By the Numbers: Holy War 2020
The 60th meeting of the Holy War—Cleveland's greatest high school football rivalry between St. Ignatius and St. Edward—is in the books, and it was an ugly one for St. Ignatius.
St. Ed's dominated the scoreboard, shutting out the Wildcats 17-0, in the game hosted at FirstEnergy Stadium last evening. Here are the numbers that stood out and what they mean for the future of this epic rivalry.
1 - Times More Fans Watched Online than In-Person
We knew from the start, as we live-streamed the game at home, that this year's Holy War was going to be a bit different. Unlike your normal Holy War, equipped with rowdy student sections and daylong tailgates, capacity to Saturday night's game was limited to close family members due to Governor DeWine's crowd-minimizing orders.
And, although Ignatius did not have their best day on the field, they broke records elsewhere by hosting 7,000+ fans on their live-streamed broadcast on the St. Ignatius Broadcast Network. According to the student broadcasters, who both have bright futures in sports broadcasting, the number of fans streaming the game online surpassed the number of in-person attendees for the first time ever. Quite the achievement for SIBN's growing following.
2 - Touchdowns from Christian Ramos
On the field, St. Ed's offense had the edge, putting 17 points on the board. The Eagles were led by a stellar performance from quarterback Christian Ramos who accounted for two touchdowns: a pass to running back Malachi Watkins in the first half and a 34-yard run in the second half.
3 - Current Win Streak for Ed's
After last evening's win, St. Ed's win streak in the Holy War has now increased to three games in a row. Last year, the Eagles beat the Wildcats 7-3 at Lakewood Stadium, and in 2018, they beat the Cats 21-19 in the first round of the playoffs.
4 - Lost Fumbles by Ignatius in the First Half
You can't win a football game when you turn the ball over. Unfortunately, that is exactly what Ignatius did...Four times...In the first half. Without these four, painful turnovers, it would have been a totally different ballgame; however, last night's game was only St. Ignatius's second in the 2020 season (it was St. Ed's fourth). Like the legendary Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, St. Ignatius and St. Ed's usually play the Holy War in the final game of the regular season when both teams are playing at their best. The oddity of this year's timing definitely had an impact.
5 - More Wins Until Ed's Ties the Series
With last night's win, the Eagles notched their 27th victory in the series and are quickly closing in on Ignatius's all-time lead. St. Ignatius now leads the Holy War 32-27-1. Will the Cats have another opportunity in the playoffs this year to reverse the trend?
35 - Years Since Ed's Last Shutout Ignatius
As Ray Lewis famously noted in the opener to Madden '05 (before destroying a Browns player), "defense wins championships." That held true last evening as St. Ed's shut out Ignatius for the first time in 35 years. The last time Ed's blanked Ignatius was 1985 when they beat the Wildcats 12-0.