AKRON OH- In yet another commanding playoff performance, the Archbishop Hoban Knights rolled to victory, this time dismantling the Barberton Magics with a resounding final score of 41-7.
The first quarter set the tone for Hoban’s dominance. Just over two minutes into the game, Hoban quarterback Tylan Boykin connected with Jalen Hightower on a 39-yard passing touchdown. Though the extra point was unsuccessful, the Knights were on the board with a 6-0 lead.
The second quarter saw Hoban extend their lead further. Caleb Jones plowed through Barberton’s defense with a 7-yard rushing touchdown, and the extra point was good, making it 13-0 in favor of Hoban.
As the clock continued to wind down in the second quarter, Brayton Feister broke free and sprinted for a stunning 60-yard rushing touchdown. Once again, Ryan Burns nailed the extra point, extending Hoban’s lead to 20-0 going into halftime.
The third quarter showed no mercy from Hoban. Tylan Boykin connected with Jalen Hightower for another touchdown, this time a 43-yard pass. The extra point by Ryan Burns was successful, pushing the score to 27-0.
Barberton finally got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter when Dominic Wilson found Angelo Harper for an 11-yard passing touchdown. Kamran Walton’s successful extra point made it 27-7.
However, Hoban quickly retaliated with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Elbert Hill, and the extra point by Ryan Burns was good. The Knights extended their lead to a commanding 34-7.
The fourth quarter showcased more of Hoban’s offensive prowess as Brayton Feister added another touchdown to his name, this time with a 38-yard rushing score. With Ryan Burns once again making the extra point, the final score stood at an emphatic 41-7 in favor of the Knights.
Hoban’s stellar performance on both ends of the field was evident, and they continue to be a force to be reckoned with as they advance further in the playoffs. Hoban will match up with Painesville Riverside in the semifinals. A neutral site will be determined over the weekend.