Loyola's Brune: final chapter a loss

Calvert Hall tops Dons in coach's last game

November 23, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SEPCIAL TO THE SUN

Walking off the field for the final time as his 35-year career as head coach of Loyola came to an end yesterday, Dons coach Joe Brune stopped along the sideline, smiled and briefly pondered his future.

"I've got a lot of things I'd like to do," said Brune, 67, "maybe write something."

On this day, however, even Brune couldn't script a happy ending for the Dons, as archrival No. 13 Calvert Hall held them scoreless for the final 34 minutes en route to a 10-3 win in the 82nd edition of the Thanksgiving Day classic before 14,106 at PSINet Stadium.

In a game with crunching hits and costly penalties, it was a big play by Cardinals quarterback Andrew Goldbeck that made the difference.

Two plays after nearly connecting with wide receiver Lamar Williams on what would likely have been a 71-yard touchdown pass, had the ball not slipped off the sophomore's fingertips, Goldbeck got his team back in scoring position by scrambling around the left side for a 70-yard run to the 2.

On the next play, Matt Eckerl scored to give Calvert Hall (7-3) a 10-3 lead with 4:01 left in the first half.

"Nobody was really open. I just saw open green and was trying to go for the first down," Goldbeck said. "I got it, and a little bit more, too."

Led by a memorable performance by speedy quarterback Marcus Frisby, however, Loyola (3-7) had two late chances to tie or take the lead. Frisby, who acrobatically eluded would-be tacklers to rush 21 times for 128 yards and complete 10 of 17 passes for 76 yards, almost single-handedly moved the Dons inside Calvert Hall's 10 midway through the fourth quarter.

Prepared to go for it on a fourth-and-goal at the 9, however, the Dons were called for a false start, and Brune elected to go for a 32-yard field goal, which Dennis Eaton pulled to the left.

"I thought we could've handled that situation a little differently," Brune said.

After forcing the Cardinals to go three and out on their next possession, Loyola got the ball back at its own 45 with 3:57 to play. On a fourth-and-8 at the Cardinals' 39, however, Frisby's pass fell incomplete, and Calvert Hall ran out the clock.

"Marcus Frisby is arguably one of the best football players in the state of Maryland," Calvert Hall coach Jay Robinson said. "He made play after play, but our defense did a great job slowing him down. We did a nice job containing him."

Earlier in the game, it was the running of Calvert Hall's Marques Thompson that helped carry the Cardinals. Running behind an offensive line that averaged about 50 pounds per player more than Loyola's defensive line, Thompson (14 carries, 95 yards) gained 84 yards in the first half, helping set up a 24-yard field goal by Ben Pardew that gave his team a 3-0 lead.

Late in the half, however, the 165-pound junior re-aggravated a nagging high-ankle sprain, and carried just three times in the second half.

Loyola answered with a field goal of its own, a 29-yarder by Eaton following a wild eight-minute drive that included five penalties in six plays, prompting four untimed downs at the end of the first quarter.

At game's end, however, none of that mattered, as the two rival coaches shook hands on the field for the final time.

"What can I say to a legend?" said Robinson, whose team won its second straight game in the series, but still trails, 42-32, with eight ties. "I'm a little guy in the scheme of things compared to what Coach Brune has done for high school football in the state of Maryland. To look over next year and not see Coach Brune, it's going to be strange."

C. Hall 3 7 0 0 - 10

Loyola 0 3 0 0 - 3

CH - Pardew 24 FG

L - Eaton 29 FG

CH - Eckerl 2 run (Pardew kick)

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