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Winton Woods Rolls Past Archbishop Hoban For Their First State Title Since 2009

CANTON, Ohio – Winton Woods came into the regional playoffs as a 7-seed.

Backed by a gritty “nobody believed in us” attitude, the Warriors rolled to a 21-10 victory over Akron Archbishop Hoban in the Division II State Championship on Thursday night.

It was a pretty quiet start, with neither team putting up any points through the first quarter.

In the final minute of the first, Winton Woods was ruled down on a punt attempt that gave Hoban possession deep in opposing territory.

The Warriors defense held their ground, only giving up a 20-yard field goal from Charlie Durkin to start the second quarter.

Winton Woods had a response for both of Hoban’s scores in this game. After giving up the field goal, they swiftly drove down field and punched in a 4-yard touchdown courtesy of Buddy Ellery.

Then with under a minute to play before halftime, TyRek Spikes, who rushed for 98 yards in the first half alone, broke off a 44-yard run.

Spikes followed that up with a 2-yard touchdown to give Winton Woods a 14-3 lead heading into the break.

Hoban was faced with an unfamiliar situation, as they went into the locker room trailing by double-digits.

On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Caleb Kepler (8 Tackles, 4 TFL, 2 FF, 2 FR) ripped the ball away from Spikes and returned it for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 14-10.

This appeared to be a potential turning point, but Winton Woods once again responded quickly, this time with a 53-yard touchdown run by KC Spears to increase the Warrior lead to 21-10.

This is where the score would stay for the remainder of the game.

Despite losing three fumbles, including one in the fourth quarter, Winton Woods remained in the driver seat for most of the game.

This was largely in part to their defense, which didn’t allow any touchdowns, holding Hoban to under 200 yards of total offense.

An interception by Lorenzo Hudson all but ended this game, as Winton Woods went on to win 21-10.

The Warriors rushed for 288 yards, with 153 of those coming from 5-foot-5 senior TyRek Spikes. Quarterback Buddy Ellery had 92, followed by KC Spears with 60.

It’ll be a night to remember for this Winton Woods squad, who will be making the three hour trip back to Cincinnati with an extra passenger; The 2021 Division II State Championship trophy.

Passing Leaders
A. Ellery (WWHS): 4-6, 33 Yards
J. Crable (AHHS): 7-17, 65 Yards

Rushing Leaders
T. Spikes (WWHS): 168 Yards, 1 TD
L. Sperling (AHHS): 121 Yards

Receiving Leaders
D. Lawson (WWHS): 2 Rec, 21 Yards
L. Sperling (AHHS): 3 Rec, 12 Yards

Defensive Leaders
L. Hudson (WWHS): 10 Tackles, 1 INT
C. Kepler (AHHS): 8 Tackels, 4 TFL, 2 FF

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