Smith turns Loyola around in time, 21-18

No. 10 McDonogh can't hold 18-0 lead, stop QB

Football

High Schools

October 12, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Loyola quarterback Brady Smith put on a show yesterday that No. 10 McDonogh would much rather have missed.

Smith compiled 270 yards of total offense in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another, a 1-yard score with 2:49 left that gave visiting Loyola a stunning, come-from-behind 21-18 victory over McDonogh.

The junior literally carried Loyola (3-3 overall, 1-0 league) to the victory. Smith ran for 115 yards on 20 carries and went 15-for-23 passing for 155 yards. He awakened an offense that gained 40 yards by the midway point of the second quarter as McDonogh (4-2, 1-1) raced to an 18-0 lead.

"We just told them to keep their composure ... and it's a long game," said Loyola coach Brian Abbott.

Abbott and the Loyola coaches basically turned Smith loose with the Eagles holding the 18-0 lead. They told him to start dumping short passes over the middle and under the McDonogh coverage -- and if he didn't see anything, start running.

"I wanted the ball," Smith said. "They told me [to pass] first and that if I had the run, take it. That opened up everything."

The Loyola line turned in a solid effort, opening big holes for Smith and Chris Gillyard (59 yards) up the middle after the slow start. The Dons finished with 370 yards total offense while McDonogh managed just 155 -- only 35 in the second half.

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