Dons QB rises in OT win

Kinnard holds own in Jorgensen matchup

McDonogh rallies, but No. 1 stays unbeaten

Loyola 34 McDonogh 28


October 22, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Loyola sophomore quarterback Leon Kinnard was pulled aside by offensive coordinator Brant Hall hours before yesterday's game with visiting rival McDonogh, whose 6-foot-3, 180-pound Jared Jorgensen is a prolific passer.

"The matchup took me back to '95, when I was a sophomore and we played Mount St. Joseph. They were No. 1, and their quarterback, Lucas Phillips, was well-known," said Hall, who was named The Sun's All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year in 1997 after leading Loyola to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown and a No. 1 ranking as a senior. "No one knew me until we upset St. Joe. I told Leon, `I know [Jorgensen's] good, but let's show them who you are.'"

Kinnard, 5-9 and 170 pounds, introduced himself in a big way with yesterday's 34-28 overtime win over the No. 8 Eagles (4-3, 2-1). Kinnard rushed for touchdowns of 1 and 8 yards and threw for an additional 119, ending the game with an 8-yard scoring pass to Omari Mobley before 2,000 fans.

Jorgensen was 22-for-42 for 334 yards and four touchdowns, mostly to Andrew Feinberg (11 receptions, 188 yards, three touchdowns). But Mike Horne's end-zone interception of a pass intended for Feinberg foiled McDonogh's first overtime series from the 10-yard line, securing the eighth straight win for the No. 1 Dons (7-0, 2-0).

"Nobody knew about me; everyone knew about [Jorgensen]," said Kinnard, 15, whose team led 21-7 at halftime and 28-7 late in the third quarter. "Wearing [Hall's] No. 5 jersey means a lot to me. I wanted to prove I'm worthy."

Loyola led 7-0 less than two minutes into the game after Kory Kapinos' 58-yard touchdown run. It was 14-7 when Terence Garvin's 3-yard run ended a 12-play, 56-yard Dons drive. That lead rose to 14 points after Kinnard's 1-yard run was followed by Jeff Timmons' third of four extra-point kicks.

But Jorgensen sliced through the Dons' secondary in the fourth quarter, bringing the Eagles within 28-13 with 11:41 left in regulation on a 6-yard pass to Robby Ford (five receptions, 60 yards).

Jorgensen's 36-yard strike to Feinberg, followed by his two-point conversion pass to Ford in traffic, made it 28-21. Jorgensen's 9-yard touchdown pass to Feinberg, followed by Curtis Holmes' second extra-point kick, tied the game at 28 with 17 seconds remaining.

But Jorgensen-to-Feinberg was thwarted in overtime by Horne, whose second-quarter fumble recovery set up Kinnard's 1-yard run for the halftime bulge.

"Jared and I had been connecting all game, so why not try one last time? Their cornerback [Horne] made an amazing play," said Feinberg, whose first-quarter, 29-yard scoring reception ended an eight-play, 65-yard drive to make it 7-7. "Jared never gave up. He's arguably the best quarterback in the league."

Loyola avenged last year's loss to McDonogh, during which Bryn Holmes, now a freshman lacrosse player at Maryland, rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He was standing on McDonogh's sideline yesterday when Kinnard's out-of-bounds momentum nearly sent him crashing into a stone wall behind the Eagles' bench. But Holmes prevented the accident by grabbing Kinnard.

"I didn't want him to get hurt," Holmes said.

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