Loyola seniors Brian Nicholas and Scott Brown have memories of playing against St. Mary's last season. They weren't pleasant ones.
"They embarrassed us down there," said quarterback Nicholas of Loyola's 17-7 loss last year. "We were out for revenge today."
Revenge is exactly what the Dons got. No. 6 Loyola used a balanced attack to defeat St. Mary's, 30-8, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
Nicholas completed five of 12 passes for 147 yards, and Brown rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries to lead the Dons (4-1, 2-0).
St. Mary's senior quarterback Brad Davis completed 16 of 22 passes for 228 yards.
Loyola struck first, when Nicholas scored on a 4-yard run and Brown ran for the conversion to give the Dons an 8-0 lead.
The Saints (0-3, 4-3) responded on their next possession. On fourth-and-seven at the Loyola 25, Davis' pass found Jason Lilly at the 17, and he rambled in from there to cap a nine-play, 67-yard drive late in the first quarter. Davis' conversion pass tied the score at 8.
On the play, Lilly, the area's fourth-leading rusher, went down hard at the goal line, causing a separation of his shoulder.
St. Mary's coach Brian Best believes the separation is mild but decided to hold Lilly out as a precaution.
Loyola broke the deadlock early in the second quarter. After taking over on a mishandled punt at the Saints 42, Nicholas called his own number, going 42 yards untouched up the middle. Brown's conversion run made it 16-8.
Loyola added to the lead just before the half. Two plays after taking over at the Dons own 48, Nicholas found Benjamin Fortkamp at the 10 and hit him with a perfect strike to run the score to 22-8.
Loyola's final touchdown came on a 21-yard Brown run midway through the fourth quarter.
"I think this was a lot closer game than the score showed," said Best. "With or without Jason, we're a young team, and we can't let other teams get up on us like they did."
Davis said the inability to sustain their drives was a major factor.
"That happened against Gilman, too," said Davis. "We put up some yards, but just couldn't seem to get it in the end zone."
South River 32, Perry Hall 7
Phil Taymon rushed for a touchdown and threw for another to lead visiting South River (4-3) over Perry Hall (4-3).
South River led 20-0 at halftime.