Burley, Loyola make statement in 25-0 shutout of Georgetown LB's 3 sacks, blocked punt, help avenge loss in 1996

November 02, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Keon Burley was standing outside Loyola's locker room yesterday peeling tape off his hands and wrists when a teammate asked him if he knew how many sacks he had recorded against visiting Georgetown Prep.

"Three," said Burley. "I think."

His number was accurate. What the 6-foot, 180-pound linebacker failed to mention were his other six tackles and the blocked punt that helped lift the top-ranked Dons to a 25-0 win over the Little Hoyas on water-logged Hargaden Field.

"Keon is just unbelieveable. We've known it all along," Loyola coach Joe Brune said, just moments after watching his squad secure its first shutout of the season. "You're not going to block him one-on-one. You're just not going to beat him."

Lately, the same can be said for the Dons.

The victory, Loyola's sixth straight since dropping their opener to Gonzaga, ended a two-game losing streak to Prep, avenged last year's controversial loss in Rockville, and provided Loyola's seniors with a memorable final home game.

"Last year we thought we got cheated out of the game by the officials [who ruled that quarterback Brant Hall had not broken the plane of the goal line late in the game] so this year we came out and made sure we took care of them well," said sophomore running back Kyle Bell, who led the way offensively, racking up 222 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. "It feels good to finally beat a team from Washington. Hopefully, this will show the teams in D.C. what Loyola is all about."

The Dons (6-1, 2-0), who visit Mount St. Joseph next week, took advantage of first-and-goal at the 10 following Burley's blocked punt. Bell's 9-yard run on first down set a up a 1-yard touchdown run for Hall and an early 7-0 lead.

A 16-yard pass from Hall to Matt Urlock and 36-yarder to sophomore end Rick Schultz set up Loyola's second score, a 4-yard run by Bell. The Dons opted to try for two after Prep was drawn offside on the point-after try, but the run failed and the Dons had to settle for a 13-0 lead at the half.

Loyola's defense, led by Burley, Pat Brannan (eight tackles, five solos) and Dan Workmeister (six tackles, one sack), continued to shut down the Little Hoyas in the second half.

Loyola's offense rewarded the defensive unit by putting together a nine-play scoring drive that was capped by Bell's 30-yard run.

Georgetown Prep, which knocked off then-No. 1 St. Mary's earlier this season, got what looked like a break when the Dons muffed a punt deep in their own territory but the 8-yard line was as close as the visitors would get.

Bell, however, wasn't finished.

The 5-9, 170-pounder broke tackles late in the fourth quarter, eluded a defender who was trying to knock the ball loose and raced 77 yards for his third touchdown of the game.

"We were working hard this week on not making mistakes and concentrating more," said Brune. "I think we accomplished that goal today."

In other games:

Mount St. Joseph 14, Bishop McNamara 12: Andy Michalowicz completed 5-of-11 passes for 142 yards, including two touchdowns to Shaz Brown, as the Gaels improved to 6-3. Brown caught touchdown passes of 6 and 94 yards in the first half.

Centennial 34, Mount Hebron 7: Keith Will rushed for 136 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the visiting Eagles (5-4) over the Vikings (1-8).

Boys' Latin 20, Severn 15: Jason Leneau rushed for 184 yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown to carry the Lakers (4-5) over the host Admirals (4-4) in a MIAA B Conference game. Jamie Daue had three interceptions.

Pub Date: 11/02/97

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