19. Archbishop Hoban
Location: Akron, Ohio
18-19 Record: 15-0
Final Super 25 Rank: 8
Why them: Archbishop Hoban is looking to win its fifth straight championship, which would tie Saint Ignatius for most in state history. It hasn’t mattered which division they’re in, as they’ve won a pair in Div. III and Div. II apiece over the last four years.
Shane Hamm is listed as a pro-style QB on 247Sports and a dual-threat on Rivals – but no matter which he is, he has proven himself as a quarterback, most notably during his four-touchdown half in the Div. II state championship game. The offense is more than just Hamm, though, with four-star running back DeaMonte Trayanum, three-star wide receiver Brayden Fox and three-star tight end Caden Clark.
But the team’s identity last year was in its defense. Over a 10 game span, the Knights allowed more than eight points just once – and the outlier was a 14 point “outburst” from the opponent. A pair of ranked linebackers, three-star players Devin Hightower and Damon Ollison, will be relied upon once again.
Archbishop Hoban looks like it can compete on both sides of the ball once again. Back-to-back undefeated seasons is an unrealistic expectation, but Hoban had won 14 games in the previous three championship seasons. Can they turn this into a five-year run?
8/31 Harrisburg (Pa.)
9/6 Cardinal Mooney
9/13 St. Ignatius
9/20 West Toronto Prep (Canada)
9/27 St. Vincent-St. Mary
10/4 at Benedictine
10/12 at Lake Catholic
10/18 Padua Franciscan
10/25 Walsh Jesuit
11/1 at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin