Mount St. Joe's variety spices win over Loyola

Outlaw, Lattimore score 6 TDs in different ways to power 58-36 victory

Football

November 04, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

J. J. Outlaw is the son of a former pro defensive back. Keon Lattimore is the half-brother of a current All-Pro linebacker.

Yesterday, Mount St. Joseph's speedy duo made running an offense seem like child's play.

The two combined for six touchdowns - scored six different ways - as the Gaels racked up 390 yards of total offense in a 58-36 victory over visiting Loyola.

The Gaels (7-4) led, 50-15, early in the third quarter before the Dons got on track. The 58 points were a season high.

"We've got such a high-powered offense that we feel we can score at any given play from anywhere on the field," said Lattimore, a junior who has returned kickoffs for touchdowns six times this season and thrown two touchdown passes. "I love those kinds of plays. I love to be an all-around team player."

Outlaw, the son of John Outlaw, a former eight-year AFL and NFL defensive back with the Patriots and Eagles, scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone, a 62-yard pass from quarterback Nick Tanis and a 60-yard punt return.

Lattimore, half-brother of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, scored on a game-opening, 83-yard kickoff return, a 17-yard run after taking a lateral from Outlaw, who had caught a pass near the sideline, and even threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to P.J. Gilbert after catching Tanis' lateral.

"We've used [the trick plays] all season, but they haven't always been quite as successful," Gaels coach Mike Working said. "When you get them backed up, then a lot of those kinds of things work. They were a little nervous we were going to run past them, I think."

Outlaw and Lattimore, along with Tavis (10-for-15, 263 yards, touchdown), helped stake Mount St. Joseph to a 22-0 lead after the first 12:23."[Falling behind] threw us out of our game plan a little," Loyola quarterback Marcus Frisby said. "Their speed didn't surprise us, though. We knew what they had."

Outlaw said the early momentum was crucial against a Loyola team fresh from last week's 16-12 upset of then-No. 4 Gilman.

"It was important because you know they had confidence coming back from Gilman," Outlaw said. "They thought that they could beat us. We were a little concerned since they had played such a good game, but we came out strong."

Frisby helped make the score respectable by rushing 21 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns. The Gaels also helped Loyola's cause with sloppy tackling, especially late in the game.

Loyola (2-6) has two games left, next week in Delaware against Caesar Rodney and its annual Thanksgiving Day tilt against Calvert Hall at PSINet Stadium. The Gaels' season is over, and so is Outlaw's prep career.

"I'm almost in tears right now," said Outlaw, who hasn't yet committed to a college. "My last game as a senior. It's been a long, long haul."

At least for one day, it was also a rather fun one.

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