Loyola rides Bell to 33-7 victory Senior rushes for 192 yards and 3 TDs in annual game against Calvert Hall

November 27, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Slowed this season by an ankle injury and a lingering illness, Loyola running back Kyle Bell came into yesterday's game against rival Calvert Hall hoping to end his high school career with a bang.

By game's end, however, the senior was more deserving of a sonic boom.

Bell rushed 22 times for a season-high 192 yards, scoring three first-half touchdowns to help the Dons jump out to a commanding lead in a 33-7 win over the Cardinals in the 79th annual matchup between the two teams before 15,010 at Ravens stadium.

The win was Loyola's 10th straight over Calvert Hall, and the 26-point margin of victory was the largest by either team since the Cardinals' 28-0 win in 1979.

The Dons (6-4) lead the series 41-30-8 and have won 13 of the past 14 meetings with the Cardinals (5-6).

"He wanted to show how good he is," Loyola coach Joe Brune said of Bell, who suffered torn ligaments in his right ankle in late September, then missed time with the flu. "He had a rough year -- he was hurt a couple of times -- and he had a new line to get used to, but he was out to prove something today. He's just a very good running back."

Bell, who will play lacrosse for the University of North Carolina next year, deflected most of the credit to his offensive line, which opened gaping holes all afternoon.

"The line came alive today and really did a great job," said Bell. "I was able to make a couple cutbacks, and then just follow great blocks."

But Loyola's running game was just one of many dominating aspects for the Dons, who out-gained Calvert Hall, 401-148, with most of the Cardinals' yards coming in the fourth quarter, long after the game had been decided.

Loyola's defense shut down Calvert Hall's run-oriented offense, holding it to 29 yards on its first six possessions and without a first down for the first 17: 06.

That, combined with two first-half interceptions and a key 15-yard personal foul at the tail end of a punt, left Loyola with prime field position the entire first half, starting drives on Calvert Hall's 24, 45, 27 and 40.

All but one resulted in touchdowns.

"That's been our team all year," said Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl. "We keep making mistakes that put us in a hole, then it's always a battle to get out."

One of those mistakes occurred on the Cardinals' opening drive, and set the tone for the rest of the game.

On a third-and-nine at the Calvert Hall 13, Loyola's Dan Fink intercepted a pass by Joe Hinz at the 24. Two plays later, Bell scored up the middle from 10 yards out, and the rout was on.

"Bell added a 1-yard touchdown plunge before breaking one for 52 yards to extend the lead to 20-0 with 7: 12 left in the first half.

"Early in the game, Bell made a couple great runs, and I knew it was going to be a great day after that," said Dons quarterback Brennan Creaney. "We just wanted to give [the ball] to Kyle and [fullback] Tom Melanson and just let them go. If we don't have to pass, we won't."

Bell had rushed for 102 yards by halftime.

The dominance continued in the second half, as the Dons extended their lead to 27-0 on Creaney's 9-yard sneak.

Calvert Hall averted the shutout when backup quarterback Sean McGarvey hit tight end Alan Maszarose for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 7: 16 to play.

McGarvey finished six of 12 for 83 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions after relieving Hinz, who left after taking a hard sack midway through the third quarter.

But this day belonged to Loyola, which put together its best all-around game of the season.

"I think we've had this potential all year," said Bell, whose team ended the season with back-to-back wins. "We finally just stuck together as a group. We played today as a team."

Loyola .....14 6 7 6 -- 33

Calvert Hall 0 0 0 7 -- 7

L -- Bell 10 run (Clayville kick)

L -- Bell 1 run (Clayville kick)

L -- Bell 52 run (kick failed)

L -- Creaney 9 run (Clayville kick)

CH -- Maszarose 4 pass from McGarvey (Knoerlein kick)

L -- Daley 17 pass from Creaney (kick failed)

Pub Date: 11/27/98

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