There is something about playing Trinity that brings out the best in Mike Hull.
Hull, a senior running back, scored four touchdowns last night to give Class AAAA Canon-McMillan a 36-22 road win against Class AAA No. 3 Trinity.
Penn State-bound as a prized linebacker recruit, Hull has rambled for 362 yards and seven touchdowns against the Hillers the past three seasons, and the Big Macs have won all three games. The Big Macs defeated Trinity, 32-7, last season, and 34-13, two seasons ago.
While Hull did not break many big gains last night -- it took him 24 carries to accumulate 82 yards -- he had little trouble pounding the ball into the end zone from close range, scoring on runs of 1, 2, 4 and 2 yards.
"He played a very physical football game, and our supporting cast did an excellent job. That was really big for us," said Canon-McMillan coach Guy Montecalvo.
That supporting cast included senior quarterback Zach Hoffman, who completed 9 of 14 passes for 136 yards in his first varsity start.
Junior wide receiver Alec Schram was a two-way threat, running for a 74-yard touchdown on an end-around and hauling in five passes for 52 yards.
After Hull opened the scoring with his first touchdown, Trinity fought back to take a 12-7 lead behind two touchdowns created by senior quarterback Andrew Steratore -- a 9-yard pass to senior Dustin Avolio and Steratore's 6-yard run.
The Big Macs, though, weathered the storm and got two second-quarter touchdowns from Hull to give them a 21-12 halftime lead they never relinquished.
"I liked the way we responded," Montecalvo said.
"Our offense was very efficient and methodical in the first half. It was very important that we answered after we went down, 12-7."
Trinity's Mike Cleveland kicked a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter to cut the Hillers' deficit to 21-15, but the Big Macs scored the next two touchdowns to pull away.
Canon-McMillan had 429 total yards, including 293 on the ground while amassing 21 first downs. Trinity gained 292 yards, including 188 on the ground, and had 13 first downs.
Canon-McMillan played without star running back/defensive back and Ohio State recruit Chad Hagan, who has not been cleared by doctors to play because of a heart condition.
"To play as well as we did without Chad I thought was outstanding," Montecalvo said.