Following a huge win, Walsh Jesuit football squad continued its momentum with an amazing first quarter against defending state champion Archbishop Hoban.
Going for broke, a fired-up Warrior squad had nothing to lose at Dowed Field Oct. 26.
After all, Walsh had just snapped a 23-game losing streak the week before.
It showed as Walsh stormed out to a spirited 14-0 lead to stun the loaded Knights.
However, Hoban’s talent, depth and explosiveness came to the forefront as the Knights exploded for a 28-point second quarter and went on to win 42-21.
The win raised Hoban’s North Coast Blue Division mark to 4-0 while Walsh (1-8) slipped to 1-3, prior to the season finale at home against Cleveland Benedictine (8-1, 3-1) Nov. 1.
"We came out strong and had the approach just to leave it all out there," said head coach Nick Alexander. "The guys played great."
"I think our kids knew what we were facing — the four-time state champions," Alexander added.. "We did great and Hoban just had a wave of momentum."
Senior quarterback Cam Mayes tossed a pair of first quarter touchdown passes – a 7-yarder to sophomore running back Jack Romanini and a 7-yard toss to senior Nick Reilman.
Then DeVonta Baskerville scored the first of his three scores for Hoban, which led 28-14 at the half.
After falling to Hoban 51-6 and 54-0 the last two years, Walsh was still in the game in the third period.
Well, not too much into the second half after speedy Victor Dawson had a 65-yard TD early in the third stanza.
That was the first of three touchdonws for Dawson as Hoban piled up 562 total yards and churned out 31 first downs.
One issue that Alexander had to deal with was that junior guard Nathan Boggs went down with a hand injury – he eventually had eight stitches in his thumb.
"I thought one problem we had was that we lost Nathan and we had to change some of the things we wanted to do, and it got us out of rhythm," said Alexander.
Senior tight end Joe El Biri filled in at guard in Boggs’ absence.
"Joe wants to play tight end at the next level (in college) and here he is, playing guard for us," Alexander said.
"It showed me something in what Joe did and these seniors are truly leaving a mark on this program," said Alexander, still reeling with energy from the 21-13 win over NDCL the week before.
Mayes hit 16-32 passing for 272 yards, three TD’s, and two interceptions.
Junior wide receiver and two-way standout Dom Grguric caught a 38-yard TD pass from Mayes late in the third period.
"Cam had a good game overall – he sure did come out and make us look smart," said Alexander.
"Nick Reilman and Grguric had good games catching the ball, and Dom (Grguric) does a good job stretching the field for us," he added.
Reilman had seven receptions for 109 yards and Grguric had five catches for 112 yards.
Senior kicker Caroline Flessner was 3-for-3 on extra points for the Warriors.