Brown's four TDs a rush for Loyola in 38-33 upset of No. 3 McDonogh

October 16, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

As his teammates poured onto the field in celebration moments after the game, Loyola running back Scott Brown grabbed a drum stick and pounded several times on a bass drum.

It was an appropriate exclamation point. Brown had been pounding out yardage against McDonogh's defense all day.

Brown rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries to lead the unranked Dons to a 38-33 upset of host and third-ranked McDonogh in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game yesterday.

Overall, Loyola (3-1, 1-0) gained 260 of its 373 yards total offense on the ground.

It was the biggest win to date for the Dons, who were 3-7 last season.

"We had a bad season last year," Loyola coach Joe Brune said. "It was very uncharacteristic of our football program, and the kids were determined to straighten things out."

Said Brown: "This was our first real test. We proved to a lot of people, if not just to ourselves, that we're a good team. We deserve to be up there with the best."

Brune said the game plan was to "keep the ball on the ground and out of [McDonogh quarterback] Bobby Sabelhaus' hands as much as possible."

Brune's strategy worked especially well in the second half.

The Eagles (4-2, 1-1), who were coming off an emotional 21-18 win over Mount St. Joseph and former head coach Mike Working, ran only 19 plays and gained just 86 yards in the half.

Trailing 26-14, Loyola opened the third quarter with a 10-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in Brown's 1-yard touchdown run. Brian Nicholas' pass to Ryan Burch for the two-point conversion pulled the Dons within 26-22.

"We knew we were getting the ball to start the second half and we had to set the tempo," said Brown, who has rushed for 699 yards in four games. "We just pounded it out on them."

Loyola got the ball right back after Dwayne Stukes fumbled on McDonogh's first play from scrimmage and Todd Pivec recovered at the Eagles' 24-yard line.

Six plays later, Brown scored on another 1-yard run. Nicholas' run for the two-point conversion put the Dons ahead to stay, 30-26, with 3:15 left in the third quarter.

After the two teams traded turnovers, the Dons forced the Eagles to punt and got the ball at their 47 to start the fourth quarter.

Loyola then mounted another time-consuming scoring drive. Brown carried the ball eight times for 26 yards during the 12-play series, including a 2-yard touchdown run to extend the Dons' lead to 38-26 with 6:27 remaining.

The Eagles responded with their lone second-half touchdown -- a 1-yard run by Sabelhaus with 2:48 left that capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive and cut Loyola's lead to 38-33.

But, once again, McDonogh's defense couldn't stop the Dons' running attack. Loyola gained two first downs to run out the clock.

"We were in the best run defense you can be in. We were playing goal-line defense, man-to-man coverage. We had as many people as we can attacking the line of scrimmage every play, but they just blocked us and ran the ball hard," McDonogh coach Dominic Damico said.

Despite the loss, it was another outstanding day for Sabelhaus, who was 22-for-31 for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 5,076 career yards, 402 yards shy of the state record.

McDonogh had taken a 19-8 lead with 3:41 remaining in the second quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run by Stukes.

Loyola pulled within 19-14 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nicholas (7-for-10, 113 yards) to Benjamin Fortkamp with 1:47 left in the half, before Dennis Badham took the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to stretch McDonogh's lead to 26-14.

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