CANTON — They came to Archbishop Hoban looking to take a football program that went a combined 14-26 the four years before them and turn it around.

They’ll leave Holy Cross Boulevard as legends.

After the Knights beat Massillon 42-28 to win their fourth consecutive state title and second Division II title in a row, Hoban’s seniors walked out of Tom Benson Stadium in some rare air.

Hoban didn’t only complete an undefeated season, it joined Newark Catholic (1984-87), Cleveland St. Ignatius (1991-95), Maria Stein Marion Local (2011-14) and Coldwater (2012-15) as the only squads to win four consecutive titles.

“It’s really unbelievable,” said Knights defensive back Matt Salopek, whose interception with 3:22 sealed the win. “We walked in hoping to create a whole new legacy for Hoban football. I think we built the foundation for future years to come. It’s an unbelievable feeling, I’m just glad we were able to four-peat.”

That wasn’t lost on players like four-year starter and Michigan recruit Nolan Rumler, who started 58 games for the Knights (15-0).

The closing statement against the Tigers (14-1) wasn’t lost on three-year starters Salopek, Jacob Petit or Tyris Dickerson either.

“This means everything,” said Dickerson, who finished with 211 yards rushing and a touchdown on 28 carries. “Hoban is a brotherhood. Coach [Tim Tyrrell] always tells us we are a family. If we work hard, bust our tail every day in the weight room in January, then we’ll come out here and execute. That’s what it’s about. I know the next year it’ll be the same team. It’s still be a family at the end of the day.”

Add senior starters Quan Easterling, Mason Tipton, Jaden Baxter, Owen Robinson, Isaiah Jackson, Joe Michalowicz, Nick Griffith, Marcus Saahir, Jacob Branham, Ben Hawk and Bear Broyles and what this group did was special.

“I’m so proud right now to win four,” Rumler said. “I’m so grateful. This is unbelievable. It means a lot. These long four years have been crazy.”

The 12th-graders didn’t just turn around a program, they put the Knights in the spotlight above all others.

At 57-3 (.950), the Knights won their last 29 games and 42 of the last 43.

This season, Hoban has finished with a running clock in eight of the last nine games and had a running clock in all but three games this season.

Those two without a running clock before the final?

Division I St. Ignatius and Huber Heights Wayne.

If ever there were a senior class to put their stamp on their swan song, it was this season’s Knights.

They outscored opponents 666-165 and hadn’t given up more than seven points in the last seven games before the final.

In fact, no one had scored in double digits since Sept. 28 (Benedictine, 42-14) before Massillon did it.

Not a bad way to finish your career.

“It’s an amazing thing isn’t it,” Tyrell said. “I can’t say enough about them. They’ve done everything they can possibly do. These kids won every single championship every single year. I’m just truly blessed.”

Those aren’t just words from departing varsity letter winners, they’re words and a warning for the future as Hoban looks to join St. Ignatius as the only schools in Ohio to five-peat.

“It’s incredible what happened here,” Petit said. “The brotherhood and the family we have at Archbishop Hoban is something you only experience once in a lifetime. I’m thankful I’ve been part of this incredible trip. I can’t wait to come back and watch them. It’s the culture that Coach has built. It’s unlike anything else in the state.”