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St. Vincent-St. Mary 20, Archbishop Hoban 0 (9/25/10)

September 26, 2010

On the first night of “Official Football Weather” in northeast Ohio, the St. Vincent-St. Mary Irish (locally referred to as St. V) and the Archbishop Hoban Knights (locally referred to as Hoban) met on the gridiron in front of a huge crowd at InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron. The two schools were each looking to defeat their cross-town rivals and make their mark in a historic rivalry.

This night was special for many reasons, one of which was the fact that this game was the first ever live broadcast for the “Great American Rivalry Series Game of the Week.” The first half lived up to pre-game predictions, a defensive battle with both teams sticking to the basics on offense. St. V scored mid-way through the first quarter on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Hildebrandt to Fitzgerald. That would be the only score of the first half and the Irish took a 7-0 lead into the break.

The second half’s only scoring was by the Irish. Motley kicked two field goals and Grant had a big time 31-yard run for the 20-0 victory. It marked the fourth year in a row St. V won this rivalry matchup, and the all-time series is now tied at 17 wins apiece.

After the game, the Shillelagh trophy was presented to the Irish, then the United States Air Force presented the MVP trophy to Sae’von Fitzgerald and the Great American Rivalry Series Championship Trophy to the St. Vincent-St. Mary Irish.

 

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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.