With No. 16 Cardinal Gibbons stalled at its 10-yard line with 1 minute, 20 seconds remaining in yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game at No. 20 Loyola, Crusaders coach Frank Trcka called a daring reverse intended to make room for his punter.
Next time, Trcka will play it safe.
Quarterback Jason King, attempting to hand off on the reverse, collided with tailback Sean Berry. The Ball squirted to the grass, where Loyola's Collin Brune fell on it at the 3.
Four plays later, with 38 seconds left, Chris Ginter kicked a 20-yard field goal to give Loyola a 23-21 win.
"I just kicked it and closed my eyes," said Ginter. "When I opened them, it was through. That's probably the most important kick I've ever had to make."
Said Trcka, "If I had it to do over again, I'd play it safe."
The Dons offensive line made it safe for Brad Hoag, 16 carries for 215 yards and two touchdowns, time and again creating huge gaps for the junior tailback.
"We told the line that it was up to them to win it," said Hoag. "They really came through and played great."
Hoag scored his first touchdown on Loyola's opening play. He took the handoff, raced through a hole on the right side and ran 52 yards down the sideline for a 6-0 lead with 9:30 to play in the first quarter.
Loyola made it 14-0 three possessions later when quarterback Bill Evans capped a seven-play, 61-yard drive by scoring on the 5-yard keeper with 9:36 left in the half. Wideback Chris Murn ran for the two-point conversion.
But after halftime, Cardinal Gibbons crept back into the game. The Crusaders drove the length of the field, using 12 plays and nearly six minute before King hit Marty Kolb cutting across the middle, and Kolb ran 19 yards for the score with 28 seconds left in the third quarter. Wally Lowery's kick made it 14-7.
Forest Park 34, St. Joe 0
Antoine Burrell rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns as visiting Forest Park (3-1) routed Mount St. Joseph (0-4) in an MSA A Conference game. Obie Barnes also had a big day for the Foresters, rushing for 233 yards and a touchdown.
St. Paul's 6, Curley 0
John Cougle's 59-yard touchdown run in the first quarter lifted St. Paul's (3-1) over host Archbishop Curley (0-3) in an MSA C Conference match-up.
Joppatowne 20, Boh. Manor 6
B.J. Barnes scored twice, including a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, as visiting Joppatowne (4-0) defeated Bohemia Manor (1-3) in a non-league game.