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Summit County is home to 14 state championships since the playoff system was implemented in Ohio in 1972. Of these 14 state championships, six of them are owned by St. Vincent-St. Mary, two for Hoban, and one for Walsh Jesuit. Between these three Summit County parochial schools, there are more than 40 years of playoff appearances. The total distance between each school is about 10 miles with STVM and Hoban four miles from each other.

With so much football tradition and history between the three of these schools as well as being so close in proximity to each other, the atmosphere is always exciting when these teams meet up on the gridiron. Many of the football players that walk the halls of these schools grew up together in grade school or playing together in CYO and found one another splitting apart after eighth grade when each boy either followed a family tradition or chose the school that best suited them for their future. Once a year, these boys reunite wearing their respective school colors and look to walk off the field victorious.

STVM and Hoban meet every year at The University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium and play for the right to hold on to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Shillelagh trophy for that year. STVM and Walsh use their home stadiums to battle each other for the right to claim possession to "The Bell." One thing is always certain when these teams meet: the game will be played with heart and with a passion unlike any other game.

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