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.
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.
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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