Loyola makes quick work of Westminster, 35-14

Fumbles, early hole too much for Owls to overcome

Football

September 17, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Loyola jumped on Westminster on the very first play and never let up until the game was well in hand last night, rolling to a 35-14 victory in Westminster,

On the first play from scrimmage, Dons' senior quarterback J.G Guidera rumbled left for 45 yards and, two plays later made it into the end zone on a 17-yard scamper.

Westminster (1-1) was able to run just a few plays before it fumbled and Loyola (1-1) was in business again on the Owls' 30. Four plays later and with little more than six minutes run off the clock, junior Hunter Bell scored for the Dons on a 5-yard blast up the middle.

The home team settled down and put together a couple first downs before being forced to punt, backing Loyola up inside its 20-yard line as the first quarter ended, 14-0.

It appeared things might settle down, particularly when an exchanged of punts found Loyola pinned down on is 6-yard line. Two first downs later, however, the ball was handed to Mike Alfone and he streaked 68 yards to his first touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

Just two plays later, and after moving into Loyola territory, Westminster fumbled again. The Dons recovered and handed the ball to Alfone again. He breezed 53 yards this time and to that point had piled up 144 yards on just four carries.

The Owls' offense went three-and-out again, and with under five minutes remaining in the half, Guidera hit Marcus Frisby with a scoring toss that covered 68 yards.

As he had done on the previous four touchdowns, Brian Neil added the extra point, for a 35-0 lead at the half.

Westminster, which beat Laurel in overtime last week, finally hit the scorenboard midway in the third quarter when quarterback Ryan Baer and Rafe Bridges connected on a 29-yard pass deep into Loyola territory. Hard-running senior Gamel Smalls did the rest on a series of runs, capped by a 1-yard plunge through the left side.

Smalls added a late score from 6 yards out, concluding a 72-yard, nine-pkay drive, highlighted by a 30-yard pass from Baer to Mike McGinnis.

Westminster coach Scott Tobias, while praising his team's second-half effort, said "You have to expect nights like this. You're either a windshield or a bug. Last year, we were the windshield. This year, we are the bug."

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