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 6-foot-2, 240-pound 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. The quarterback awakened a Loyola offense that gained only 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."

Corey Davis had helped McDonogh to the big lead with a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown and an 11-yard scoring pass from quarterback Rory Sanborn. Nick Marshall also had a 1-yard touchdown run as the Dons sputtered and couldn't get out of their end of the field.

But everything changed when Loyola got the ball with 5:46 left in the first half. Smith began alternating the quick passes and his runs and orchestrated an 11-play, 70-yard drive that culminated with Chris Gillyard's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left in the half.

That cut McDonogh's lead to 18-7 and gave the Dons momentum. McDonogh went three-and-out to start the second half before Smith and Loyola put together another long drive. Once more cleverly mixing the quick passes and quarterback draws and scrambles, Smith drove the Dons 77 yards on 16 plays over 9:50.

Smith then avoided a big McDonogh rush and flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to Doug Piper on fourth down with 2:14 left in the third quarter. The Eagles stopped Loyola on two straight drives before the Dons stopped McDonogh on fourth-and-one with 5:14 left in the game to take over at their own 38.

Smith quickly drove the Dons down field before getting the wind knocked out of him after a 5-yard run to the McDonogh 10. Loyola replaced him with Mike Kemp, and Smith lined up at halfback one play later, running for 6 yards to the 1-yard line and scoring on the next play.

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