to go in the second quarter and the Knights took a 14-3 lead into halftime.
Hoban took control in the third quarter when Trayanum scored from 7-yards out at 10:42, senior Mason Tipton sprinted 38-yards on a reverse handoff for a touchdown at 7:13 and Trayanum broke loose for a 50-yard jaunt to the end zone at 3:23.
“Anytime you are playing St. V, both teams are going to come out and smack each other in the mouth,” Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell said. “Both teams were hitting really hard in that first quarter, and I think it was the ability to make little adjustments at halftime, especially defensively, to kind of slow down their run and get pressure on their quarterback so that he couldn’t throw … It was also a matter of our offensive line wearing them down too in that third quarter.”
Hoban sophomore quarterback Shane Hamm completed 7-of-8 passes for 100 yards and gained 53 yards on seven carries.
“We knew with our two great running backs — Tyris and Chip [Trayanum] — that we had to pound the ball,” Tipton said.
Linberger gained 37 yards on six carries, and junior Terrance Keyes Jr. rushed for 31 on 11 carries before leaving with an injury with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter.
Trayanum, Blanchard and Petit were disruptive for Hoban defensively along with Nick Griffith, Marcus Saahir, Luke Bauer, Joe Michalowicz and Matt Salopek.
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