QB Hall, Dons stun top-rated St. Mary's Loyola chews up Saints' 8-man front in 33-8 win

October 05, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's safe to say that Loyola quarterback Brant Hall can be a magician on the football field. St. Mary's players and coaches won't argue.

Hall's magical ball handling led Loyola to a convincing 35-8 victory over St. Mary's at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold last night. In what was the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener for both teams, the No. 4-ranked Dons (3-1) laid claim to St. Mary's (3-2) top billing.

St. Mary's eight-man defensive front was in disarray because of Hall's ball handling. Hall (3-for-10 passing, 59 yards) ran for 120 yards, including touchdown runs of 16 and 50 yards, and threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Paul Daley.

When he didn't keep the ball, Hall dazzled all onlookers by giving it to junior running back Kyle Bell, who rambled for a game-high 170 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.

After a scoreless first period, the Dons erupted for 21 points in the second period and added a touchdown on their initial drive (nine plays, 72 yards) of the second half for an insurmountable 28-0 lead.

Loyola's offensive line of Blake Henry, Pat Brannan, Bryan Shockney and Keon Burley is the Dons' "strength," according to veteran coach Joe Brune, and it opened gaping holes in the Saints' eight-man front all night long. It didn't help the home team to lose All-Metro lineman Rob Hoffman to possible ligament damage in his right knee midway through the first period.

It was the top-ranked Saints' second straight defeat, coming on the heels of a 34-28 loss to Georgetown Prep.

Loyola took last year's meeting by 29-21 for the Saints' only MIAA A Conference loss and the two teams shared the conference title along with Mount St. Joseph.

Hall said his team had to "play hard" to get the Saints' eight-man front blocked.

"We didn't know if our play action would work because they bring eight people, but our line did a great job," said Hall, who could be headed to Wake Forest. "After they started biting on the fakes, the outside was wide open and I could either run or pass."

Trailing 28-0 in the final period, the Saints got on the board on Ryan Metzbower's seven-yard pass to Eric Pickett. Metzbower completed 18 of 35 passes for 204 yards, but was sacked three times, intercepted twice and had several passes batted away by the Dons' big and swift defensive line.

No. 12 Calvert Hall 28, No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 21: Chad Parsons had two touchdowns and 111 of the Cardinals' 195 rushing yards, and Jason Bungori (6-for-12, 125) threw for two other scores to receiver Avon Mack, whose five receptions for 117 yards came as the Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) built a 21-7 halftime lead on the two-time defending MIAA champion Gaels (3-2, 0-1).

Calvert Hall routed by a combined 100-16 in its previous two games against the Gaels, was led defensively by Lou Georgalas,Alan Maszarose, Matt Harlan, Chris Liberto,and Greg Smoot.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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