With Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer looking on, Ohio State class of 2017 commits Danny Clark and Todd Sibley helped Akron Archbishop Hoban win its first ever state title with a 33-20 victory over Toledo Central Catholic.
Playing at Ohio Stadium, Sibley ran wild against Division III’s defending state champions, gashing the Fighting Irish for 162 yards on 33 carries and two scores including a 55-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter.
Sibley, who walked off the field gingerly after taking a hard hit in the fourth quarter, was all smiles postgame as the Knights left as state champions.
“I’ve never been more excited in my life to play a high school football game. This is the biggest one I’ve ever played in,” Sibley said. “Just coming out of the tunnel, I felt like I was in a Buckeye uniform. It felt so right at home and just looking at the stands and seeing our crowd and all that, it made me feel like I’m home.”
His teammate Clark, who has been an Ohio State commit since December 2013, attempted 12 passes, completing just four. However, two of those completions went for scores, including a 53-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jonah Morris.
Clark said there was a sense of urgency to perform well in Ohio Stadium, especially with Meyer watching him live for the first time.
“To know that Coach Meyer was in The ’Shoe, it really meant a lot,” Clark said. “In the back of my head I was like, ‘Man, I have got to have a good game. I want to show him that I am for real and I am all business. I think Todd did a great job of that too.”
Hoban head coach Tim Tyrrell said he is “very happy” both Sibley and Clark are on his team and he is excited to have them both back for their senior seasons in 2016.
“They are both great football players and they are both great kids. They are very, very coachable,” Tyrrell said. “I coach quarterbacks, and I see Danny a lot. Every single time, whether it is good or bad, he comes, he listens, he is coachable and he always wants to get better.
“When you have a tailback like Todd Sibley, who just pounds and pounds and pounds, and breaks it. He just never seems to get tired when he runs the ball.”