Loyola finishes turnaround with takedown of St. Joe Dons' fifth straight win burns No. 1 Gaels, 37-21

November 12, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Loyola coach Joe Brune stared at the Mount St. Joseph scoreboard, sighed heavily, and muttered, "This, I can't believe."

In a 37-21 victory moments earlier, Brune had watched his sophomore quarterback Brant Hall (135 yards rushing, 113 passing) lead his unranked Dons to a season-high point total, and defensive back Tim Nicholas help hold Maryland's top-ranked team below its 45-point average.

The win, the Dons' (5-4, 3-1) fifth straight after an 0-4 start, keeps them in the hunt for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference crown and ended Maryland's longest winning streak at 13.

Loyola's last loss was to St. Mary's, a 21-13 winner over Calvert Hall yesterday. It can clinch a three-way tie for the crown with St. Mary's and St. Joe by beating Calvert Hall on Thanksgiving Day.

Gaels quarterback Lucas Phillips went 12-for-27 for 279 yards and touchdowns of 55 and 72 yards to receiver Danny Rosewag (five receptions, 162 yards).

But Phillips, flushed from the pocket most of the afternoon by linemen such as Ryan Burch, threw interceptions to John Price, Mike Latchford, Tim Nicholas and Chris Wilkins.

Conversely, Hall optioned wisely, scoring Loyola's next-to-last touchdown from a yard out. Eddie Holman scored Loyola's final touchdown from seven yards.

"We had more turnovers than ever," said Gaels' coach Mike Working. "But Joe [Brune] also diversified his offense and picked us apart."

The Gaels were without standout running back Archie Wannamaker (1,731 yards, 33 touchdowns), who was benched for reasons coach Mike Working would not reveal, and without him, Loyola's defense held five ball carriers to just 74 yards.

"It's a team matter and it stays within the team, but we have very high standards for both conduct and academics," said Working, whose Gaels (9-1, 4-1) capitalized on the first turnover -- Nick Thompson's fumble recovery -- for a 7-0 lead.

Thompson set up a 56-yard, five-play drive that ended with Matt O'Donnell (four receptions, 58 yards) scoring from six yards, and Jim James' conversion kick. But Loyola responded with 18 unanswered points, set up by three turnovers.

* Poly 31, City 14: Dustin Jones threw two touchdown passes, as host Poly (4-6) scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to rally from a 14-7 halftime deficit.

It was the 107th annual meeting between the teams. Poly has won the last three and leads the overall series, 53-48-6.

The Engineers' defense limited City (4-6) to just 16 yards of total offense in the second half.

Poly scored the first of three third-quarter touchdowns when Dennis Waters recovered a botched City punt at the Knights' 5-yard-line and returned it to give Poly a 15-14 lead with 8:04 remaining.

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