No. 2 Loyola gets 2nd win

Dons use good field position to score early, defense to help shut down No. 8 Dunbar

Loyola 19 Dunbar 6

Football

September 10, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Loyola was in Dunbar territory the entire first two quarters on both sides of the ball and used the field position to score all of its points before halftime in a 19-6 victory over the Poets yesterday on Poly's new synthetic turf at Lumsden-Scott Stadium.

The non-league affair was No. 2 Loyola's second win in as many games and was a season-opening loss for No. 8 Dunbar.

The Dons of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference started at Dunbar's 35, 42, 47 and 42 in the first half to score early with sophomore quarterback Leon Kinnard running for a touchdown and throwing for another.

Loyola's Bubba Harris-led defense held the Poets to a net 1 yard in the first 24 minutes and 29 total yards rushing for the game.

A 71-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence Watson to Dalonte Keemer put Dunbar on the board with 2:27 left in the game. Watson, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior transfer from DeMatha, entered late in the game and displayed a strong arm.

So, why didn't he play sooner?

"He came to us late from DeMatha and got his chance," Dunbar coach Ben Eaton said, smiling. "He showed us something and may have solidified the quarterback spot."

Dunbar, a perennial Baltimore City contender, held Loyola scoreless in the second half as sophomore down linemen Horace Miller and Antonio Brown contained the Dons' ground game.

"Field position and time of possession [just over 16 minutes in first half] really helped us in that first half, " said Loyola coach Brian Abbott.

"And Bubba and Ryan Klein [both linebackers] kept the pressure on Dunbar. Our defense stayed home and was patient."

A 30-yard punt return by Terence Garvin set up Loyola's first score, a 3-yard run by Kinnard to cap an eight-play, 35 yard drive.

With 35 seconds left in the first quarter, Poets quarterback Maurice Portee was tackled by a host of Dons in the end zone for a safety.

Jeff Timmons' 21-yard field goal midway through the second quarter made it 12-0 Loyola and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kinnard to Devin Gordon made it 19-0 with a minute left in the half.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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