Akron, Ohio— Dowed Field at Archbishop Hoban High was the setting for this storied matchup. The Knights would get a dominating win 57-7 over the Walsh Jesuit Warriors.
The Hoban offense came to play as they scored on their second play with a 50 yard touchdown pass to Jalen Hightower from Tylan Boykin. The Knight defense forced a 3 and out and the offense would immediately score again with a 36 yard touchdown reception from David Ajose.
When asked about the quick hot offensive start Boykin said, “It’s really just our coaches ….we really wanted to give it to them making this a statement game."
The defense started to make an impact thanks to a Tysen Campbell 34-yard pick 6 and a Eli Lee safety. When asked about the pick-6, Campbell had this to say, “I was in man coverage you know, saw him roll out… that ball went up, Odell one hand….. that’s we we do we score 'tuds' on D.”
Hoban would build a 23-0 lead with 5 minutes left in the opening quarter.
The defense would continue to force 3 and outs, setting up a 3 yard touchdown from Caleb Jones followed by an Elbert Hill 42 yard jet sweep touchdown, giving Hoban a 37-0 advantage after 12 minutes of play.
The second quarter would be much of the same for the Knights. The defense forced a number of empty drives and Boykin was a huge catalyst for the offense. He had 2 huge runs combining for about 90 yards which set up 2 more Caleb Jones red zone rushing touchdowns.
The teams would head to halftime with the Knights holding a demanding 50-0 advantage.
With a running clock after the break, the score wouldn't change in the 3rd quarter as each team would exchange possessions with not much doing. In the fourth, Hoban would score one more touchdown with a Deon Rodgers 16 yard run with about seven minutes left.
Walsh got their first true bright spot of the night with a fumble recovered by Jake Hassman with around 2 minutes to go in the game. Walsh would capitalize with a 7 yard rushing touchdown. That would end the scoring for this one, as with a running clock, the time elapses rather hastily.
When asked about their dominant win, Head coach Tim Tyrrell said, “I’m happy for the kids.. it’s only week 7 so I can’t get too happy.. we just gotta get in the film room tomorrow and keep trying to get better."
The Archbishop Hoban Knights will be back in action next Friday at home. They take on Glenville, the reigning division four state champions at 7 PM.