In this week’s Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the Padua Bruins took on the Archbishop Hoban Knights. The Bruins knew they had their work cut out going into this week’s matchup against the Knights. The Bruins put up a fight, but the Knights proved to be too strong as they won the game 63-8.
Padua would start with the ball and have the first opportunity to score, but Hoban’s defense was too strong as they forced a quick three-and-out. The Knights shot down the field quick with their run game. Quarterback, Shane Hamm, ran the ball for a 62-yard run to get his team down to the four-yard line. Senior running back, Tyris Dickerson would find the end zone for his first score on the day, giving the Knights a 7-0 lead. The Bruins would get the ball back, but would be stymied by the aggressive Hoban defense. On the first play of the next drive for the Knights, Tyris Dickerson would take the ball to the house for a 64-yard touchdown which made the score 14-0 early in the first quarter.
Padua needed a spark and they got one. Crishawn Long, the senior running back/linebacker who has committed to Purdue University returned the kickoff 69-yards to put the Bruins in good field position. However, the drive would be hindered by penalties and would force the Bruins to punt the ball back to the Knights. On the first play of Hoban’s next drive, quarterback Shane Hamm would find University of Alabama commit, Caden Clark for a 74-yard touchdown reception. This would put the Knights up 21-0.
Hoban’s defense was flying around the field and making plays. They forced the first turnover of the game midway through the second quarter by a remarkable one-handed interception from senior safety Matt Salopek. Salopek would have two interceptions throughout the contest.
Tyris Dickerson was not ready to call it a night yet. He rushed in for a 22-yard touchdown to grow the lead 28-0. Dickerson would go on to be this week’s High School Game of the Week MVP with 13 carries for 212 yards and four touchdowns.
Crishawn Long and the Bruins were not ready to give up just yet. Long found an opening on a kick return and ran the ball back for a 97-yard touchdown to ignite the Padua crowd. This would bring the score to a 35-8 after a two-point conversion by the Bruins. However, the Knights continued to make big plays and would put the game out of reach for the Bruins. The conference game would finish with a score 63-8, Hoban.
With this win, Archbishop Hoban advances to 8-0 on the season and will travel to face Walsh Jesuit (0-8). This gives Padua a 5-3 record on the season as they host Benedictine (3-4) next Friday.