Hoban's Sutton rips up Irish
He rushed for 505 yards and eight touchdowns in the 61-28 rout.
By BRIAN RICHESSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
YOUNGSTOWN -- Akron Hoban brought the Tyrell Sutton show to town Friday night, and he provided a memorable performance at Stambaugh Stadium.
A Northwestern recruit, Sutton sped his way to 505 yards and eight touchdowns as the Knights handed Ursuline a 61-28 setback.
"You never envision something like this," Sutton said, "but after that loss to Watterson last week, we knew we had to bounce back."
Hoban (6-1) erased Ursuline's 21-0 lead with 26 second-quarter points and handed the ball to Sutton constantly in the second half to pull away. He finished with 29 carries.
"I don't know if I sensed their defense was getting tired," Sutton said of the Irish, "but their spirits were really low. We went on a 61-7 run; that's a killer."
Ursuline's dynamic running back, senior Alex Allen, rushed for 223 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown, while senior Derrick Stewart scored twice, his first coming on an 83-yard punt return in the first quarter.
But the night belonged to Sutton.
"He's better than I thought, and I thought he was extremely good coming in," Ursuline coach Dan Reardon said. "He's as good as I've seen, and that includes Maurice Clarett."
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Sutton ran away from the Irish defense for 241 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns -- in the first half.
Sutton scored on runs of 33, 66 and 7 yards, respectively, as Hoban got to within 21-19 with two minutes remaining in the first half.
"He definitely has an extra gear that I haven't seen from very many backs," Reardon said. "He has good quickness, but he's strong enough to run you over."
In the second half, Sutton scored on runs of 1, 53, 29, 8 and 38 yards, respectively, while never seeming to tire.
"They threw a couple of new formations that we hadn't seen before," Reardon said, "but the bottom line is, if you give him a seam, he's gone."
The Knights stunned Ursuline (5-2) as the first half ended to score the go-ahead points.
Hoban quarterback Paul McGough tossed a ball into a crowded end zone as time expired, and John Holcomb came down with it from 28 yards for a 26-21 lead.
Defense spurred Ursuline to a 21-0 lead in the first half.
The Irish intercepted Hoban starter Anthony Pelini twice, the latter of which forced him out of the game.
The first pick, by senior cornerback Matt Tynal, set up Ursuline's first touchdown -- a 1-yard run by Allen with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Ursuline's second interception came by senior John DeSantis, who returned it 41 yards for a touchdown, giving the Irish a 21-0 lead with 11:48 remaining in the first half.
Those touchdowns were sandwiched around Stewart's punt return.
"Quite frankly, the two interceptions came back to haunt us," Reardon said, "because they quit throwing the ball and they started to give it to [Sutton] more and more.
"Obviously, everybody saw what happened."