Often referred to as the “Akron Holy War,” this rivalry between the Fighting Irish of STVM and the Knights of Hoban has always proven to be a game to remember year in and year out. The rivalry was renewed after a 20 year absence in 1996 and since then it has been played at a neutral site due to the large crowds. The winner of this rivalry gains possession of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Shillelagh trophy.
St. Vincent St. Mary
Kevin is a two year letterman on the varsity football team and a two year letterman in track. He is a member of the Chapel’s Youth Group and has been a Hoban Ambassador. He plans to attend college at a school here in Ohio and wants to pursue a career in engineering or teaching.
Carnell Evans, a 2008 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School played in the STVM vs Archbishop Hoban rivalry football game as a sophomore, junior and senior. Carnell was a captain of the 2007 team, whose 33-28 victory snapped Hoban’s nine game winning streak in the rivalry series and started the Irish’s current seven game winning streak. The 2007 game was played in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people at the Akron Rubber Bowl. In that game, Carnell rushed for 214 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. That touchdown total is currently the most touchdowns ever scored by one player in a game. During his senior season Carnell finished with 1301 yards and that record stands as the sixth most in the Fighting Irish’s football history. Carnell went on to play football at Mercyhurst College.
Tyrell Sutton Archbishop Hoban class of 2005 is currently a member of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. He spent time in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and the Seattle Seahawks. He graduated with a degree in communications from Northwestern University, where he was named Sporting News’ National Offensive Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, a First Team Freshman All American, and was named to the Big Ten Team Three times. He ended his time at Northwestern second place in school history in rushing yards and all purpose yards for a career. As a Hoban Knight, Tyrell still owns OHSAA records for career rushing yards, with 9,426, and consecutive 100 yard rushing games, with 38. He scored 117 touchdowns during his time at Hoban, and was named Ohio’s Mr. Football in 2004. While wearing the blue and gold Tyrell lead the Knights to a 4-0 record against St. Vincent-St. Mary. In those four games he rushed for a combined 662 years and 8 touchdowns. His crowning moment in the series came during his senior season. Down 21-3 at halftime Sutton lead the mighty Knights on a furious comeback, rushing for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns in the second half alone. His final touchdown capped a 32-28 for a seventh straight victory for the Knights over Irish.