The Bengals (2-1) never led, but they twice had drives late in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the score. Ronnie Schultz hit junior Marvin Conkle on a 38-yard TD pass.
Benedictine pulled closer midway through the fourth after a four-play drive, which began after a Hoban fumble – one of the miscues bemoaned by Tyrrell – that allowed Gary Merrill to plow into the end zone on a 1-yard run.
Merrill, a hard-nosed senior at 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, paced the Benedictine run game with 66 yards on 13 carries. He also delivered hits at linebacker on defense, while senior safety Chris Gales recovered two Hoban fumbles.
Schultz paced the Bengals’ offense with 226 yards on 17-of-27 passing.
“They took a punch and punched back. It’s football,” Goode said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t result in a win. But we grew up.”