No. 2 Loyola takes measure of No. 3 Poly again, 22-15 Dons claim victory for 3rd straight year

October 03, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Standing on the Poly football field yesterday afternoon, Loyola's Brian Perrier took a long sip from his water bottle, wiped the sweat from his face and let out a sigh.

"This was definitely our best game of the year," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior running back.

Perrier was talking about the visiting Dons' 22-15 victory over No. 3 Poly, in which he rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

In beating their Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference rivals for the third straight season, No. 2 Loyola (4-0, 2-0) adhered to the balanced attack it has used all year, totaling 332 yards of offense on 63 plays.

Quarterback Bill Evans (13 carries, 70 yards, one touchdown), as usual, was in command of the option attack -- whether cutting against the grain on a sweeping keeper play or on a rollout for one of the 11 passes he completed in 15 attempts for 149 yards.

"We were giving them too much of a cushion on those quick outs," said Poly coach Augie Waibel, whose team dropped to 2-1. "I think that was the difference in the game."

The Dons' victory overshadowed an outstanding effort by Poly junior running back Sekou Selli (12 carries, 185 yards), who had first-half touchdown runs of 65 and 79 yards.

The Dons scored on their opening drive, going 69 yards in 11 plays before Perrier -- who rushed for 100 yards in each of his previous games -- went over from 4 yards out.

Kevin Kaiser's kick gave the visitors a 7-0 lead with 7:19 left in the quarter.

"Scoring early showed us that we could move the ball on them," said Perrier, who has rushed for 422 yards this season. "We wanted to establish the tempo right away."

But on Poly's first play, Selli, 5-8, 163 pounds, bounced off of a cluster of players at the line, sprinted to his left and ran upfield untouched for a 65-yard score. Khary Tucker's kick tied the game with 6:51 left.

Selli's other touchdown came after the Dons drove nine plays to the Poly 35, then punted on fourth-and-one. Again, Selli collided with linemen before turning outside and leaving Loyola defenders grasping at air. He scored the conversion run to put the Engineers ahead, 15-7.

"I heard he was fast, but you always hear how fast someone is. You just never can tell until you've seen it," said Loyola coach Joe Brune. "We were actually worried more about No. 34 [Greg Kyler], but I'll tell you, that other kid, No. 35, can really run."

Loyola dug in for a seven-play drive, capped by Evans rolling right, then throwing 30 yards against the grain to find Jim Silvestri at the Poly 6 with 30 seconds left in the half.

After Tucker's fumble recovery at the 16 of a botched pitchout, it appeared the Engineers would remain ahead going into halftime. But a fumbled keeper by Mike Forstner (3-for-14, 28 yards) rolled out to Loyola's Orlando Mayo on the right. Mayo scooped up the ball and ran it to the 6.

On the next play, Evans dropped back as if to throw, then sprinted off right tackle to cut the deficit to 15-13. For his game-tying conversion run, he went the other way.

"After giving up that second touchdown and then fumbling the ball, we kind of had our heads down," said Evans, who has led the Dons' offense to 1,285 yards.

"We really needed that second touchdown to get us back up again."

The Dons limited Selli to 32 yards and a 20-yard reception in the second half.

With Loyola defensive tackles Rodell Phaire (6-6, 240) and Faraji Mason (6-4, 235) plugging the middle, Waibel tried to mix a passing attack with misdirection plays.

But the Dons' defensive backs, Mayo and Boyce, contained Selli and Kyler (eight carries, 42 yards) on the outside.

Mayo's 1-yard run -- followed by Kaiser's kick with 4:43 left in the third period -- ended the Dons' game-winning, 12-play, 64-yard drive.

"We never really had the ball enough to establish an offense," said Waibel. "Until the fourth quarter. But Loyola's a real good ball club."

Loyola 7 8 7 0 -- 22

Poly ..7 8 0 0 -- 15

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