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St. Ignatius 23, St. Edward 17 (11/2/13)

November 3, 2013

LAKEWOOD, OH — Stunner.

Facing the No. 1 team in the state of Ohio and a top-10 team nationally, the St. Ignatius Wildcats knock off the St. Edward Eagles 23-17 in the annual “Holy War” on Saturday night at Lakewood First Federal Stadium. More than 13,000 people watched the shocker, which was part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The Wildcats claimed the Safety Forces Trophy and ended the Eagles’ 16-game regular-season winning streak. The Wildcats have won seven of the last nine to lead the all-time series 28-22-1.

Tied at 14-14 at halftime, Matt Colella made three field goals in the second half to be named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player.

Mike Vitale ran for 75 yards and a TD for St. Ignatius, which held St. Edward to less than 40 points for the first time this season.

Shaun Crawford scored the first TD of the game, running 80 yards on the first play from scrimmage for St. Edward, which hadn’t trailed all season.

St. Ignatius (5-3) hosts St. Xavier next Saturday night, while St. Edward (6-1) hosts Archbishop Moeller the same night.


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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.