Kinnard, Dons stuff Cardinals

QB's three scores help Loyola share MIAA A crown

Loyola 26 Calvert Hall 0

Varsity Football

November 24, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Through arduous film study and detailed scouting reports, Calvert Hall coach Jay Robinson thought he knew what to expect of Loyola quarterback Leon Kinnard. In yesterday's 87th Turkey Bowl, however, the dynamic sophomore made a habit of exceeding expectations.

Kinnard ran for 76 yards, including three first-half touchdowns, and threw for 141 more, leading No. 3 Loyola to a 26-0 win over archrival Calvert Hall before 10,794 at M&T Bank Stadium.

"He is something," Robinson said. "We knew he was a playmaker, but he runs so well. He's so elusive when he gets outside. ... We get him third-and-long and he makes plays. I can't tell you how many third-and-longs they made."

With the win, Loyola (10-1) earned a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title along with Gilman and McDonogh. All three finished 4-1 in the conference.

The Dons also improved to 46-33-8 in the venerable series, which predates the NFL. They have won four straight over the Cardinals, as well as 18 of the past 22.

This one was more lopsided than most.

Paced by Kinnard (13 carries, 76 yards) and running backs Terence Garvin (eight, 76) and Kory Kapinos (23, 57), the Dons out-gained the Cardinals, 352-180.

"This was very important to us - it was a championship game," Kinnard said. "We wanted to show everybody that we were the best team in the MIAA."

Calvert Hall (1-8, 0-5) also hurt its cause with four turnovers, including an interception returned for a 7-yard touchdown by linebacker Bubba Harris in the game's waning seconds.

"Turnovers really hurt us," said tailback Kevin Graves, who led the Cardinals with 76 yards rushing. "The best team won today."

Said Robinson: "I'm not making excuses. They kicked the tar out of us."

It marked the first shutout in the series since 1995, when Loyola won, 21-0, as well as the largest margin of victory since the Dons' 40-6 win in 1999.

Though Loyola dominated statistically early, Calvert Hall managed to keep it close.

On the game's opening possession, the Dons put together a 13-play drive, to the Cardinals' 10. On a fourth-and-three, however, Kinnard, under heavy pressure from Ryan Griffiths, threw long, and the Dons turned the ball over on downs.

After holding Calvert Hall to a three-and-out, however, Loyola got the ball back at the Cardinals' 46. Kinnard then efficiently drove downfield, using an 18-yard pass to Mike Horne and a 13-yard pass to Omari Mobley to set up his first score, a 1-yard sneak that gave the Dons a 7-0 lead with 3:02 left in the quarter.

"It was very important [to take the early lead], because they're a good team with a lot of talent," Kinnard said.

Calvert Hall then put together its best drive of the half, winning the battle on the line to create big gaps for Graves and Dan Zentz. On fourth-and-three at the Loyola 24, however, Graves was stopped short after catching a swing pass from Zach Blake.

"We were so charged up, and we were just over-penetrating on defense and creating big lanes for them," Loyola coach Brian Abbott said. "Once we settled down a little bit, we made a big play. That's the way it's been all year - someone always steps up and makes a big play."

The Dons took full advantage, mounting a 76-yard drive, capped by Kinnard's 4-yard scoring run around the left side. They later extended their lead to 19-0, when Kinnard scored on a 1-yard sneak to cap a 52-yard drive with 52 seconds to play before halftime.

Loyola 7 12 0 7 - 26

Calvert Hall 0 0 0 0 - 0

L-Kinnard 1 run (Timmons kick) L-Kinnard 4 run (kick failed) L-Kinnard 1 run (kick failed) L-Harris 7 interception return (Timmons kick)

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