No. 2 Loyola stays on ground to overcome Gonzaga, 19-16

September 20, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Special to The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Orlando Mayo's 1-yard touchdown run with just more than two minutes left capped a 70-yard drive and led No. 2 Loyola to a 19-16 victory over Gonzaga, the D.C. area's 17th-ranked team, yesterday at Gonzaga's Buchanan Field.

Mayo gained 31 yards in four carries as Loyola rushed 11 time on its winning drive.

Gonzaga had a final opportunity, marching 32 yards in fou plays, but the Dons' Reggie Boyce intercepted a pass on a fourth-down play from Loyola's 48-yard-line. Loyola then ran out the clock.

"We didn't think they could handle us in the middle, so the las drive we wanted to control the line of scrimmage," said Mayo, 6 feet 1, 205 pounds. "We just wanted to pound it at them."

The Dons (2-0) have defeated two D.C. area Metro Conferenc teams ranked among The Washington Post's Top 20, Gonzaga (2-1) and St. John's, No. 13.

Loyola, which gained all of its 244 yards on the ground, wa paced by running backs Brian Perrier, Boyce and Mayo, who gained 112, 69 and 56 yards, respectively.

Gonzaga, which out-gained Loyola in total yardage, 385 to 244 controlled the ball for nearly 10 minutes in the first quarter, twice crossing midfield until drives stalled.

Late in the first period, the Dons began a seven-play, 85-yar drive that resulted in quarterback Bill Evans' 5-yard touchdown run. Gonzaga's Kenny Pegram blocked the extra point attempt, and Loyola led, 6-0, with 10:15 left in the half. Perrier's 51-yard run highlighted the drive.

The Purple Eagles tied it early in the second half. Quarterbac Matt Manfreda (11 of 27, 189 yards) completed a 10-yard pass in the left flat to Tripp O'Brien, who lateraled to tailback Dan Osborne (23 carries, 113 yards). Osborne eluded a tackle and scampered 46 yards to score. The point after attempt was blocked by Ken Burkhammer.

John Dever's 33-yard field goal -- which barely edged th crossbar -- gave Gonzaga a 9-6 edge two-and-a-half minutes into the final period. But on the ensuing drive's first play, Boyce broke through the middle and outran defenders for a 59-yard touchdown. Kevin Kaiser's conversion gave the Dons a 13-9 lead with 9:04 remaining.

"I got hit on the line of scrimmage, but other than that, nobod really touched me," said Boyce, 175 pounds.

Gonzaga scored on its next possession. Osborne's 35-yar catch-and-run moved the ball to the Dons' 39. Manfreda threw two incompletions. On third down, he hit Osborne, who raced 30 yards for a touchdown. The Purple Eagles led, 16-13, with 7:39 remaining after Dever's extra point.

"The big thing now is that we're getting good leadership fro guys like [offensive tackle Joe] Lombardo, [center John] Conrad, and Evans," Loyola coach Joe Brune said. "We score, and they came back to score right away, there's a tendency to get panicky. But those people tend to get everyone on the right page."

"We were a little flat in the first half, but we came out in th second half and wanted to win," Boyce said.

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Jeremy Seiple's second-half, 55-yard punt return paced McDonogh's (2-1, 1-1) victory over Lake Clifton (0-2, 0-1) in a MSA A Conference game. Strong defensive play from Dwayne '' Stukes resulted in two interceptions for the Eagles.

Severn 49, Perryville 6

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Joppatowne 20, John Carroll 0

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Hereford 20, Kent 15

Tim Daughton rushed for 114 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown run, as visiting Hereford (1-2) defeated Kent (1-2). Quarterback Josh Rohlfs completed four of five for 97 yards, including a 73-yard scoring pass to Gabe Selko. Joe Fava also ran 45 yards for another Hereford score.

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