Winton Woods falls in DII state title game as Hoban hits big plays in passing game
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Freshman quarterback Shane Hamm threw four first-half touchdown passes to lead Akron Hoban to a 42-14 win over Winton Woods in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state football championship game on Thursday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
It's the third straight state championship for Hoban, which won the Division III title the last two seasons.
Hamm's touchdown passes were 73 and 46 yards to Garrett Houser and 38 and 28 yards to Mason Tipton.
Hoban (14-1) took a 14-0 lead after one quarter and then extended it to 21-0 less than a minute into the second quarter on the 46-yard TD pass from Hamm to Houser.
Winton Woods (13-2) pulled within 21-7 when Kenny Mayberry passed 16 yards to Cornell Beachem for a touchdown with 9:19 left in the first half, but Hoban then drove 80 yards in only six plays and went ahead 28-7 on a two-yard touchdown run by Tyris Dickerson with 6:44 remaining in the first half.
Raequan Prince returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a Winton Woods touchdown to pull the Warriors within 28-14, but Hamm fired his final two touchdowns before the end of the first half to put Hoban on top 42-14 at halftime.
Hoban outgained Winton Woods 365-248.
Hamm finished 8 of 13 for 243 yards and the four touchdowns passing.
Winton Woods was led offensively by running back Miyan Williams, who rushed for 175 yards on 20 carries.
Quarterback Kenny Mayberry was 11 of 24 for 71 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.