Boyce, Loyola run over Calvert Hall, 21-0 TD on first play sets tone for Dons

November 27, 1992|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

As if yesterday's 21-0 loss to Loyola wasn't troubling enough for Calvert Hall, there's more bad news: Loyola's Reggie Boyce is only a sophomore.

Boyce, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound halfback, set the tone on the game's first play from scrimmage, taking a handoff and going 72 yards for a touchdown. George Perdikakis' extra point gave Loyola a 7-0 lead 44 seconds into the first quarter.

Boyce finished with 132 yards on 12 carries. He also threw Loyola's only completed pass, an 8-yarder to quarterback Kevin Kaiser on a halfback option, and intercepted a Calvert Hall pass in the third quarter.

"I was told this was going to be a tough, emotional game," said Boyce, playing in his first Thanksgiving Day game. "I just wanted to go out and play my game."

The victory gave the fourth-ranked Dons (9-2) their seventh win in their past eight games against Calvert Hall (2-9), and a 35-30 series lead. There have been eight ties in the 73-year-old series.

Boyce, along with seniors Brian Perrier and Bill Evans, ran behind Loyola's experienced offensive line of tackles Joe Lombardo (6-3, 298), Cale Christensen (6-3, 240) and Faraji Mason (6-4, 235), guards Ian Hunt (5-10, 180) and Mike Hanlon (5-9, 170), and center John Conrad (6-2, 232). All are seniors except Hunt, who is a sophomore, and Mason, a junior.

"We did well against their defense because they had their linebackers stacked up," said Lombardo. "We just drove it right down their throats."

Perrier (14 carries, 55 yards) scored Loyola's second touchdown on a 1-yard run. The score was set up by senior Mike Stadtler's recovery of a blocked punt on Calvert Hall's 2-yard line with 11:07 left in the first half.

"This team is very level-headed," said Loyola coach Joe Brune, whoseteam led 14-0 at the half. "At halftime, I thought they would get carried away, but they were still mentally in the game."

Calvert Hall's defense tightened in the second half and shut out the Dons' offense, but Loyola found another way to score.

With 2:37 left in the third quarter, senior Orlando Mayo intercepted a Calvert Hall pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. Perdikakis' extra point completed the scoring.

"We had 11 guys on the field playing their hearts out," said Mayo. "We can all take credit for the win."

Calvert Hall mounted a nine-play drive from its 16-yard line to Loyola's 45 late in the game, but Stadtler tackled Adam Roberts for an 8-yard loss and sacked quarterback Dennis Grinestaff to force the Cardinals to punt.

Evans, who started at quarterback for the Dons in their first five games before fracturing his right wrist, finished with eight carries for 41 yards.

"I was just happy to get a couple carries in my last game at Loyola," said Evans, who carried five straight times for 36 yards during a fourth-quarter series.

Despite the loss, Calvert Hall's players took pride in their performance.

"Although the scoreboard shows that we lost, we really won because we came together as a team," said senior split end Tim Butler.

"We never gave up," said senior running back Tony Conrad. "We had a tough season this year, but we never quit."

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