Loyola prevails in overtime

Timmons atones for previous miss with winning 18-yard field goal

No. 1 Loyola 9 No. 2 McDonogh 6

Football

October 07, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Loyola kicker Jeff Timmons had to wait before attempting to make up for an earlier miss, but it didn't affect his confidence.

"No, not at all," said Timmons, who missed a 26-yarder with 57 seconds left in the third quarter of top-ranked Loyola's showdown with second-ranked McDonogh.

"I knew my line was going to block for me, and I just trusted in my holder, Bob Kirby, to hold it down for me," Timmons said. "After missing that one earlier, I just hoped it came down to me so I could redeem myself."

Timmons did, hitting an 18-yard field goal to lift Loyola to a 9-6 overtime victory over the Eagles at McDonogh yesterday.

It was the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener for both teams. Loyola improved to 6-0 overall. McDonogh fell to 2-3.

It also took the teams overtime to decide last year's game, but that one was a shootout won by Loyola, 34-28.

Yesterday, McDonogh had the first possession in overtime, with each team starting at the opponent's 10-yard line. After the Eagles were stopped, the Dons ran the ball to the 2 and set up for the field goal on fourth down. However, the Eagles jumped offside as Timmons was about to kick, with the penalty taking the ball to the 1.

Although Timmons had the game-winner, it was Loyola linebackers Tim Bolte and Matt Heacock who sacked McDonogh sophomore Rudy Johnson on fourth down to set up the winning possession.

Loyola coach Brian Abbott, who notched his 100th career win in his 14th season (six at Loyola and eight at St.Paul's), had no doubt about having Timmons kick with the ball at the 1: "Jeff is a seasoned guy, and we practice those game-winning kicks all the time."

Each team was able to move the ball, but neither could finish its drives. McDonogh sophomore Sam Eby kicked a 25-yard field goal on the Eagles' first possession. The Dons took the lead on a 3-yard touchdown run by Terence Garvin in the second quarter.

Eby tied the score 6-6 on a 31-yard field goal with 7:20 remaining in the game.

"I thought both teams would put the ball in the end zone a few times," Abbott said. "But both teams played great defense [in the red zone]."

Loyola had 309 yards of total offense, with Garvin rushing for 85 on 18 tries and Leon Kinnard completing 12 of 23 passes for 119 yards.

Kinnard also played defensive back and held Eagles receiver Gerrard Sheppard to three catches for 54 yards.

McDonogh got a game-high 111 yards rushing on 24 carries from sophomore Bryan Ellis and had 271 yards of offense.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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