Trotwood loses D-III title game to Akron Hoban
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- In last season's championship game, Akron Archbishop Hoban quarterback Danny Clark won the title game in the place he thought would be his future college home.
But a year later, after recently decommitting from Ohio State to attend the University of Kentucky, the result was the same for the senior.
Clark was 7 for 10 for 165 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 34-yard score in the third quarter as the Knights won their second straight title with a 30-0 victory over Trotwood-Madison in the Division III state championship on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
"We were executing, doing what we needed to do and having a great time doing it," Clark said. "It doesn't matter where we're playing."
Hoban teammate Todd Sibley, a University of Pittsburgh commit, ran for 151 yards and a TD on 17 carries.
Raveion Hargrove ran for 137 yards on 24 rushes for Trotwood-Madison (12-3).
Big plays highlighted the first half for Hoban (14-1) in taking a 20-0 lead.
Sibley went 49 yards untouched for a 6-0 lead with 3:30 to go in the first quarter. The score came one play after Clark connected with Nate Bauer for a 32-yard gain.
"Everything we do goes to our offensive line," Sibley said.
Later, Clark had a 10-yard TD toss to his younger brother, Caden Clark, to make it 13-0 with 4:37 left in the first half.
"That moment, it was euphoric," Danny Clark said. "There's no other way to describe it. It was the most perfect pass, the most perfect release, the smoothest pass I've ever thrown."
Clark added another TD on a 60-yard strike to Garrett Houser to make it 20-0 at the half.
"We were a second late on a couple sacks, we were a second late on some run plays, but those are a part of the game," Trotwood-Madison coach Jeff Graham said. "Momentum went, and we never could get that momentum to our side."
After a 32-yard field goal by Grant Kersh, Clark made it 30-0 on a quarterback draw with 3:11 left in the third quarter.